EXPLORATION BY KRISTOFFER KIØRBOE
In honor of the beautiful weather outside, here’s a Danish video that will have you feeling like those summer days are not so far away. The video was featured at The Danish Architecture Centre as part of an exhibition called New Urban Spaces. The show looked at how urban space can be used and featured a collection of projects and videos. Enjoy! (via Fieldwork)
Happy Belated Waffle Day!
As it turns out, March 25th was Waffle Day in Sweden. Mmmm yep, I think I just found my new favorite holiday! March 25th is the Annunciation Day of the Virgin Mary, also known as Våffeldagen or Waffle Day. It is a tradition for most Swedish families to celebrate the two events by making fluffy heart shaped waffles topped with jam, berries, and whipped cream. Sure I’m a tad belated, but...
He's Got A Ticket To Ride
Just when you thought riding a bike couldn’t get any easier, Norwegian engineer, Jarle Wanvikengineers designs the Trampe Bicycle Lift. The Trampe, a bit like a bunny ski slope at a ski resort, was built in Trondheim, Norway in 1993. The idea behind the design was to promote the use of bicycles, by eliminating the grunt work of steep hills. Sounds like a cyclist’s dream come true! ...
Danish Designers: Hvass & Hannibal
Danish designers, Sofie Hannibal and Nan Na Hvass, started an art and design studio based in Copenhagen in 2006. Since then, they’ve been taking design to a three-dimensional realm. These talented image makers captivate audiences not only with art design, but with their photography and set theatrics. This Danish duo has even designed costumes for some of Denmark’s most famous...
Denmark Transforms Trash Into Clean Energy
Can I get an amen Denmark? Talk about leading the way towards greener energy resources! Denmark has found a solution to its trash build-up and it doesn’t involve landfills. The European nation has developed a mainstream method to turn trash into heat and electricity. This new type of plant uses dozens of filters to catch pollutants, which would have normally been excreted into the air. ...
A Smorgasbord of Swedish Cinema
Northern Exposure: Social Change and Sexuality in Swedish Cinema, 1913-2010 hits the big screen at The Film Society of Lincoln Center from April 16 to May 4. There will be an eclectic mix of 40+ films featured, ranging across 7 decades of Swedish cinema. Swedish cinema was the most prominent of Scandinavian film during the 20th century. This is largely due to the popularity and prominence of the...
A Bit of Culinary History: Gingerbread
“The Swedish word, pepparkakor, literally translates as pepper cakes. The first pepparkakor were honey cakes, flavored with pepper and other spices such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and anise, and were imported from German monks beginning in the 1300s. Over time, the pepper was eliminated from most but not all Swedish pepparkakor recipes and the honey was replaced by beet sugar syrup. ...
IKEA's Metro Makeover
For two weeks in March the Swedish global brand, IKEA, took over four of Paris’s subway stations. They spruced up underground platforms with comfy sofas, large wall posters, and spot lighting, giving commuters a chance to interact with the brand while resting their bum on one of their featured couches.Imagine getting off at your stop and being welcomed by a virtual living room....
Discover Sweden's Miss Li
Musician, Miss Li, most recognized here in the states for her song Bourgeois Shangri-La that was featured in the Apple ipod nano commercial, is the most endearing thing to hit the Swedish music scene. Check out her music video for the song I Heard a Girl below. I warn you… her voice is pleasantly addicting!
Helga Steppan's Chromatic Collection
There’s nothing OCD about Swedish artist Helga Steppan. Her conceptually driven photography illustrates how everyday objects, people, and situations all relate to each other. Check out some pictures from her collection “See Through” below. Here’s a little snip-it from her website bio: Swedish artist that graduated from Royal College of Art in London, 2004....
Swedish Gingerbread Caramels... Yes Please!
How could you turn down candy that comes in a package as cute as this? I wish all food could come in such a wholesome container. These charmingly Swedish gingerbread caramel candies have been a Swedish tradition for over 100 years. They even have a little history behind the folk art packaging. “The box pattern is derived from farmhouse tapestries for happy occasions and the snowstar...
Danish-Icelandic artist: Olafur Eliasson
Photo taken by: Barry Yanowitz Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson, is known for his engaging ecological installation themes. He utilizes elements as water, temperature, light, and mist to bring his art alive and generate a physical sensation. One of his recent site-specific installations Waterfalls in New York City was partnered with The Public Art Fund to protect water quality and...
Snøhetta @ Scandinavia House in New York
The picture above is of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet building in Oslo, Norway. This award winning structure situated both on land and on water is designed to look like an iceberg. Crazy, right?! The Scandinavian visionaries behind this award winning design are a Norwegian firm that calls itself Snøhetta. Go see their innovative and environmentally conscious works in a visually...