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Norway’s nature creeps into design

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By Robert Landon

Oslo’s waterfront glitters with petrodollars. But as soon as you move beyond its small central core, you see signs that, before the discovery of oil in the ‘60s, it was perhaps Europe’s most modest capital. Before long you will encounter the wildness that reaches from the surrounding mountains down into the heart of the city. Parks are refreshingly ramshackle. Lawns go untrimmed. Down weedy alleys you may find tiny wooden shacks tucked between Palladian villas and modernist behemoths.

Norwegians’ natural modesty. They prefer to buckle down than to brag about the fruits of their labor.

Norway’s design and architecture scene possesses a similarly rugged appeal. Traditionally, the country has played second – or third – fiddle to fellow Scandinavian powerhouses Denmark and Sweden, but not because of any dearth of talent. More likely, this lack of kudos results from the

Kolleketed By Created by the brilliant designer-stylist team of Jannicke Kråkvik and Alessandro D’Orazio, this newly opened shop gives new form to exquisite styling work that for many years the two displayed in the pages of Elle Decor. The store’s quirky, carefully curated collection,

Perhaps this lack of guile is what makes their designs so beguiling. No matter how sophisticated they get, they seems to retain a thrilling dose of the rough natural world. Four new additions are coloring the city’s design landscape. With one remarkable exception, they smuggle the rawness of the Nordic wilds into the city’s most urbane precincts.

© Ekeberg Sculpture Park, Trattoria Popolare, The Thief / Mattias Hamrén and Jason Strong

Nordiculture

A Magazine, Issue 73  

The August/September 2014 issue of A magazine takes readers on a power trip, exploring fearless fashion, pioneering party trends and challen...

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