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DET NORSKE LANDSKAP // THE NORWEGIAN LANDSCAPE

Design by Neue

Design by Neue

Loving the simple & stylish design of the new Norwegian passports created by Neue Design Studio. They based it around the lovely Norwegian landscape, highlighting the Norwegian identity with a timeless expression.

Design by Neue

Design by Neue

 

I have always thought that the Swiss passports were best, but I have to say that I am now very excited to be Norwegian and hoping to get my hand on one soon.

Seems like Norway is stepping up their design game with these passports & the new banknotes. Way to go Norway!

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SCENTS OF SCANDINAVIA

“A sense of Scandinavia. Of vast silent landscapes and raw seasons, of cosy shared moments and the world’s happiest peoples.”

These scented candle from SKANDINAVISK are pure beauty. The collection celebrates the uniqueness & diversity of Scandinavia, focusing on simplicity & quality. Each candle has a unique scent which reflects a different aspect of the homely lifestyle we all love.

 

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RO // TRANQUILITY
“Peace, calm and tranquility from the kingdoms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. This delicately scented candle subtly infuses the room with gentle notes of fresh cut grass, ripening fruit orchards and hidden blankets in the dunes.”

 

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Ö // ISLAND
“Hundreds of thousands uninhabited islands scattered across Scandinavian waters offer absolute escape. This scented candle reflects the breezy freshness of the archipelagos.”

 

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HAV // SEAS
“The coastline of Scandinavia is surrounded by the cold waters of the North Atlantic, Baltic and Arctic. This scented candle reflects the freshness of these Scandinavian seas with notes of water flora and cool air.”

 

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FJORD // FJORD
“Coniferous forests, waterfalls and an abundance of flora magnify the majestic West Norwegian fjords. This scented candle reflects the wonder of fjordland with fresh notes of crashing waterfalls, forest fruits and orchard fruits.”

 

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SNÖ // SNOW
“Infused with a hint of winter berries and frozen wood, Snö is a subtle scent for the home to lighten the darkest night.”

 

All photos by SKANDINAVISK

All photos by SKANDINAVISK

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OATLY

I’m a sucker for products with great packaging design, so when I saw the OATLY carton in the shop I just had to get it. I was even more excited when I found out it’s Swedish and actually tastes good.

The packaging & rebrand of Oatly was done by the Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors who treated the packaging as an advertisement space for the brand, playing on the fact that a lot of us do shop with our eyes.

All photos by Oatly

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HAVET // THE SEA

This week the winning proposals for Norway’s new banknote design was announced by Norges Bank. They decided that the designs submitted by Snøhetta and The Metric System will each represent one side of the new banknotes, which results in the perfect contrast between traditional & modern.

My favorite is the current, pixelated expression of the proposal from Snøhetta named ‘Beauty of Boundaries’. It has a clean Scandinavian feel, unlike any other banknotes I have seen. The style invites each spectator to have their own interpretation of what they are looking at, celebrating creativity and the power of imagination.

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All designs by Snøhetta

“Our cubical pattern first of all represents pixels; our times visual language. Secondly, it represents mosaic; surface décor put together by different materials of different colors which together create a picture. The cubical pattern constructs the coast, the horizon, and the motive; just as we humans construct our societies on the coast”‘ – Snøhetta

You can see all of the 7 design proposals & information here (all text in Norwegian..)

The bank is now working on incorporating the security elements required for the notes to be functional, and in the meantime all of the shortlisted designs will be exhibited at Grafill in Oslo. The first new banknotes will be in circulation in 2017, and it will be very interesting to see the final product.

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THE ART OF THE BRICK

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Photo by Ingrid Opstad

This weekend my brother came to visit, and since he is a massive Lego fan I decided to take him to the ART OF THE BRICK exhibition by Nathan Sawaya in Brick Lane (very fitting!) The exhibition included over 80 art sculptures which was created by millions of Lego building blocks – a recipe for success in my eyes.

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Photo by Ingrid Opstad

I have always been interested in Lego, as from a young age my parent would take us on holiday’s to Lego Land in Denmark almost every summer. I like how versatile the bricks are, that you can create almost anything out of these simple, colorful blocks and the fact that they have become a design classic & a must-have for kids all ages.

“Dreams are built…one brick at a time” – Nathan Sawaya

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Photo by Ingrid Opstad

The exhibition was great, almost like a Lego Land for grown ups. It was fun to go through the different rooms which all had different themes. My favorite area was where he showcased his Lego versions of classic paintings such as Mona Lisa & Scream. My brother’s highlight was probably the last room where the audience was encouraged to play.

I would recommend this exhibition for anyone who likes Lego..and who doesn’t?

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