The upcoming week is filled with exciting events in Oslo and one of them is Oslo Design Fair. As always I am looking forward to see the tendencies exhibitions, also this autumn curated by Kirsten Visdal and Per Olav Sølvberg. The theme is Past – Present, and the stylists has interpreted four tendencies they believe in for the future; Poetic, New Luxury, Workshop and Futuristic. «The world still feels insecure and it makes us seek our roots. We want the earthy, the retro. Past can be found among different styles, from the ancient classic art via industrialism to the seventies with burned colors and ceramics». – Kirsten Visdal.
If you are visiting make sure to attend to some of the lectures as well. Usually there are some really good ones and the opening day (30/8) I have pointed out Niels Strøyer Christophersens (founder of Frame) lecture, Cristiano Pigazzini/Note Design Studio and his talk about creative possibilities and Daniel Rybakkens talk about daylight and objects. In between checking out the exhibitors and looking for some goodies among the autumn news.
Photography by Margaretha M. De Lange / Styling by Kirsten Visdal for Oslo Design Fair
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.
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. Hitchhikeris 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.
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.
Scandinavian and cool, owned by former stylist Marte Økelsrud. Brands like A.P.C. Carven, Eytys, Lovechild, Norse Projects, Nué Notes, Rodebjer and Totême.
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) andFutura 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..
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 Wendelboea little bit further down on Grünerløkka. Recommended!
A few weeks ago I visited restaurant Kontrast for dinner and although I had seen photos of the place in advance of my visit I was stunned by the beautiful interior. It was about time I visited too, having a Michelin star restuarant in my own neighbourhood calls for a visit, doesn’t it? After the delicious dinner I had to ask the chef and the owner of Kontrast, Mikael Svensson if I could come back during daytime for some photos, and I´m so happy I can share the place with you.
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. It´s quite impressive to experience what Mikael and his team has achieved in a short time, from the opening at this location late 2013 and til now being a recognised restaurant that attracts guests from far and near. What I loved the most is the atmosphere. The open kitchen where the chefs were working so focused and calm, as a team who knew exactly what to do and who were doing it. No loud voices, no noise, only a super proffesional and well coordinated team who made me look just as much at them working as I was talking to my friend when we were eating. I wish I could have shown you some photos of the food as well, of course everything looked and tasted like small pieces of art. A experience truly recommended for the mix of world class food, relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful interior.
The interior of course matches the concept of the restaurant perfect. Scandinavian, high quality with the twist that never will get boring. Young and classy at the same time. Raw concrete floors, curtains who makes it all a bit more elegant, and the furniture and lamps from &tradition. Throughout the restaurant you´ll find the Catch Chair, In Between chairs- and tables, the Copenhagen pendant, Fly sofa and table, Blown lamp, the Lightforest lamp and the True Colors vase. The newest addition is a beautiful painting by the Norwegian artist Espen Dietrichson.
Mikael Svensson was born and raised in Skåne/Sweden, in the countryside among farmers and open landscapes. His career took him to Oslo, and then to different European restaurants before he went back to Oslo again. Finally ready to pursue his dream of opening his own restaurant, the dream he´d been having for fifteen years, ever since he decied to become a chef.
I dag lanserte Houz Oslo sin fine nettbutikk og det er så gøy å kunne vise frem noen av bildene vi tok til webshopen tidligere i høst. (Ina K. Andersen er fotografen, Linda – eier av Houz og jeg står bak stylingen.) ..ingen hemmelighet at dette er en av mine favoritt interiørbutikker, og jeg heier så på Linda og teamet på Houz når de nå utvider på nett. For om du ikke har mulighet til å besøke den fysiske butikken er den fine atmosfæren tatt med over digitalt. Og miksen av produkter er unik.
Allerede ute i Frognerveien kan du ane at det gjemmer seg en liten oase lenger inn om du tar turen gjennom portrommet. Jeg klarer faktisk ikke å gå forbi selv om jeg ikke skal gjøre noen innkjøp den dagen – det som åpenbarer seg i bakgården som deles mellom Mina Milanda og Kolonihagen er bare så skjønt at det må oppleves for atmosfæren sin skyld. Mer enn en gang har jeg brukt lunsjen (og vel så det) bare på å gå rundt å la meg inspirere. Også kan man jo faktisk innta lunsjen hos Kolonihagen etterpå. Tidligere i uken hadde jeg med kamera da jeg var innom, så bli med inn til mitt favoritt- inspirasjonssted i Oslo for blomster og planter!
Blant palmer, bambus, eucalyptus, kaktus og vakre sukkulenter i grågrønne nyanser selges vaser, potter, bordplater og annet i hvit og grønn marmor. Håndplukkede skatter fra Italia og Frankrike – unike ting Anne Mina som eier og driver Mina Milanda har tro på. Uavhengig av trender, men med lidenskap og kjærlighet bak hver eneste lille plante og krukke. Gode tips og fakgunnskap får du også med det ut døren sammen med blomstene.
Er det ikke fint når plantene settes sammen og mikses som de gjør her? Superfint og inspirerende.
Bakgården går over i Kolonihagens utesevering og under parasoller og lyslenker må dette være Oslos mest hyggelige uteplass. Skjermet fra bytrafikk, omgitt av Mina Milandas vakre planter og med Kolonihagens nydelige mat kan man lett forestille seg at man befinner seg et langt mer eksotisk sted enn midt i Oslo. Så heldige vi er som har noen sånne skjulte skatter i byen. Vel verdt et besøk om du ikke allerede har vært der!
A hidden gem in Oslo is the flower shop Mina Milanda who shares a beautiful backyard in Frognerveien 33 with the restaurant Kolonihagen. Visit for wonderful atmosphere, inspiration and flower shopping. And eat lunch or dinner at Kolonihagen before you leave.
Tirsdag åpnet Aesop sin andre butikk i Oslo, denne gangen i Homannsbyen på Majorstua med adresse Oscars gate 19. Som første gang Aesop åpnet butikk i Oslo har Peter Girgis, interiørarkitekten fra Snøhetta stått bak designet. Peter har faktisk designet fire Aesop butikker hittil, to i Tyskland i tillegg til Oslobutikkene (totalt står Snøhetta bak seks Aesop butikker). Ikke så vanskelig å forstå når du kommer inn i butikken, atmosfæren er helt spesiell. Rennnede vann, duftene fra de mange Aesop-produktene og i den nyeste butikken, eiketreet som dekker både vegger og tak i forskjellige mønstre gjør det lunt og varmt. Legg merke til detaljen i byggets fasade over døren med den runde lampen, dette orginale tremønsteret i det funskjonalistiske bygget fra 40-tallet ble inspirasjon og utgangspunktet for eikearbeidene inne i butikken.
Den spesiallagde vasken i messing forsterker det varme og lune inntrykket i butikken, og den avskårne pyramideformen veggene og disken er kledd med gir volum og spenning til eikeflatene. Denne butikken er helt annerledes enn butikken i Prinsens gate, og for min del er hver Aesopbutikk en opplevelse å få med seg. Alle har sitt særpreg og er så gjennomførte og unike ned til hver minste detalj. Vel verdt turen innom neste gang du er forbi!
Slike prosjekter krever dyktige samarbeidspartnere og Snøhetta har her samarbeidet med Henriksen Snekkeri som står for eikearbeidene, mens Concept Design står for belysningen.
Tuesday Aesop opened their second store in Oslo, and like the first time Aesop opened in Oslo, Peter Girgis, the interior architect from Snøhetta has designet the store. The store is very different from the first Oslo-store, but they are both amazing. Aesop Homansbyen is situated on the ground floor of a 1940´s functionalistic building and the interior draws inspiration from original details and materials of the buildings facade. The oak covered walls and custom made sink in brass makes the atmosphere warm and the whole store is so beautiful and unique. Make sure to stop by next time you´re in the neighbourhood!