WHY NOT PLAY A LITTLE?

 

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

My husband and I got these mugs as a present from our daughter when she returned from New York. They were bought in Starbucks and came with a black and white pen for decoration. My artistic friend decorated them for us before they were put in the oven for baking. I simply love them, and during the weekends when we have time for long and lazy breakfasts, we fill them up with some good caffè latte.

LITTLE EUROPE

 

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

One of my absolute favorite items in my living room is this tiny set of traditional buildings from all over Europe handmade by the American artist Laurie Poast. She has been living in different countries in Europe in order to reproduce theses architectural pearls down to the very detail. Currently she is staying in Bergen, Norway.

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

These minimal sculptures are all made in unglazed porcelain with natural pigments; a Norwegian stabbur, Parisian Art Nouveau, Italian trullo, German Fachwerkhaus, traditional houses from Amsterdam and much more. Watching them is like taking a historical journey throughout the centuries. Just love it!!

Read her cute story about why she feels so attached to Europe here. You can place an order from her website here.

APARTAMENTO MAGAZINE

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

Apartamento is an everyday life interiors magazine which tells the story of personal experiences and lives through the spaces where we live and work. The articles document everyday stories, seen without the usual masks of look-a-like interiors, decorated to perfection down to the last millimeter.  Because in real life, every environment has got it’s own dynamics and peculiarities that make it special.

Apartamento features the homes and lives of creative people, both established and emerging, from all over the world. It understands interior design as a means of personal expression, showing how people arrange their homes and the solutions they find to the same problems that everyone has. It cares about the way people live and their relationships to the places they live. It puts forward a fresh and simply crafted aesthetic.

Apartamento is based in Barcelona, but has offices both in Milan and New York. The magazine comes out twice a year in English.

“Apartamento is the interiors magazine post-materialists have been waiting for.” —The New York Times

Visit their website and order from here!

A HANG-UP ON CALENDARS

 

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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

I do love calendars. Every December I start planning for the year to come. This year I ended up with these lovely ones.

  1. Edward Munch wall calendar, (the Norwegian painter)
  2. Iben Sandemose, (a Norwegian author and illustrator)
  3. Thich Nhat Hanh, (Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and poet)
  4. Architecture, (Architectonic pearls from all over the world, teNeues)

Good sites for calendars are teNeues, www.calendars.com

 

 

THE CHALLENGES IN LIFE

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In my yoga class the other day we were given the following words of wisdom: That we should wish for ourselves and others to have the patience, wisdom and the go-ahead spirit to deal with the challenges in our life. I pass them on to you.

FOUR SEASONS ON A RAINY DAY

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I love to live in Scandinavia where we have the variation of seasons. However this winter we have had mainly rain, so the other day I was comforting myself by making this collage that I named “Four seasons”. These pictures are made by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch and they are all hanging in The Munch Museum in Oslo. By the way you will soon discover that I am a huge fan of his art.

Upper left:   Spring landscape at the red house, 1935
Upper right: High Summer II, 1915
Lower left:   Forest, 1903
Lower right: Winter in Kragerø, 1912

His most famous work is of course “The Scream” which is described “an icon of modern art”,  and you may learn more about the artist and this painting by watching the fabulous BBC Documentary  Munch – Private Life of a Masterpiece

MY NEW IPHONE COVER

 


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Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen

I am quite happy to have purchased this colorful iPhone cover with “High Summer II” painting by Edvard Munch. More exciting Munch covers can be ordered from here

For Edvard Munch’s 150 years jubilee exhibition in 2013, a jubilee book was released that offers a fully illustrated catalogue of all the works shown in the exhibition “Munch 150”, a comprehensive bibliography and a timeline of the artist’s life. You can order it from Skira Editore in Milan, Italy in a Norwegian, Italian, French and English version.

LAMBDA – THE NEW MUNCH MUSEUM BY THE OSLO FJORD – OPENS THE SUMMER 2021

 

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λ Lambda is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet. (Alpha is the first letter and Omega is the last one).

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Edvard Munch is Norway’s most important contribution to the history of art and his masterpiece “The Scream” one the world’s most famous paintings.

The present Munch Museum on the outskirts of central Oslo will be replaced by a new ultra-modern museum designed by Spanish architect Juan Herreros. His design has caused some controversy in Oslo. Juan Herreros himself called the building “strange but logical” when he was interviewed by the Norwegian daily Aftenposten on a visit to Oslo some time ago where he faced some of his critics.

“This is a place where all of Oslo will go when they have their birthday or visitors from other places. We are also considering a viewing platform on the roof of the building. There you can go out from the exhibition and feel the light, the wind and the cool air, and then go inside the warm building again. If we make the building lower, it will diminish the view and the quality of the experience,” says Herreros in the Aftenposten interview.

This is an extract from a text written by the Swedish journalist and blogger Anders Steinvall.

Wow! Watch this film and look inside the building!

The Spanish architect Juan Herreros talks about his vision behind the new museum here.