Like many others outside the UK, I was surprised that a bear appeared together with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for the celebration of her 70 years of reign this year in 2022. Now I know better, it was Paddington Bear himself, the fictional and popular character invented by the author Michael Bond in […]


Nytenkende arkitekter og byggherrer med fete lommebøker, var det som kom til å betegne oppstarten av den norske, arkitektoniske stilen funksjonalismen på begynnelsen av trettitallet. – Bygg et hus over min kones flygel, lød ett av oppdragene. – Bygg et hus for kunstsamlingen min, lød et annet. Arne Korsmo (1900-1968) og Sverre Aasland (1899-1990) som […]

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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 […]


I do love my gold cross above that I carry ever so often. The design is great. It is tiny, tiny and measures eight millimeters. When I was eighteen and living in California for a year, I ran across a quote on a card in a bookstore, a card I have kept all this time. The quote goes: “I carry a cross in […]