Espoo. – Scandinavian Design, Antwerp

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  • 7th July 2015
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    With Scandinavian design injecting style into areas of cities all around Europe, we were on a hunt to find Nordic design shops which have been established for some time. Before the explosion of interest in our Scandinavian friends and their contemporary, clean cut designs, esppo. had embraced this design concept as something which although streamlined and […]




    With Scandinavian design injecting style into areas of cities all around Europe, we were on a hunt to find Nordic design shops which have been established for some time. Before the explosion of interest in our Scandinavian friends and their contemporary, clean cut designs, esppo. had embraced this design concept as something which although streamlined and precise, gave versatility within itself and was coming through as a style which was both relevant and more importantly, in demand.

     

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    espoo. was the first interior design shop in Belgium in 2009 that shows some of Scandinavians best design brands in a whole new concept. The roots of espoo. have remained Scandinavian but are now woven with brands from the entire world. A bit further on the road, we opened espoo. bütik in 2013. While espoo. mainly focusses on the furniture- and lighting collections, espoo. bütik shows accessories and carefully selected design objects.

     

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    As an interior design- and lifestyle shop, espoo. shows design that brings joy in everyday life. This results in 2 young and pure design shops that are unique by its ease and simplicity; meeting points for the young and old masters of design. We believe in design that tells a story and we carefully select products that last for ages. No nonsense, simple and easygoing. The concept of espoo. was created by a young team, resulting in a new, fresh and pure design store that stands out thanks to its plainness and ease.

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    Furniture Collections

    Asplund, Swedese, HAY, Muuto, Normann Copenhagen, ferm Living, andTradition, Secto Design, ARTEK, Zweed, String, GUBI, Luckyboysunday, Architectmade, Donna Wilson, Sandqvist, Frama Cph, Ontwerpduo, Makers with Agendas, MENU, Karimoku New Standard, Geografia Japan, Studio Snug, Paper Collective, Tom Pigeon, SIWA, Mae Engelgeer, Alissa + Nienke, Plant & Moss, Stattmann Neue Möbel…

     

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    Find out more at espoo.be

    Photos copyright Ans Brys Photography

     

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    Chase & Sorensen – Scandinavian in Hackney

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  • 22nd June 2015
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    Nordophile was in search of Scandinavian modern furniture to showcase to you something which wasn’t on the cusp of extortionate, nor for it to be one of the masses, which adorn the homes of a majority of Scandinavian furniture searching Nordophiles. So we were delighted to find in the depths of Hackney, East London, Chase & Sorensen. Created […]




    Nordophile was in search of Scandinavian modern furniture to showcase to you something which wasn’t on the cusp of extortionate, nor for it to be one of the masses, which adorn the homes of a majority of Scandinavian furniture searching Nordophiles.

    So we were delighted to find in the depths of Hackney, East London, Chase & Sorensen. Created by duo Brent Chase and Signe Sorensen who have realised that the middle of these two extremes is a realistic need for customers, when in search of Scandinavian wares, for their home.

    In the midst of very high interest in all Nordic genres, this established shop is the place to come to, whether by foot or internet.

    Scandinavian luxury needn’t be out of reach. From the 1940’s to the New Nordic, Chase & Sorensen is bringing to this retro part of London a different slice of Scandinavia to indulge in.

     

     

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    CHASE & SORENSEN is a contemporary and mid 20th century Scandinavian modern furniture and home décor retailer. Founded in 2010 by American/Danish duo Brent Chase and Signe Sorensen and based in Hackney, East London, their mission is to offer a sensible alternative to the prohibitively expensive vintage furniture stores dotted across London as well as the low-quality, flat-packed, identikit furniture retailers.

     

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    Chase & Sorensen initially began trading in August 2010 with a successful stall in London’s iconic Brick Lane weekend market and an online store at chaseandsorensen.com In September 2011 the company opened it’s doors to their showroom in the heart of Hackney, offering up all of the quality design pieces they had garnered a reputation for. Prices are kept competitive by eliminating the middleman in the stock sourcing process as the owners make monthly trips to Denmark where they handpick the entire inventory. All items are carefully selected for their keeping with the Scandinavian modern design aesthetic and not simply for the designer name attached.

     

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    Chase & Sorensen has a mixed offering of 20th-century furniture and home décor. The ever-changing collection includes a variety of reasonably priced sofas, lounge chairs, dining sets and storage units, through to lighting, ceramics and art.

    All items in-store generally date from the 1940s to the 1970s and typically hail from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Contemporary Scandinavian design Chase & Sorensen also stocks a growing range of modern design from Scandinavia. Established brands such as Royal Copenhagen and ArchitectMade are available alongside smaller indie brands such as FramaCPH, H Skjalm P and Zweed. Their collection of contemporary design continues to grow rapidly location summary set in East London’s Hackney Downs area,

     

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    CHASE & SORENSEN is centrally located between Dalston, London Fields and Clapton. The location is also easily accessed via public transport (multiple bus and overground train links minutes away).

    Contact Tel: 0208 533 5523

    Web: www.chaseandsorensen.com

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    A Piece of Finland, in The Netherlands

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  • 1st June 2015
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    As we’ve said before The Netherlands has been likened to the Nordics on many occasions, people have even questioned whether they once were joined, or will be in the future. So it is no surprise that in Amsterdam, a city of modern architecture, culturally important premises, cobble streets and bikes, that we find a shop […]




    As we’ve said before The Netherlands has been likened to the Nordics on many occasions, people have even questioned whether they once were joined, or will be in the future. So it is no surprise that in Amsterdam, a city of modern architecture, culturally important premises, cobble streets and bikes, that we find a shop dedicated to one of the Nordics, Finland.

    A Piece of Finland is situated in around the trendy district of  Jordaan, on the Haarlemmerdijk. The Haarlemmerdijk is a hub of cafes, specialty restaurants and one off boutiques neighbouring each other along the street.

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    But A Piece of Finland wasn’t born from someone who just happened to have an interest in Finland, it comes from two native Finnish women whose passion is to share their native home, in Amsterdam and all the products that come from there.

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    It was a rainy Amsterdam afternoon when the two Finnish ladies first met. Anna had spent a few months prior developing a concept for a space in which Finnish culture meets food, design and travel. Ramona had in turn been nurturing a dream of a combined café and shop, for Finnish products. After a brief chat, the women decided to put their heads together and start a new, exciting journey of entrepreneurship together.

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    The decision made on a wintery afternoon has led to a successful partnership and the opening of A Piece Of Finland, in April 2014. We are the Finnish Design Shop & Coffee Corner in Amsterdam, providing a unique service and a living room for finnofans and anyone else looking to connect to Finnish goods, travel and culture.

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    Design products on offer include home tableware and gifts, glassware and décor, rubber shoes and boots, leather bags and accessories, organic cosmetics, children’s clothes and a changing selection of books. In addition, we offer traditional foods to take home such as rye breads, chocolates and seasonal delicacies. In the coffee corner you can sample on traditional Karelia pies, smoked salmon sandwiches and cinnamon rolls, with some excellent tea and coffee. A Piece Of Finland also hosts themed events and provides independent travel consultation. We’re open 7 days a week. You can find us also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter.”

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    Nordicthink – Scandinavian simplicity in Spain

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  • 29th May 2015
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    Spain is about as southerly as you can get in Europe from Scandinavia, but that hasn’t stopped the simplicity of Scandinavian design being in demand there. In the culturally significant city of Barcelona, alongside the art galleries, museums and boutiques you will find Nordicthink taking pride of place.   Nordicthink Nordicthink is a long standing […]




    Spain is about as southerly as you can get in Europe from Scandinavia, but that hasn’t stopped the simplicity of Scandinavian design being in demand there.

    In the culturally significant city of Barcelona, alongside the art galleries, museums and boutiques you will find Nordicthink taking pride of place.

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    Nordicthink is a long standing personal project to share all the feelings generated by good Scandinavian design.

    You will find good ideas in Nordic furniture, lighting and design complements both in our Barcelona shop and our online shop. Also, any object that, while not strictly of Nordic provenance, satisfies criteria we consider fundamental.

    Our main aim is to offer good design selected following criteria of functionality, simplicity and (almost) indisputable beauty.

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    A long crafts tradition and the use of high quality raw materials lie at the roots of the best Scandinavian design. A new generation of designers and manufacturers have managed to gather together the best features of their design culture and redefine their proposals with new materials, techniques, ideas and forms adapted to our current lifestyle.

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    The legacy of the great masters of yesterday and the new talent of today’s designers merge in a selection in constant evolution. Of course, as in any other place, there is in Scandinavia good and bad design. This is why we only present products based on solid criteria of functionality, simplicity and beauty. This is, for us, good, honest design.

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    Skandivis

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    If you are a Nordophile wanting some innovative Scandinavian products to add to your collection and your home, then look no further. The Scandinavians are known for their fresh and novel designs, whether in fashion or home wares. Simplicity with an edge. Scouring the UK for such a place where a Nordophile could buy these […]




    If you are a Nordophile wanting some innovative Scandinavian products to add to your collection and your home, then look no further.
    The Scandinavians are known for their fresh and novel designs, whether in fashion or home wares. Simplicity with an edge.
    Scouring the UK for such a place where a Nordophile could buy these items, I came across Skandivis, and the problem was solved!
    Toni founded Skandivis the Scandinavian concept store 4 years ago.
    At Skandivis you will find a predominantly Scandinavian product line. However, it has been fused with a healthy mixture of functional and stylish design from other parts of the world, all chosen to fit in with Scandinavian style and create that unique Nordic ambiance.
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    Skandivis can loosely be translated as “the Scandinavian way”. Whether I find myself at home or abroad I am always on the lookout for unique and functional design. It has never been a conscious decision to choose Scandinavian styles but, being Danish, it is no surprise that I have been influenced by, and love, the Scandinavian design trends, I hope that you love it too!
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    Hus & Hem Nordic Homewares

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  • 27th May 2015
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    If you want to fill your Nordic inspired home with Scandinavian wares but the white, minimalistic look, just doesn’t work for you? Then Have a look at Hus & Hem. A treasure trove of Scandinavian furnishings with colour. Giving Nordic impact for any Nordophile. Hus & Hem  Who? Back in 2009 Louise Little decided to […]




    If you want to fill your Nordic inspired home with Scandinavian wares but the white, minimalistic look, just doesn’t work for you? Then Have a look at Hus & Hem.
    A treasure trove of Scandinavian furnishings with colour. Giving Nordic impact for any Nordophile.
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    Hus & Hem
     Who?
    Back in 2009 Louise Little decided to take the plunge and open Hus & Hem.
    With extensive buying and retail experience opening my own shop seemed the obvious next step. With much encouragement from friends, family and suppliers, and rather a lot of dutch courage, Hus & Hem was born, and a long term ambition was achieved.
    What?
    Hus & Hem means house and home in Swedish, a suitable name for a shop that sells exactly that, lovely Scandinavian things that furnish, decorate and brighten up your home. Occasionally we can’t resist the odd thing from another part of the world, although they often have a connection, or have that Scandi look.
    Bright and light, with structural pillars of Danish candles, and a mass of colourful products for sale, the shop is never gaudy or kitsch. Products are tasteful, stylish and always practical. 
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    Why?
    Tired of seeing the same predictable and mass produced products on the high street, a general lack of good customer service and our high streets looking very sad, was the real driving force behind opening Hus & Hem.
    After working for several years selling Scandinavian furniture, I extended my passion for their design to include those finishing touches that make a house into a home, the soft blankets, colourful screen printed fabrics and pretty kitchenware, to name just a few things that the Nordic countries are so well known for.
    I have a passion for shopping and a weakness for beautiful things, opening Hus & Hem also gave me the opportunity to shop to my hearts content!
    When?
    Only eight weeks after deciding to start the venture, Hus & Hem opened on the 1st May 2009. I managed to find a shop in just twenty minutes (yes really!), everything fell into place, everything fitted first time, and luckily everyone seemed to love Hus & Hem!
    Hus & Hem have now moved into a larger more contemporary shop and our website is reaching out across the world to showcase the products that we are proud to promote and sell.
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    Where?
    Nestled within The Design Quarter, a charming new alleyway in the picturesque market town of Ledbury, you will find Hus & Hem, a modern designer shop full of Scandinavian style. Not wanting to be on the high street, this is our perfect location and customers love to discover “the hidden gem”.
    How?
    We source our products on our thrice yearly shopping trips to Denmark and Sweden. We are always on the look out for new ideas and trends from the small individual makers often not seen out of Scandinavia.
    We have great fun on our trips, although it is hard work, honestly! We often have aching limbs and sore feet, last time we visited in January (thick snow, -13°c, and even the sea was frozen) we calculated that we walked about forty miles. We would like to think that it keeps us fit, but the consumption of Swedish vodka and prinsesstårta cake (sponge,cream & marzipan) seems to cancel out all the hard work.
    Rather than buying whole ranges from suppliers, we cherry pick only our favourite pieces. Our criteria is that we only buy things that we both love, not just like, and everything that we stock has a place in our own homes or would if our customers didn’t get to them first!
    Many of our customers have become good friends and there is nothing nicer than meeting you in person, so if you would like to see our full range come and visit us in the shop.
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    La Boutique Danoise – Paris

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  • 12th May 2015
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    Nordophiles in Paris can get a hit of their addiction by visiting La Boutique Danoise. I spoke with Benjamin Chapuis who was only too happy to showcase this fantastic slice of Danish design, in Paris. La Boutique Danoise, founded in 1954 by Peter Holm, is currently managed and run by Benjamin and Alain Chapuis. The […]




    Nordophiles in Paris can get a hit of their addiction by visiting La Boutique Danoise. I spoke with Benjamin Chapuis who was only too happy to showcase this fantastic slice of Danish design, in Paris.

    La Boutique Danoise, founded in 1954 by Peter Holm, is currently managed and run by Benjamin and Alain Chapuis. The shop is considered the mecca of Denmark’s cultural presence in Paris and has long been a cherished meeting point for the Parisian high-society. It brings together the most renowned Scandinavian artists and designers in all areas of furniture and applied arts. The new La Boutique Danoise store, situated at 264 Bd Saint Germain in Paris, showcases a selection of timeless furniture by designers such as Hans Wegner, Borge Mogensen, Arne Jacobsen, Fabricus Kastholm and Bruno Mathsson as well as other young artists in the likes of Christina Strand, Louise Campbell and Thomas Pedersen.

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    Where lighting is concerned, La Boutique Danoise presents the famous works of Poul Henningsen (from the PH series to the Artichoke), in partnership with Louis Poulsen, as well as the playful creations of Le Klint.

    The tableware displayed mainly consists in Royal Copenhagen porcelain, with the historical Flora Danica dinner and tea service designed for the Empress Catherine of Russia, the traditional blue plates as well as the successful Blue Flutted Mega collection.

    The store of course also displays the beautiful glassware by Kosta Boda, the famous Orrefors vases as well as the numerous creations of Alvar Aalto.

    Finally, a special space is dedicated to the silversmith Georg Jensen (1866-1935) and includes many works of designer Henning Koppel (1918-1981).

    Come and visit La Boutique Danoise today and experience for yourself the beautiful world of Scandinavian design!

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