MONDAY MUSIC



Kristallen den fina, arranged and performed by Georg Jojje Wadenius and Gejoma.

FOOL PROOF GIFTS

This is our list of can't-go-wrong gifts from Sweden that suit all ages above 20 years, all genders, most home interiors, and all life events: wedding, christmas, birthday, anniversary, hostess gifts...



Round tray Aristida, Svenskt Tenn. Small crystal bowl Precious, by Malin Lindahl for Orrefors. His or her body scrub brushes, by Iris Hantverk. Baroque candlestick in concrete, by Tove Adman. Napkin rings available in silver or brass, by Skultuna.  Kitchen towel Siljan, by Ekelunds Linneväveri. Stoneware bowl available in 5 colours, by Höganäs. Notebook Dinners, by Ordning & Reda.
IMAGES: ORREFORS WEBSHOP, SKULTUNA WEBSHOP, SVENSKT TENN WEBSHOP, TOVE ADMAN, DESIGNONLINE, ORDNING-REDA.SE, CERVERA.SE, IRIS.SE

SATURDAY SHOPPING. SIGH.

PEM-TOI-GP00127 P.L. Wilhelmsens assortementhandel i Storgata 97, Tromsø

Saturday shopping at a crowded mall with two kids today. Not looking forward to it.
IMAGE: WILHELMSEN'S MERCANTILE STORE CA. 1905, by thoralf ØIEN, PERSPEKTIVET MUSEUM, TROMSØ

DYING TO ANNOY A SCANDINAVIAN?

The Scandi Kitchen is a Scandinavian food company in Britain. They've compiled a list of 17 ways to annoy a Scandinavian. Go on, I dare you...

COZY TOES


I have always loved my Tretorn rubber boots. At times I've tried other brands, both Finnish and British, but nothing beats the Tretorn fit on me feet. Their first factory opened in 1891, and the company now offers rain gear and shoes.

Since I bought my latest pair while pregnant, I have the Scout boot. Very sensible, practical, adjustable and easy to put on and take off. No longer in that "blessed" condition, I have started eyeing their cuter options, such as the model Nicole, above, or the zippered Lady.
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE ZAPPOS.COM

ON MY WISHLIST

RYSSBY 2014 Burk med lock, set om 2 IKEA Den genomskinliga burken gör det enkelt att hitta det du söker, oavsett var den är placerad.
I am slightly annoyed that my local IKEA doesn't carry all items of the limited edition collection Ryssby, but these glass canisters are supposed to arrive any day now. Let's hope they aren't gone by the time I get there...
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE IKEA

THE FIRST SNOW

The first snow.

And so it arrived, not long after the first day of winter.
IMAGE: MARIUS KONRAD ERIKSEN VIA FLICKR

ROCK ON


Aksel L. Hansson has been producing his signature chairs since 1938 in Hjelmeland, Norway. The rocking chair Aksel is a children's classic. Made to last generations it is bound to be a family heirloom. Available at the Purnorsk webshop or from AKSEL.NO among others.

PS. Annasjul, this is a great item for your shop ;)
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE PURNORSK WEBSHOP  

MEANWHILE, IN SVALBARD...

Lonely roads.

The polar night is fast approaching the Arctic, and cloudy skies remind us of the impending season.
IMAGE: NEIL MORALEE, SEPT 2014, VIA FLICKR

GET IT WHILE YOU CAN


I've been meaning to wait with the actual Christmas stuff a little longer, but this one's sure to be sold out in a couple of weeks. Looks good as is, but can easily be decorated with ribbon or string or what not. I love that they filled it with spices. Adventsstake from Granit. 
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE GRANIT WEBSHOP

WISH ME LUCK


When temperatures drop low enough, I don't linger outside on my evening errands. Instead, I entertain delusions of having enough time to make something and linger on websites such as Korsstygnsbolaget in search of a small little something that might be easy enough. 
IMAGE: KORSTYGNSBOLAGET. USED WITH PERMISSION  

OCTOBER READS FOR CHILDREN

Mamma Mu bygger koja  

The unlikely pairing of a patient but curious cow and a scurrying pessimistic crow have resulted in a dear series of books. Here they build a tree house, and ponder whether its the journey or the destination that is worth while. Available in SwedishNorwegian, PolishArabic.

It can be quite daunting to perform on a stage, and how do you conquer your nerves and deliver a line in the school play? A younger brother comes to the rescue in The world's best singer, available in SwedishEnglish, French, and German. Read an excerpt here.

A lively cat tries to cheer a grumpy old man. A not entirely trivial task. Available in SwedishNorwegianFrenchGerman. Read an excerpt here.
IMAGES: ADLIBRIS, SMAKPROV.SE

A COOKIE TIN FOR GRANDMA

         
3 kinds of cookies from Arbro Ångbageri are now available at Slottsboden at the Royal Castle in Stockholm. The perfect gift for great aunts and grandma!  
IMAGE: PRESS IMAGE ARBRO ÅNGBAGERI, FOTOGRAF KATARINA HANSSON

STRÄNGNÄS CATHEDRAL

Strängnäs Cathedral, Södermanland, Sweden

Strängnäs Cathedral ca. 1890.
IMAGE: SWEDISH NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD ON FLICKR 

A COLORFUL FALL

One of the reasons why we love Scandinavian design and love to give it as gifts, is its ability enhance both a minimalist and a maximalist home.  Its simplicity and modern shape contrasts classic settings beautifully, and its playfulness brightens a graphic or strict setting.  Colourful fall
Tealight chandelier Nappula by Iittala, Wooden hairbrush by Åhlens, Kivi votives in salmon pink and rain by Iittala, Key ring Ordning & Reda,  Gräshoppa table lamp Gubi, Mail box Bruka Design, Miniature ficus microcarpa IKEA, Elsa Beskow Tray Design House Stockholm. Aalto vase in deep purple by Iittala, Stockholm vase IKEA, orange Färgrik bowl IKEA,  Rondello paper napkins by Iittala, Fazermint chocolates by Fazer, candle holder HM Home, Wooden bowl HM Home
IMAGES: PRODUCT IMAGES IITTALA, IKEA, ÅHLENS, BRUKADESIGN, FAZER, H&M HOME, CONNOX.COM, ORDNING & REDA, CONRANSHOP.CO.UK

SCANDINAVIAN RECIPES ONLINE

I am not in the business of reinventing the wheel, so whenever someone from abroad asks for a recipe of a Swedish or Scandinavian dish I send them one of the links below.

It's my little list of excellent recipes from Scandinavia that are tested and adapted for a global crowd.

Happy cooking!

SAVEUR - Scandinavian Recipes  
SAVEUR - A Scandinavian Dinner Party 
World Food Channel - World Recipes: Scandinavian Recipes
Jamie Oliver - Super quick salmon gravlax
Martha Stewart Living - Swedish Crayfish Boil
Martha Stewart Living - Dinner Party, Northern Light: The cold/weather comforts of Sweden
Marcus Samuelsson on Martha - How to make pickled cucumber salad
Food Network/Marcus Samuelsson - Gravlax Club Sandwich
Epicurious/Andreas Viestad - Fish soup from Bergen 
Rachael Ray - Sailor's beef and potato casserole

WELCOME BACK NORGESGLASS!

NORGESGLASS MED HENGSLET LOKK 1 L

Ball mason jars in the US, Weck jars in Germany, and in Norway: Norgesglass. The once ubiquitous canning staple was discontinued and became a collectors item. Finally back in production at Hadeland Glassverk, Norgesglassen are available in three sizes and with two types of lids. 
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE KVALITETSGAVER.NO

FALL IS HERE

Vigeland II
IMAGE: JON OLAV EIKENES VIA FLICKR

YOUR OCTOBER PLAYLIST

We're compiling short playlists on Spotify with Scandinavian artists only. Spotify users are welcome to subscribe, or use it as a starting point to discover new artists.

You can also simply press play in the sidebar here on the blog. Enjoy!

PLAY IT AGAIN, GRIEG

Edvard and Nina Grieg playing cards with three friends

From left: Nina Grieg, Edvard Grieg, Johan Halvorsen, Frederik Delius og Christian Sinding, enjoying a game of cards. Christmas 1887, Leipzig. 
IMAGE: The Edvard Grieg Archives, BERGEN PUBLIC LIBRARY, VIA FLICKR

WEEKEND READS

 
The catalogue for Bukowskis Modern Auction part 1 - Art, Prints, Sculpture. Svenskt Tenn celebrates its 90th anniversary with an exhibition and publicationBukowskis Modern Auction part 2 -Furniture, Glass, Carpets, Works of Art, Design

ATTENTION BAG LADIES

Every three years or so, a new IT-bag graces the shoulders of young women in Stockholm, usually corresponding to the opening of a new luxury brand store. The current craze is sure to pass quickly as the bag is impractical, uncomfortable, and wears out quickly despite the hefty price tag.  

Palmgrens have been providing excellent leather goods since its founding year 1896. No dangling metal logos, no frills, just simple elegance and craftsmanship. Worldwide shipping. 
IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE PALMGRENS.SE