INTO THE STONE

Michelangelo once said: “The sculpture already exists within the marble block, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.” I have had the pleasure to follow the Norwegian sculptor and author Barbro Raen Thomassen’s visual work of art for many years, although from a distance. The artist creates sculptures that turn the attention to […]

A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD

  Edited by Kristin Bae Mysen My dad, who passed away two weeks ago at the age of 86, loved the jazz standards. These relaxing and enjoyable evergreens sung by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra will forever remind me of him. Frank Sinatra: You Make Me Feel So Young    Nat […]

FRÉDÉRIC FOREST – A NEW FRENCH DISCOVERY

The other day I stumbled over this great artist via another blogger. I simply love his fine lines, and at the moment the upper picture makes the background on my iPhone. Frédéric Forest grew up in Annecy, in the French Alps, and later came to Paris to study industrial design at ENSCI/Les Ateliers. Frédéric is dedicated […]

THE HEART ON THE DOOR

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen The red heart above is hanging on the door leading into our bathroom/toilet. In Norway I would think that every second family has a red heart on this door. Also you will find a heart as a standard sign for bathroom/toilet on hiking maps, info boards and in public places. This […]

HEART-WARMING

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Finally here it is, the latest issue of Juleroser 2017; a beautiful, literary and artistic Christmas magazine edited by Herborg Kråkevik. Juleroser is the Norwegian word for Christmas roses or more exactly Hellebore, latin for the evergreen plant which easily blooms in minus degrees. Herborg Kråkevik is famous for her ability to preserve […]

Graphic design: Cathleen Røddig Rønning I love this poster that shows Norwegian design from the modern era of 1940–1975. Quite easily I spot my Ingmar Relling chair Siesta to the right, and to the left my childrens’s beloved Tripp Trapp chair from their childhood. It was designed by Peter Opsvik in 1972 and has the most intelligent […]