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CULTURE
Darkness & Light: Contemporary Nordic Photography
by Laura Feinstein Nordic countries aren’t known for their mild climates. Whether it’s the near-mythic winter darkness of the Scandinavian “polar night," or the periods of 24-hour light that characterize the Midnight Sun, this is a region of stark...
FOOD-DRINK
Charged: Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken
The first signs of spring are just starting to show in the low mountains of the Jämtland region of Sweden (600 kilometers northwest of Stockholm) and the stores of preserved wild grasses, cured calf liver and other uniquely Scandinavian delicacies...
DESIGN
Skandinavisk Candles
The design and quality that went into creating the Copenhagen-and-Stockholm-based Skandinavisk's inaugural set of blue and white candles caught our eye last December, and their more colorful second batch signals the arrival of spring. The brand continues...
CULTURE
The Conference, Part Two
In Part One, we wrote about The Conference’s theme of taking grassroots action in media—people doing it for themselves. Another persistent subject, which kept rearing its futuristic head, was the concept of expressive technology. In contrast to the...
DESIGN
Snickeriet
The Scandinavian obsession with hallmarks of quality, attention to detail and hand-craft is embedded in the psyche of the region's people. Recent years have seen a return to the core ideals of its design-minded countries—Finland, Denmark and...
STYLE
A Walk In Our Shoes
Scandinavian label Leifsdottir channels today's "modern woman" with a mix of avant-garde cuts, gorgeously art-inspired patterns, a bold use of color and an approach to femininity that's equal parts confident and seductive. So, when asked to participate...
DESIGN
Check In 11: Unpacked
With the world's press and monochrome-clad fans of design descending on Sweden for a glimpse of the distinctive "Scandi" style at Stockholm Design Week, we checked in on one of the most promising satellite shows, "Check In 11: Unpacked" to see...
STYLE
Obscur
Easily one of the most slept-on labels in its native Sweden, Richard Söderberg's Obscur is arguably one of the most progressive fashion brands coming out of Europe. The label's strength lies in its balance of color, material and cut, inspired...
STYLE
Scandinavian Spring/Summer 2010 Sunglasses
Emerging like edgy first blooms, a slew of new sunglasses from Stockholm are challenging other fashion capitals known for quality, stylish accessories. Both fashion forward frames and reconceived classics pop as the main styles, but three brands...
CULTURE
Scott Daniel Ellison: The Birthday Party
Scott Daniel Ellison's latest solo show—his second in NYC—expands on his fascination with ragged animal life, horror film characters and the artists' recurrent fears, all in his trademark faux-naïve style. The Beacon, NY-based...
FOOD-DRINK
Root Fruit Vegetable Crisps
A lightly fried alternative to the standard potato chip, Root Fruit crisps add beetroot, parsnip and sea salt into the mix. (Click above images for detail.) We scored a bag of the Scandinavian snacks with basic seasonings on a recent Stockholm visit...
DESIGN
Mormor Tableware by Gry Fager
An intelligent riff on kitchen textiles, Gry Fager's Mormor collection of tableware for Normann Copenhagen combines modern form and traditional pattern with the most gratifying results. Mormor's distinct patterns—a graphic interpretation...
FOOD-DRINK
Swallow Magazine
We liked Swallow Magazine so much we sat down with James Casey, its creative director. This hard bound bi-annual magazine approaches food, and the people and culture behind it, in new and innovative ways. Cool Hunting: What was the inspiration behind...
DESIGN
Work Lamp by Form Us With Love
Design House Stockholm, a multi-faceted brand specializing in contemporary Scandinavian design, exhibited a few new pieces alongside its existing collection at this year's New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF). One piece which caught my eye...
DESIGN
Barbara Í Gongini
by Ezra Natalia Fascinated by graphic forms and primitive silhouettes, Danish fashion designer Barbara Í Gongini delivers a collection of black wedding dresses and conceptual knits based on the old traditions of her native Faro Islands. A spiritual...
STYLE
Ivana Helsinki
Ninety percent of the time, you can pick a Scandinavian brand from a metric mile away, which is not necessarily a bad thing considering that they have such a refined, clean approach to thinking about clothes. Ivana Helsinki, however, is not someone...
DESIGN
E&Y: Greenland
Just steps from the infamous 10 Corso Como, the Japanese brand E&Y mounted a modest show at Galleria Antonia Jannone under the name "Greenland." The title was supposed to reference both global warming and the changing nature of the...
CULTURE
Susanne Sundfor
We featured Scandanavian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør on Lost At E Minor last week and followed up with her to get the secret on her wonderful singing voice. Her response: "Thank you! I've always loved to sing. When I was a little...
TECH
Scandinavian Skincare
One look at most Scandinavian complexions is a good enough testimonial to try some of their skincare regimens. These three brands all have an ethos of simplicity, draw on Eastern traditions, and use top-quality ingredients. We picked their travel...
DESIGN
Suprb
Responsible for some of the slickest graphic design in Stockholm, Suprb creates typography and graphics across all mediums from print to kitchen decor. Super chic and unmistakably Scandinavian, we're loving the clean, bold, glass-covered lines...
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