Hello Spring

Hello Spring via that nordic feelingToday marks the very first day of Spring according to the Danish calendar. It doesn’t quite feel like Spring yet, but we are certainly getting closer. We’ve had a few sunny days this last week and I see little bulbs of crocus, winter aconites and snowdrops shooting up every where – yay! I am so ready for Spring!

How do you great Spring? I get the urge to wash the windows, to let the light come through after a long and dark winter, and clean the house from top to bottom. I am in the process of simplifying and I am really enjoying it. It feels good to let go and focus on the important stuff.

Hello Spring via that nordic feeling

Like I wrote in my last post I am doing a lot of thinking these days. In this brand new month of March I want to read more, spend some time doing absolutely nothing (!) and focus on the important things and people in my life. I have a trip planned for Holland (Deventer and Amsterdam) later this month that I am very excited about and I have some quality time planned with one of my favourite people in this world; my fabulous Mum. We are going to the Royal Danish Ballet, spending a Saturday at an event at a spa etc. March is going to be great, I just know it.

Hello Spring via that nordic feeling

May Spring be full of light, love and life lessons x

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Less is more

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Yesterday was sunshine and spring feeling all the way through. Oh how I love days like these. The promise of warmer weather, longer days, more hours of daylight and soon also bulbs and green leaves. Spring is near (please!).

I’ve been home for two weeks now. Everyday life is catching up on me; going to work, doing chores, answering emails (sooo many emails), catching up with friends and family etc. I came home with so many thoughts and ideas and I think I will write some of them down here, to keep myself on point and not lose track of them in the midst of everything else.

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I want to simplify. Everything, really. Before I left for my ever so wonderful trip to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia (post and pics coming up!), I was running around like a mad person trying to keep up with everything. I was working all the time; nights, days, weekends – trying to keep up with a full-time job, a full-time blog and doing a bunch of freelance work on the side. Honestly it was getting to be a bit too much. And the holiday and break from everything underlined that for me. All work and no play is not good for you (or me!). I need to cut down and allow myself some time off.

I had forgotten how good it feels to read a book. Remember those square thingies we used to have before Netflix came along? I read a few while I was away and even bought a bunch of books in Singapore. I have been finding time to read since I came home and it is so nice to stop multitasking and focus on the simple joy of words on paper.

It’s one of the things that’s on my list this year. Remember this post, where I talked about greeting the new year? The book I fill out every year really helps to keep my focus on the things I want to work on.

The beginning of a new year always makes me want to clear my mind, my home and everything else in between. So I started with my wardrobe last week. Honestly I have more clothes than I need. So I took everything out and only put the things back, that I wear or realistically will wear. That left three huge bags of clothes on the floor. A good friend of mine have been collecting clothes from friends and family and dropping it off at an asylum center that houses Syrian refugees. People who has left everything they own behind fleeing from war. I can’t think of a better place to give my clothes to! So I called my friend, and he picked it up last Sunday.

Since then I’ve been going through all my cabinets and drawers. I have so much more stuff than I need. Seriously how many candle holders can one person own? So much of it has never been used, so it is time to let go. I have been running a big clearance sale on Instagram on a profile called @thatnordicfeeling_shop. So much has been sold already, but I am still going through my home, so more will be put up for sale in the coming weeks. Feel free to follow the profile if you want to see if there is anything for you (Danes only, sorry).

Ahhh, it feels good to let go. To simplify. You should try it! Happy almost weekend, guys! x

 

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Copenhagen, my love

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It’s been a while since my last post. First of all I’ve been travelling around Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia for three weeks. I came home a week and a half ago and it’s been all about getting back into the routines of everyday life and work ever since – and getting used to the cold again (eek!). And then something terrible happened to my beloved city, my home, last weekend.

I started writing a blog post after the events in Paris last month. I never finished it. I couldn’t quite find the right words or describe the whirlwind of emotions and the pain in the pit of my stomach. So I never posted it. And then it happened again. Right here, in the city I call home, the city I love to pieces, the city I feel safe in. It hit me – hard – as a person, as a journalist and as a Copenhagener. So now, a week after the events that shocked my city, I am back here, struggling with the words again..

I know this is a blog mostly about design and interior. But it is also a personal blog, it’s my blog and it’s all about the things that I like and that moves me. So I have to talk about the things that’s on my mind. To keep it interesting for you – and me. I have no words for the terrible events that happened last weekend. Words seem so inadequate anyway. But I will say this; it’s so easy to judge and point fingers. And it’s natural to want to find someone to blame. I don’t think that will do us any good. That is not the way we will move on from this. During the last week I have seen so many declarations of love, hope, tolerance, kindness, compassion and unity. Last Monday I stood shoulder by shoulder with 40,000 fellow Copenhageners and Danes in a candlelit memorial. Not to blame anyone. Not to shame anyone. But to stand together in a time of crisis. To help each other cope and grasp what had happened to our city, our country and the values we stand for. This and so many other things this last week has shown me, that Copenhageners in all shapes, sizes and colours are coming together. To me, that is what my city stands for. And it makes me proud.

I will quote one of my all time favourite songs and the  brilliant singer/song writer Jack Johnson: “Love is the answer, at least to most of the questions in my heart.” United we stand. Together we are strong. And we will not let this break us. On the contrary – we will work hard to continue making Copenhagen a tolerant and free city with room for everyone.

From Copenhagen with love,
Rikke
xxx

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Healthy Energy Bars // gluten-free recipe {guest post}

I’ve asked a hand full of inspiring and talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off on holiday in Southeast Asia. Eight up is Ditte Ingemann, a food & lifestyle photographer, cookbook author and food blogger extraordinaire.

Ditte Ingemann

Ditte is a dietitian, a genius in the kitchen and super-duper nice. I find lots of inspiration on her blog the Food Club and in her cookbooks – she’s just published a new one, that I must own too. She’s sharing one of her brand new recipes with us, yum! Welcome Ditte!

Energy bars with coconut

Low carb energy bars via that nordic feeling

I’m so happy that Rikke has asked my to “babysit” her blog while she’s enjoying her vacation. I want to share a recipe from my new cook book “Low Carb fra The Food Club” and it’s one of my favorite recipes.

It’s easy, healthy and really tasty. You can use these energy bars as a snack, a small dessert or as a sweet treat for the pinic. I recommend making a large portion and keep them in the fridge.

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Ingredients

makes 15-18 bars

150 g. unsalted cashew nuts
100 g. shredded coconut
2 tbsp chia seeds
50 g. hemp protein powder
15 soft dates, pitted
5 tbsp soft coconut oil
3-4 tbsp raw cacao powder
about 8-10 tbsp water

Topping

Freeze dried berries or sea buckthorn

Add all ingrediens in a blender or food processor and blend until everything is combined – if the mixture feels too dry, add more water.

Line a loaf pan (20*22 cm) with a piece of parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan with slightly wet fingers. Sprinkle a handful of freeze dried berries on top – chill for at least an hour or overnight. Cut into large or small bars, as desired. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store the bars in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer.

Enjoy!

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Thank you Ditte. I am going to make these when I get back – such a great idea for a healthy snack. If you want to see more of Ditte’s beautiful photos and find more of her fab recipes, go check her blog the Food Club and find Ditte on Instagram under @ditsen.

I am loving the guest posts while I’m away – more exciting ones to come, stay tuned!

Photos: Ditte Ingemann

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Jette Egelund: The story of Vipp {guest post}

I’ve asked a hand full of inspiring and talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off on holiday in Southeast Asia. Seventh up is Jette Egelund, the woman behind the Danish design company Vipp.

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Jette Egelund is the Chairman of the board and co-owner of Vipp. She is also the daughter of the founder Holger Nielsen. I first met Jette last summer at a styling event at Vipp. During the following dinner we had a very interesting and long talk about Vipp and the design industry. Jette’s story moved me and I have great respect for all the hard work she’s put into building a company around the legacy of her father. I am so pleased that Jette agreed to tell her story in her own words and to let us have a peep into her family album. 

How Vipp came to be

The personal story of my company, Vipp, goes far back in time to even before I was born. My father Holger Nielsen, founder of Vipp, was born in 1915. Growing up with a father who was a coppersmith with a small business inspired him to become a smith himself. In the 1930s he began developing steel and metal products for several businesses in area. However, the most important thing that happened around that time was the fact that he met my mother, Marie. They married and had two girls, my sister and me. We moved a little outside the city where I grew up – with my father’s workshop in the backyard.

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Jette’s parents Holger and Marie

A fun fact before I go on. Besides being a skilled craftsman, my father had a huge passion for dancing and he established a dance school, which he ran for 21 years with approximately 1,000 students a year.

Anyway, my mother played an essential role in my father’s and my life. She was an entrepreneur and at the age of 23 she opened her own hair salon in Randers. She asked my father to equip the salon, including a pedal bin. She had a specific idea of how it should be designed. The bin should open without the use of hands and be tall enough for her not to bend down with the cut hair. A few months later, the Vipp bin was made. The look, design and function of the bin captured the attention of customers and more and more people requested the bin, particularly doctors, dentists and veterinarians.

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I was born in 1950 and where I grew up, we had no daycare. My mother had great success with the hair salon so I spent the first seven years of my life near my father’s workshop, “Holger Nielsens Metalvarefabrik“, with my grandmother looking after me. My father, though, had no plans on teaching or involving me in his business, but I was a curious girl and looked over the shoulder’s of his employees to get glimpses of the action. Despite the increasing numbers of bins manufactured, Vipp continued to be a small business to the day my father died in 1993.

The story of Vipp via that nordic feelingLike my father, I had no intention of taking over Vipp. I had moved to Copenhagen, was in my 40s and had a good job. However, just before he passed away, I promised him that I would help take over the company – although I must admit that I wasn’t quite sure how to do it. I discussed it with my husband and though he did not want anything to do with it, he supported my decision. He could provide for us, as the Vipp gave nothing in return.

Having to learn everything from scratch, I accommodated myself in my old room in Randers during the week and went back home on weekends. I had many trips across Kattegat. Sometimes I was in doubt where home was – Hørsholm or by the factory in Randers?

Thanks to the help of my father’s old employees I slowly became familiar with the production. I started visiting customers – which my father never did. Orders were increasing and I needed more employees. Unfortunately, it turned out my decision about taking over Vipp had not only an economic cost, but also big personal one. My husband of 22 years left me. I was suddenly all by myself with basically no income. That was in 1996 – a very turbulent time for me.

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Sometimes things are easier when one has nothing to lose. There is only one way to go -forward. Being alone, I put all time, effort and passion into building Vipp. I was wearing all the “hats”; I was in charge of production, product development, sales, administration, warehouse staff, drivers etc. I visited suppliers and customers. The economy was obviously strained and I had no money for personal affairs. I was even singing in the local church choir to make ends meet. However, the hard work paid off. Sales started increasing. It was still mostly B2B partners – hospitals and the dental sector.

The dream was always there – to bring the Vipp pedal bin to the private customers. I wanted people to experience these beautiful products in their homes – why not, everybody needs a waste bin? Because of the many workflows in constructing of the bin, it had to be customers who were willing to pay for long-lasting quality. I therefore began visiting design shops as they could be the channel I needed to reach the quality-conscious consumers.

The idea that better furniture stores could be a starting point for the distribution of the bin and also the toilet brush was special and at a fair in Frankfurt for furniture and design, I confirmed this assumption. Especially abroad sales began to go well. There were no reservations compared to shops in Denmark, who considered the “dentist bins” old and uncool. The increasing sales required administrative skills for export and the first employee was hired to the office in Randers. Hereafter, I invested in new machinery for the production, recruited a few extra hands beyond the foreman who had joined earlier. Packed lunches were enjoyed in the small 3×4 m2 “canteen”. Mostly I used the breaks to talk to the staff about how we could optimize and make things better.

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Hiring employees meant that the Danish Working Environment Authority would stop by to check if everything was in order. Neither the canteen nor machines met the legal standards. I had to improve on all area of the business, which I barely could afford. At the same time more and more orders came in and added pressure on both stock and production. I could not expand the factory in Randers, since it was located in a residential area. The idea of selling the factory in Randers and outsource the production began to emerge. I read in the newspaper “Erhvervsbladet” that outsourcing could be the future for companies like Vipp. At the time I had six different bins in various sizes and shapes, a toilet brush, a laundry basket and an ashtray. In the summer of 1999 I was determined to execute the outsourcing strategy and though it was difficult to leave Randers, I made a deal with a factory on the island of Lolland, who now stood for the entire production.

Back in the summer of ‘99 I initiated the separation of my mother’s house, where I grew up, and the small factory, so my mother, who was then 80 years-old, could stay. It was emotionally tough – I had no certainty that leaving Randers was the right thing to do. Was it okay to make such radical changes while my mother was still alive? And what if I did not succeed?

September 30th 1999 I went back to Zealand. The old van was filled with office items from the factory in Randers. At home my children, Sofie and Kasper, were waiting for me. We met at the place in Lyngby, where the Vipp office was going to be – with production several hundred miles away. Now things really started to take off.

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Kasper was studying at the Copenhagen Business School and Sofie did a master in graphic design. I was an educated social worker, had graduate studies on CBS with a master degree in HR – besides my years of apprenticeship as a smith. Together we were able to take the next step!

Since wages were modest, we agreed that my new employees (Kasper and Sofie) would get a part of the ownership in Vipp. Today, the company and all shares are equally divided between us. The responsibility for the daily operation is on Kasper’s shoulders, while Sofie is working hard on the American market – living in Manhattan. Vipp has approximately 40 qualified employees working from the HQ at Islands Brygge, Copenhagen. The portfolio has expanded with many products – from the bin to a suction hook, a kitchen and latest a shelter. Though it has been a tough journey with many (personal) ups-and-downs, it has truly been an amazing experience and it is far from over.

Kind regards,
Jette Egelund

The story of Vipp via that nordic feeling

Thank you Jette. I hope you enjoyed reading Jette’s story? It’s amazing what hard work and the will to explore new territory will lead you. A lesson for all of us. If you want to see more of Vipp, please check Vipp.com and find Vipp on Instagram under @vippdotcom. You can also check this and this post from fun styling events at Vipp.

I am loving the guest posts while I’m away – more exciting ones to come, stay tuned!

Photos: Jette Egelund

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Meet Danish designer Silke Bonde {guest post}

I’ve asked a hand full of inspiring and talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off on holiday in Southeast Asia. Sixth up is designer Silke Bonde.

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Before I ever met Silke I bought a few of her prints years ago. Because of Instagram, Silke knew that. So the first time we met she said to me “I think my Fox is hanging on your wall”. We had a laugh and we’ve had many great talks since. I’ve actually just framed a print from Silke’s new collection – I’ll show you once I’m back. I asked Silke to share her inspiration and approach to design with us.

I find inspiration in the nature that surrounds us

Hi everyone,
It’s a pleasure to be here. My name is Silke Bonde. I am 24 and I have just finished my final thesis in Brand Design. So now I guess I am a grown up. For two years I have been working with graphic design and sold my graphics all over the world. It has been a great journey so far and I can’t wait to welcome new exiting projects in the future.

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I love how we are able to communicate and share through photos worldwide. Scrolling down Pinterest and Instagram I dream of all the beautiful places in the world. Every day I see beautiful places that I would love to explore and I am adding them to my “where to go when Copenhagen is too rainy” list. Hopefully I will be sitting on a plane this fall with my backpack heading some place far away.

Even though it often rains I actually love Copenhagen a lot. I lived in Nørrebro with my boyfriend and Balder (my dog) for some years and it was great. But suddenly it all felt so crowded and we were longing for fresh air, a walk in the woods and silence. So we moved to a place a little north of Copenhagen. Now we live close to the sea as well as the woods and I can ride my bike to the centre of Copenhagen in 25 minutes. The perfect combination!

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While being in my “nature mood” I created my new limited “Blue Water” collection. The water that surrounds our little country and the water that rains on us 121 days a year inspired me. The “Blue Water” collection is a tribute to the water that we can’t live without. So of course it’s made with watercolour.

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The aesthetic clean lines from the world of geometry combined with the Scandinavian design history are the key building blocks in my work. I like to act in a humorous and informal universe, which often includes animals and the nature in general.

I hope you enjoyed reading a little about me. Let’s meet in the digital world.

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Thank you Silke. I hope you enjoyed meeting Silke. Go check out Silke’s beautiful prints in her shop where you also will find a list af retailers around the world. You can also find Silke on Instagram under @silkebonde.

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the guest posts – more exciting ones to come, stay tuned!

Photos: Silke Bonde

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Blueberry-Lemon-Meringue Layer Cake // gluten-free recipe {guest post}

I’ve asked a hand full of inspiring and talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off on holiday in Southeast Asia. Fifth up is Signe Bay, a super talented photographer, stylist, recipe developer and teacher.

Sine Bay

I’ve never had the pleasure of meting Signe, but I’ve been a long time fan of her whimsical and beyond beautiful Instagram universe. Magic happens, when Signe is in the kitchen! And on top of that she often makes recipes without gluten and refined sugar – needless to say I’m a fan! I am so happy to welcome Signe on that nordic feeling where she is sharing an amazing cake with us. Let’s get baking!

Hi there!
I am so excited to do this visit at Rikke’s wonderful blog universe. I have made a gluten- and refined sugar-free cake recipe that I want to share with you. It is a perfect afternoon cake or even a birthday cake. The blueberries and lemon suit each other perfectly and with the meringue/almond crust, the layer cake doesn’t get heavy at all. It is light and not particularly sweet. Actually it reminds me a bit of Spring, which is not bad at all, right? I hope you will enjoy it!

Blueberry-Lemon-Meringue Layer Cake

A gluten- and refined sugar-free recipe

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For the cake:

150 g honey
170 ml water
6 egg whites (at room temperature)
2 tsp. cold water
A pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
250 g ground almonds

For the frosting:

40 g butter (at room temperature)
140 g honey
250 g mascarpone (at room temperature)
200 g cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
50 g fresh blueberries

For the filling:

100 g of the frosting
150 ml whipping cream
Zest of 1 lemon
100 g fresh blueberries

50 g blueberry jam or compote (optional). You can make it of 100 g berries, honey and water and cook well for approx. 15 minutes at medium heat.
Juice of ½ lemon

Decoration:

50 g fresh blueberries
Some lemon slices

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Directions:

  • Heat oven to 175 ‘C. First we will make an Italian meringue; Bring honey and water, without stirring, to a boil in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Let it boil for 3-4 minutes.
  • Whisk egg whites, the 2 tsp. cold water and salt in a medium bowl until soft peaks form.
  • Remove honey-syrup from heat and immediately pour into the soft peak egg whites in a slow, steady stream while continuing to whip the egg whites at the same time. Once all the syrup has been poured in, continue whipping the egg whites until stiff and glossy. Add vanilla extract and rapidly beat for about 2 more minutes.
  • Gently fold ground almonds into the Italian meringue until just combined. Pour the almond-meringue into a butter greased springform tin (diameter approx. 22 cm.) and bake for 20-23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Take out the cake and let it cool down in the springform tin for 20 minutes and then carefully take it out of the pan.
  • While the cake is in the oven, prepare the frosting: In a medium bowl beat butter and honey with a mixer until combined. Add mascarpone, cream cheese, vanilla extract and lemon zest and mix just until combined, no more than one minute. Be sure not to overbeat, or frosting may separate. Put 100 g of the frosting in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Wash and dry the 50 g fresh blueberries and chop them in your blender. Add them to the first bowl with frosting (the biggest amount) and put in the refrigerator.

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  • Now make the filling; In the medium bowl with the 100 g frosting now add zest of 1 lemon, 100 g blueberries (washed and chopped in your blender) and mix until combined. Whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Now fold the whipped cream into the frosting-berry-mixture and gently combine. Put in refrigerator to cool down for 20 minutes or until you are ready to assemble the cake.
  • With a good knife, carefully cut the cake into two equal pieces. Put the lower part on a serving plate and start to assemble the cake; First spread juice of ½ a lemon over the lower part of the cake. Then spread blueberry honey jam (optional) and finally add the frosting-whipped cream filling carefully with a spatula. Put then the upper half onto the filling and put the cake in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to set.

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  • Then spread the frosting over the cake, starting with the top, then the sides, and then go back to finish the top.

Tip: I you have time and want a less rustic look, then put first a thin layer of frosting on, then put the cake in the refrigerator for one hour in order for the frosting to set, then spread another layer of cold frosting on.

Enjoy!

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Thank you Signe. Raise your hand if you feel like licking the screen right now! Wow – I need to make this cake when I get back home. If you love Signe’s aesthetic sense and recipes as much as I do, you will be trilled to know that she’s launching a website soon – meanwhile go find Signe on Instagram under @signebay.

I am loving the guest posts while I’m away – more exciting ones to come, stay tuned!

Photos: Signe Bay

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Meet Danish designer Kristina Dam {guest post}

I’ve asked a hand full of inspiring and talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off on holiday in Southeast Asia. Fourth up is Kristina Dam, a Danish designer living in Copenhagen.

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Kristina has been designing prints for a few years and have recently expanded her business to also include furniture and sculptures. She’s is also a new mother of two with her youngest baby arriving just a month ago. She is super sweet and I’m very impressed by her joggling work, a new baby and a new collection. I asked Kristina to share her favourite corners of her home, her new collection and her inspiration with us – enjoy x

Hi all readers of Rikke’s blog.

I’m Kristina Dam. I’m 33 years old and live with my husband and kids – 4,5 year old Vera and 1 month old Nord at Amager, Copenhagen. I’m an educated graphic designer from the Royal Danish School of Art and Architecture in 2007. I worked for 5 years at a agency as a graphic designer, but I always knew, that I wanted to start my own business, I just didn’t know when and where to start.

I founded Kristina Dam Studio in january 2012. It all started with some drawings, people liked them and bought them faster than I could draw, so I decided to make a series of limited print instead. I went to one of the nicest stores I know, Stilleben, and asked if the would retail my drawings. Jelena said yes and that’s how it all started.

Fast forward to three year later! Today I just packed 2 pallets of designs, which is going to Maison & Objet in Paris, one of the worlds nicest interior shows, it is my 3rd time there, and I’m pleased and proud to present another new collection of designs and furniture. Kristina Dam Studio is no longer only illustrations, but a whole collection of furniture, sculptures and small interior items. It gotten bigger without me even noticing. One design took the other, and I have so many new ideas that my biggest problem is to keep the production running, and find places that can produce my designs.

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Kristina’s home

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People always ask me where I find my inspiration. On one hand it is easy to answer “from every where” and on the other hand it’s difficult, because that is not a propper answer. So now I will try to answer the best way I know how: I travel a lot with my family, and that is my biggest inspiration. I love big cities like Berlin, NYC, Bangkok, London, Pairs and I always bring my sketch book. To take a break from everyday life is good for the flow of inspiration.

I also search for inspiration in fashion and styling, fx. my Botanic Posters are inspired by a combination of botanic in fashion and the fact that I grew up in the country with a mum and dad that loves being in the garden, in fact they did several garden “shows”/open house in their own garden. “Botanic is alive,” my mother use to say.

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My furniture for the SS15 collection Botanic Storage is also a combination of the 70th flower storage and a mikado game combined with new materials like brass and oak tree. I just love to combine different materials, matte and glossy, oak and metal. Most of the time I work with a topic called design that in a simple manner challenge the limit of art and interior. I like to make sculptures and furniture that has more than one function, or sculptures that could be on exhibit in a gallery – but instead I do make a limited collection of 100 pcs. and sell them in interior stores.

I like to show you some pictures from my new collection:

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Thank you Kristina. A talented designer, the sweetest person and living in a beautiful home – what is not to love? I just framed the Cactus print from her new line a few weeks ago – I love the botanical references. If you want to see more of Kristina’s designs, go check out her webpage and find Kristina on Instagram under @kristinadamstudio.

I am loving the guest posts while I’m away – more exciting ones to come, stay tuned!

Photos: Kristina Dam

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The home of an architecture student in Copenhagen {guest post}

I’ve asked a hand full of inspiring and talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off on holiday in Southeast Asia. Third up is Stine Marie Rosenberg, a student at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art – School of Architecture, the department of Cultural Heritage, Transformation and Restoration.

Stine Marie Rosenberg

I’ve met Stine through Instagram and love her eye for details, her aesthetic sense and rustic and simple approach to decorating. Stine recently moved to Vesterbro, Copenhagen and she’s having a ball renovating her new apartment. So I asked Stine to share her philosophy when decorating with us – enjoy x

My new Vesterbro home

The lovely Rikke asked me to share some photos from my home while she is enjoying time in Singapore (not at all jealous).

My name is Stine Marie, I am an architecture student based in Copenhagen.
I recently got a new apartment located at Vesterbro. It took me a good amount of time to find a place that met my wishes and requirements for a new home – nice flooring, original doors and windows and an un-renovated kitchen with the opportunity to apply my own style. This place had everything I was dreaming of.

Sometimes it seems like it is a never ending project to renovate this place. As a student the budget is limited and with a bunch of ideas, every idea has to be carefully considered before executed. With no budget for hired help or designer furniture, so far I have managed to do every change myself. It is however quite satisfying to have had a hand in every little thing that has been done, and the opportunity to tailor the space to my liking is such a joy to me. A true sense of home and an expression of who I am is slowly but surely coming to life in this space.

Vesterbro apartment in Copenhagen - via that nordic feeling

I see my apartment as a little personal zone for experimenting and as a hand on learning experience. When I moved in I peeled off all the old wallpaper, sanded the wooden floors (I didn’t do that myself) and had planed to paint. Over time I grew fond of the stripped walls – they tell a story of the past with its different layers of colors and marks from changes and repairs made over the years.

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Sometime last year, photographs of an apartment belonging to the French architect Joseph Dirand flourished on the Internet and in several interior magazines. I instantly fell in love with the raw plastered walls in his kitchen – and lucky for me, my brother is a skilled bricklayer and he helped me execute that particular method on my bedroom walls. My bedroom is now my favorite room in the apartment. The structured walls and the way they reflect the light in the room is quite amazing.

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I get inspired all the time – Instagram and magazines are a source of inspiration for me. But I also get inspired from the exteriors of a building, fashion magazines, quirky shops or from specific combinations of colours or structures.

Vesterbro apartment in Copenhagen - via that nordic feeling

When it comes to the decor in the apartment, I realized that everything has a very douche tone at the moment – It seems like I am attracted to a very neutral color scheme. I never gave it much thought, but everything I chose has a tone of grey, different varieties of wood and my green plants. One year ago my choice of color was more or less monochromatic. So now, I must say, I feel I am surrounded by a lot of colour.
Most of my furniture was found, handed down to me or bought used. At the moment I do not decorate with a bunch of knick-knacks – just my plants, books and a few necessary school supplies.
I am now working on my kitchen, getting some posters framed and I am still, after six months, unpacking boxes – so stay tuned!

Vesterbro apartment in Copenhagen - via that nordic feeling

Thank you Stine. I hope you enjoyed the peep into Stine’s world? How gorgeous are those walls? I’ll have to convince Stine to write another guest post and share the technique with us! If you want to see more of Stine’s beautiful home and style, go find Stine on Instagram under @srosenborg.

I am loving the guest posts while I’m away – more exciting ones to come, stay tuned!

Photos: Stine Marie Rosenborg

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Food styling tips + Pasta with Sage and Brown Butter // recipe {guest post}

I’ve asked a hand full of inspiring and talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off on holiday in Southeast Asia. Second up is Katrín Björk, a food & lifestyle photographer and the woman behind the food blog Modern Wifestyle.

Food styling with Katrín Björk via that nordic feeling

Katrín was born and raised in Iceland, she lives in Copenhagen and works all over the world. Her favorite food is French fries and she’s a firm believer that champagne goes with all food and every occasion. Now that’s my kinda woman! I have been a long time fan of Katrín’s beautiful universe and I followed her blog before I ever met her. So I asked Katrín to share some food styling tips with us and she also threw in a recipe (lucky us) – give it up for Katrín!

Food styling tips + a recipe

On top of cooking and photographing I do the food styling for my images myself. It has taken me years to learn how to style food properly. How to choose the right plate, when is messy ok and what type of garnish is photogenic etc.
 Styling and photographing food are two different things even though they often go hand in hand. I sometimes forget when I am the stylist and when I am the photographer, that is why I prefer to do both jobs at once.

I made a simple pasta dish and then I styled it 5 different ways to show you how background, props and camera angle can make a huge difference, even on the exact same food.
 Making a decision on all the things mentioned depends on the story you are telling, the season (spring, summer, fall winter), the food and sometimes even your own mood.

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My best advice for styling and photographing food

  • Personally I always shoot in natural light, I find it a lot softer and more smooth, and the food looks more “real” and therefore more appealing
  • Use a tripod so that your hands are free to move things around and you can style the picture better
  • Collect as many plates, bowls, cutlery, table cloths as possible. Be creative and look in your grandma’s kitchen, go to flea markets and invest in some basic things from designers you like. Mixing old and new designs gives your images a personal look
  • Use different backgrounds, both light and dark
  • Experiment with camera angles

Food styling with Katrín Björk via that nordic feeling

Pasta with Sage and Brown Butter

Don’t let the simplicity of this dish fool you because it is super yummy and delightful, it is after all a perfect combo of Italian and French Cuisine.
 I am not going to pretend that I invented the combo of sage and brown butter, that combo is forever a french classic, but I did add the lemon and pistachios for that little something extra.

Brown butter or Beurre Noisette is unsalted butter melted over low heat and allowed to separate into fat and milk solids. The milk solids naturally sink to the bottom of the pan and, if left over gentle heat, will begin to brown and caramelize. As the milk solids reach a toasty hazelnut color, the pan is removed from the heat.

Beurre noisette may be used in its liquid state, or cooled to a solid form. It has a nutty flavour and is often included in batters for french pastry. (Do not confuse brown butter with clarified butter which is not allowed to brown and always strained)

Food styling with Katrín Björk via that nordic feeling



This recipe serves two
200 g (7 oz) dried Fettuccine
A handful Pistachios
4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
5 fresh sage leaves
1/2 Lemon, juice and zest
Salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese
Fresh parsley for garnish

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Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package
  2. Remove the pistachios from shells, chop them roughly and toast on a dry pan, then set aside
  3. Melt the butter over low heat, add roughly chopped sage leaves and let cook until butter has browned and smells nutty.
  4. Squeeze the juice from ½ lemon into the butter and then toss the pasta in the sauce. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Divide into two bowls and top with lemon zest, shaved parmesan cheese, the toasted pistachios and some finely chopped parsley.

Food styling with Katrín Björk via that nordic feeling

Thank you Katrín. I for one wish I could style food like this, so I appreciate the tips so much. If you want to see more of Katrín’s beautiful photos and lovely recipes, go check her blog Modern Wifestyle and find Katrín on Instagram under @katrinbjork.

I am loving the guest posts while I’m away – more exciting ones to come, stay tuned!

Photos: Katrín Björk

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