Bjørg

Bjørg is a Norwegian jewellry designer whose work I stumbled upon in a cool interior design shop, Milla Boutique in Vika. I was so blown away by the jewellry on display! It is RIGHT up my alley. I’ve mentioned before that I am all for statement jewellry but have toned down recently out of laziness. Now I have found Bjørg and am in love with her designs that are bold, rustic and quirky all at once. She releases 2 collections a year; “The Classic collection has its foundation in silver, diamonds and precious stones whilst the Odyssey collection represents new directions through its foundation in bronze.”

And on ispiration:

“Whether the specific inspiration comes from surrealism, Charles Darwin experiments or ancient myths, there is always a link through an industrial approach to conveying nature in a piece of jewellry.”

Nuff said.

BRON||BROEN

I have been obsessed with this series since my sister introduced it to me. It is a fantastic series, crime/drama with scandinavian flair. I love the fact that it’s bilingual, Swedish and Danish, because that aspect of nordic languages truly fascinates me. I love that speaking Norwegian/Swedish/Danish enables you to understand the other two. Seems like they are 3 dialects rather than languages. It’s a bit sad that Norway is completely uninvolved in this series, but whatever.

It all starts with one murder on the bridge which connects Sweden and Denmark which brings detectives from both countries together on what becomes an increasingly complex case. Every episode is loaded with suspense and always ends with a cliff hanger. I watched season 2 before season 1 so season 1 was kind of ruined because I knew how it would end. Nevertheless, I love the scenography and scandinavianess of it all.

The main issue I have is that FX is making an English version starring Diane Kruger. Ok, you change it slightly by setting it in USA and Mexico, but still. This just brings up the beef I have with people not wanting to watch foreign language films/series because of subtitles or whatever. You miss out on so much good stuff from being too lazy to read. Ok, enough ranting, if you have access to it, watch Broen!

OPA FORM Arkitekter

OPA FORM Arkitekter is an architecture company based in Voss, Norway. I was so inspired by their latest project ‘En Løe i Endring’, where they work with old abandoned buildings to create an  alternative experience for visitors to Norway who want something other than a traditional hotel.

They work with local owners of unused barns, sheds, or other old buildings and build mobile entities that are placed in these empty shells, where the debris and invading

nature in these old buildings are part of their charm. OPA FORM selectively removes and tidies the spaces in order to maintain a clean visual experience and prevent too much clutter from detracting from the ravaged beauty of the existing architecture. This curation allows them to highlight what they want to highlight, which is the story of the building, what was done in it, why this was built where it was, why it was built the way it was.

I love the concept and find it an inspiring way to see and experience architecture, which I personally find quite bland usually.