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VACAY MODE // CRETE

I came home from Crete a few days ago, from one summery destination to another one as Oslo almost had the same warm temperature as the Greek island. I brought my Mac with me on vacation, as I always do.. with intentions of updating the blog at least once during my stay but directly fell into a very lazy and comfortable vacay mode with no updates at all. Back home I´m so very rested, after all I have only been staying at a beautiful resort and days went by with swims in the clear blue ocean, spending time with my children and soaking up on the sun. Exactly what I needed right now.

photography © elisabeth heier

No wonder I feel rested after spending a week in these surroundings.. The hotel is OBC in Makrigialos, and for more tips on Crete I visited some beautiful spots last summer as well – you´ll find everything gathered here,  the best coffee in Chania, a hotel tip in Kolimbari and some beach- and restaurant recommendations. 

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SEE MY OSLO // A GRÜNERLØKKA MINI GUIDE

I have taken some time off work the last few days to show my dear friend Katerina (Only Deco Love) who moved here last week some of my favorite places in our neighborhood, and my recommendations might be useful for you as well if you are visiting Oslo and want to see something else than the typical tourist places. My part of the city is called Grünerløkka, and from the city center it will take you about ten minutes to walk (or you can catch tram number 11, 12 or 13, they will all take you here). Grünerløkka is originally an old working class area along the beautiful river Akerselva where all the factories were situated (if you follow my stories on Instagram you can see some glimpses from time to time from the river, its a really nice place to go for a walk or a run). Not so much of a working class area anymore, the streets are lively and you will find both students and families living here.
There´s a reason why I moved back here right. The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and I promise you, you will easily spend some hours wandering the streets in my neighborhood.

Territoriet
The best wine bar in town. A huge selection of wine by glass, high quality wines and skilled sommeliers behind the counter. This place is always packed, both inside and out on the street, but stop by anyways, the atmosphere is so nice and its definetly worth having a glass of wine regardless.


Bass Oslo
Delicious food, minimalistic interior, and a nice neighborhood atmosphere. They call themselves a gastro pub, no spesific genre but I find the food quite Nordic in style with pure tastes and high quality ingredients. I recommend you to book a table in advance of your visit, the place is very popular amongst the locals.

Kontrast
One star Guide Michelin restarant owned and run by Swedish chef Mikael Svensson. Kontrast is a modern Scandinavian restaurant focusing on using ingredients that are both local and at the peak of their season. Their main goal is to offer world class, organic and ethically sourced ingredients and they recieved their first Michelin star in 2016. Book a table and go for dinner.
See more here from my visit earlier this spring.

For other places to eat I recommend Kamai for delicious sushi and bao in their café, or try the full kaiseki menu in their restaurant. Txotx for authentic basque pintxos, Taco Republica for the best tacos in town and Himkok if you´re up for cocktails later. (Taco Republica and Himkok is situated between the city centre and Grünerløkka) Make sure to stop by Mathallen too, a nice indoor food market with several good restaurants. Hitchhiker is my favorite at Mathallen. For breakfast or lunch try the newly opened Drivhuset Deli with their plant based food. Nice salads, pancakes, porridge, juices and more.

Kollekted by
Inspiring and always with some exciting new products, Kollekted by is run by the stylist duo Jannicke Kråkvik and Allesandro
D´Orazio. An interior shop where you´ll find up and coming young designers behind the counter, carefully curated products by the owners and brands like Frama, Menu, Futagami, New Works, Guri Sandvik, Another Country and more.

Ensemble
Scandinavian and cool, owned by former stylist Marte Økelsrud. Brands like A.P.C. Carven, Eytys, Lovechild, Norse Projects, Nué Notes, Rodebjer and Totême.

Dapper
Right next to Ensemble you´ll find Dapper. Mens clothes and accesories, traditional barber equipment, a barber salon and bikes. Right around the corner you´ll also find their bike workshop.

Also visit Babel for womens clothes and labels like Yvonne Koné, Isabel Marant Etoilé, Ganni, FWSS, Whyred and more. Cos and Weekday is also represented near Olaf Ryes Plass. Houz, Granit (Thorvald Meyersgate 63) and Futura for interior shopping, Houz is a short drive away but worth it if you have time. (See more from Houz here)

You are always close to one of the green parks at Grünerløkka, and in the weekends you´ll find markets and fun events here. Also great for picnics and barbecues. Find your favorite spot in Birkelunden, Sofienbergparken (also with a nice playground for kids), Olaf Ryes plass or Kubaparken.

I´m trying to find out where I can buy the best ice cream this summer, and På Pinne is high up on my list. I bought my Koko Chanel from their truck at Schous Plass, and with ingredients like avocodo, dates, raw cocoa and coconut milk it´s not only tasty but healthy too. Another good place for ice cream is Ice Crime which you can find at Munchies in Thorvald Meyersgate 36. Try the salty caramel..

Supreme Roastworks
One of the best places for coffee is Supreme, and you are safe to be served the very best by world champion brewer Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen who also is one of the co cowners. Lots of locals catching up at the bar, friendly and higly skilled staff. Supreme has their own roastery inside the coffee shop and the atmosphere is always super nice.

Another coffee roastery and espresso bar to visit is Tim Wendelboe a little bit further down on Grünerløkka. Recommended!

photography © elisabeth heier

Elisabeth

 

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3 DAYS OF DESIGN // HIGHLIGHTS II

I promised to show you some more from 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen and finally the last photos is sorted, edited and up on the blog. First up is Erik Jørgensen who has teamed up with Montana in a new showroom at Bredgade 76. With this Erik Jørgensen now has two showrooms in Copenhagen, in Bredgade 76 they mainly focus on their home collection while in the one in Pakhus 48 they focus on their contract collection. They have done a great job making the showroom an inspiring and exciting place to visit, each room has its own expression and colour scheme: The Botanical Garden (above), Tranquillity, and the Blue Room (both below). The green room is inspired by botanical gardens and international trends, with plants as a big part of the décor. Here
you´ll see the Hector sofa designed by Norwegian Anderssen & Voll toghether with the classic AV chaise longue by Arne Vodder.

The room called Tranquility is set out entirely in white. It creates a sense of surplus, purity and tranquillity, as a perfect contrast to the heavy furniture classics. The Delphi sofa in white leather is combined with the Corona Spectrum chair and the EJ 63-66 coffee tables designed in 1999 by Foersom Hiort-Lorenzen. The table clearly reflects its time with its shiny square chromium legs and matt marble tabletop, and once again the table is a popular contemporary choice by virtue of its classic materials of cool marble and metal. (Will definitely be considered when I´m deciding an a new lounge table.) From the pure white haven you enter the cosiness of a room in dark blue that invites you to sit back in the big Spring sofa and smell the roses hanging from the ceiling. The Blue Room is a small cave with a dramatic expression.

From the home feeling at Erik Jørgensen to what felt like an art exhibition at Frederica with it´s igloos showcasing iconic and new furniture dressed in innovative fabrics by Kvadrat/Raf Simons. The new Fredericia showroom is situated on the top floor of the historic former Royal Mail House in the heart of Copenhagen. The 1100 square metres spread across two floors and presents Fredericias history from its beginning in 1911 until the present day. With more than 100 years of craftmanship Fredericia gives a great insight into the absolute best of Danish and international furniture design.

Børge Mogensen designed the sofa 2213 (above) for his own home in 1962. With generous proportions, modest aesthetic, a choice of materials and execution second to none, the sofa achieves Mogensen’s ambition to create the ultimate sofa. Showcased at the upper floor at Fredericias showroom you clearly see how well it fits in a modern environment in 2017 as well.

From one amazing roof top terrace (view over Copenhagen from Fredericia above) to another amazing roof top terrace at Muuto, below. Yes please, I would love having lunch at such a lovely place more often.

Muuto is known for their ability to create original products with new perspectives and the result is an innovative, aesthetic and functional collection of New Nordic furniture, lighting and accessories. Above you can see the sofa called Outline designed by Anderssen & Voll, Around table by Thomas Bentzen and rug and throw designed by Margrethe Odegaard. Odegaard is a strong figure by textile designers in Denmark. She has received both national and international awards and recognition for her work with textiles, colors and patterns. I had the pleasure of visiting her workshop some months ago and it was such an inspiring experience.

Last up, HAY at the historical Lindencrones Palæ. Like entering an castle. HAY was not included in my original plan for showroom visits, but I´m so very happy I went by after a hot tip that this place was a must see. The exhibition included the Result Chair and Pyramid collection, relaunched by HAY and Ahrend originally designed by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld. HAY´s new kitchen collection, called HAY Kitchen Market was also shown for the first time at this location during 3 Days and will be in stores this fall. You can see more photos from this beautiful place at Desiree/Vosgesparis and Katerina/Only Deco Love´s blogs.

photo 1, 2, 3 © Erik Jørgensen, photo 4-13 © Elisabeth Heier

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NÆRVÆR BY NORM ARCHITECTS

Yet another reason to visit Copenhagen soon again, the new restaurant Nærvær designed by Norm Architects. It seems everything the designers at Norm Architects is doing turns into success, and I am a huge fan of their aesthetics.

With the ambition to create a local wine bar and restaurant emphasised by an intimate and cosy atmosphere that underlines a sense of presence, Nærvær is located in a fairly new and contemporary building. Situated in a prime location of Christianshavn overlooking the canal with a beautiful view Copenhagen’s old city centre, this new place hosts a local winebar as well as an intimate and high-end gourmet restaurant with seating for no more than 10 people. Welcoming Copenhageners as much as the rest of the world, it is a spot where locals and foreigners alike can share great and affordable wines from around the world, as well as a taste of the french kitchen.

Notice the lamps hanging above the bar, also designed by Norm Architects. Constructed from slim oil-burned steel frames, the designers created a series of conceptual and highly industrial lamps for the space, providing warm and soothing light for the winebars´s guests.

With a humble and intimate approach to the interior, Nærvær is formed by a casual atmosphere with small spaces and niches for guests to enjoy. With an interior design defined by an array of stone, wood and metal, the materials are all natural and have deliberately been altered in order to create dark and industrial surfaces that matches the mood of the place. This focus on tactility brings a warm, material richness to the interior that naturally compliments the raw concrete walls and industrial framework of the space.

For this particular project, Norm collaborated with Danish ceramist Maj-Brit Würtz on a special collection of handmade plates, bowls and vases for use at Nærvær. (Her workshop is in the small town of Gilleleje, up north on Sjælland, and would definetly be on my list of places to visit if I were nearby.)

I absolutely love the mix of raw concrete walls, huge green trees, the elegant Gubi Beetle bar stools and Stay lounge chairs and the colors used from the dusty neutrals to the warm red. Perfection.

photos via Norm Architects

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HOTEL DANMARK

I promised to show you more from the hotel I stayed at during my visit in Copenhagen last week, the newly opened Hotel Danmark. Or newly renovated and reopened. The hotel belonging to Brøchner Hotels, the same as SP34, Hotel Astoria and Avenue Hotel, opened its doors in the beginning of May and is already known as a super stylish alternative to my all time Copenhagen favorite Hotel SP34. No wonder I feelt at home when the welcoming staff is familiar faces from SP34, the atmosphere and location is also good, close to the City Hall Square, Glyptoteket and Denmarks National Museum. Perfect when you´re out and moving at all times like I did during 3 Days of Design. The lobby (above) works well both for late night working, short meetings and the social wine hour – pretty much sums up my days.

Moving further into the hotel there´s a beautiful lounge area facing the backyard. If I could point out one thing at the hotel? I really, really wish this was the breakfast restaurant and not the location that it has in the old Tivolihallen restaurant. Traditional Danish, but this area suits the hotels style so much better. Luckily the breakfast is delicious, organic and with lots of healthy options.

Throughout the hotel, both in the lobby, lounge area and the rooms you´ll find pillows and throws from the Danish brand Aiayu. Love the attention to details like this. You can also find lightning from Swedish Rubn Lightning and walls covered with a variety of colors from KABE.

The hotel offers several different rooms, from small single rooms to spacious suites. All of the rooms is decorated with smart solutions, extravagant features and beautiful furniture. The interior offers unique design elements with marble covered floors and walls resembling soft velvet. Still very newly opened and some finishing details left, but I´m sure that in a few weeks time everything will be finished (roof top terrace opened this week) and ready for new guests. Overall experience? Super nice, welcoming and always helpfull staff and really beautiful interior.

photo © elisabeth heier

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24 H IN STOCKHOLM

Wednesday I took off for 24 hours in Stockholm, from rainy Oslo to the very sunny Swedish capital. I was invited to the opening of Bolon Lab Store Thursday morning (which I´ll tell you more about later) and although it was a short trip this time I had time both walk a bit around and discover a new favorite restaurant. Like always, I only wish had so much more time when traveling.

The beautiful view is from TAK, a newly opened resturant with an amazing roof top terrace. One floor down you´ll find the restaurant with delicious Nordic-Japanese cuisine. (I recommend the sushi bowl, Chirashisushi)
The 1000 sqm restaurant over two floors was designed by Wingårdhs Architects and the design team found inspiration in both the Asian and the Nordic part of the kitchen and of course the amazing view that was revealed when the concrete facade was replaced with windows. The Nordic furniture tradition provided a good foundation, and it was designed both tables suitable for the Lightwood chair by Jasper Morrison, screens, ceilings, bars etc. The buildings  1970´s character also flavored the design of the interior and the result is an inviting and elegant restaurant with a really nice atmosphere.
(A warm thanks to Alexandra at Bolon and Therese for taking Katerina, Susanna and me – and for the best company.)
TAK, Brunkebergstorg 4.

 

Super cool windows at Bolon Lab Store, can´t wait to show you more!

Another Stockholm favorite of mine is Snickarbacken 7. I always try to make time for lunch there when I´m in town, both for the very delicious food and the little store inside. If you´ve seen some of my ceramic cups from Japanese Kinto, this is where I buy them. Centrally located at Snickarbacken 7, just off Birger Jarlsgatan.

The cake in the middle.. I´m still dreaming of the taste of it.

photo © elisabeth heier

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