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New Nordic Treats – April 2018

Warm Nordic
ArchitectMade Rufus
Marimekko Growth Stories
Below The Surface
SKAUS at Dockleaf

Seeing as we’ve reached the quarter mark of 2018 I thought it was time for another round-up of my favourite new Nordic treats.

I wanted to take the time to share with you some of the amazing things that have captured my imagination, tickled my tastebuds and had me on the edge of my seat these last few weeks.

Warm Nordic

Inspired by architect and founder Frantz Longhi’s wish to make high quality, iconic Scandinavian design available to more people, Warm Nordic is a really exciting new online brand.

Prior to launch they showcased a number of stunning examples from the 100 piece collection at this year’s Stockholm Design Week (more details can be found here).

Now design lovers everywhere can have a timeless piece of furniture, a lamp or a range of accessories that were no longer in production in their very own home.

ArchitectMade Rufus

ArchitectMade is yet another example of how Danish brands have always been able to seamlessly mix architecture and homewares to create something truly magical.

These beautifully made products are all designed by some of Denmark’s leading names, and Hans Bolling’s latest addition is a relaunch of his timeless Oscar dog.

65 years after the first model was produced, his new companion, Rufus, comes in at almost 3 times the size. Made from beech and leather, each one is totally unique and has movable body parts so he can express himself just like a real dog.

So if you’re looking for a canine friend, without having to take him out for a walk, this could be the chap for you.

Marimekko #GrowthStories

Throughout this year Marimekko are asking us to share with them our own stories of personal and professional growth.

Since the 1950s the bold prints and colours of this pioneering Finnish fashion brand have epitomised creative passion and empowerment, while still having fun.

Inspiring new interviews are being released monthly, the latest features New York based fashion influencer, Cipriana Quann. So far I personally love the one with electro pop goddess, Roisin Murphy.

I may now need to quote her on a t-shirt, “It’s a bit crap being human. But at least we have art.”

Below The Surface

Have you been watching BBC Four’s latest Danish crime thriller on a Saturday night? My husband and I have been totally gripped, though it’s no surprise given our track record (read more about our Nordic Noir addiction here).

Set in present day Copenhagen, Below The Surface opens with a very timely national crisis – the hijacking of a subway train, where 15 members of the public are held hostage.

Whether it’s because we know the city so well, or more likely because it from the makers of The Killing, Borgen and the amazing film A Royal Affair, we’ve found all eight episodes action packed.

Like all great Scandi dramas, this series forces you to really think about who the hero in the story truly is.

SKAUS at Dockleaf

I had a great time interviewing the guys from SKAUS earlier this year as they took the huge leap of opening a Nordic inspired food pop up in my home city of Liverpool (read more here).

Well I’m very pleased to report that their 3 month stint was a huge success and Dan and Josh are now taking up a restaurant residency at Dockleaf, which is based in the Cains Brewery Village.

I can’t wait to sample their take on a Scandinavian brunch in the coming weeks, I’ll let you know what its like.

All photography via the brands named above.

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