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 […]

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 […]

LONDON CALLING

Being an architectonic freak, visiting London is always great fun. This week I really enjoyed learning both the names and the nicknames of some of London’s buildings that my good friend kindly taught me. It may be part of the famous British sense of humour, but Londoners tend to use unofficial names when referring to some of the landmarks that form […]

SHAKESPEARE MEETS VIGELAND

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare are most popular and some of them, such as Sonnet 18  (Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day), is one of the most highly prized poems in English literature. A sonnet is a poem in a specific form, but the word is derived from Italian and means “a little song”. Last year on […]

THREE STORIES

This oil painting Winter Night in the Mountains is a favorite of mine. In Norwegian it is called Vinternatt i Rondane, and a snow-covered mountain massif in full moonlight made such a strong impression on the Norwegian painter Harald Sohlberg who was skiing through the area, that he continued to work with the theme for 14 years. He painted a […]