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The changing shapes of Norway

Marianne Lien and Lasse Altern Halvorsen receive numerous tourists in their Norwegian design-only Oslo shop “Pur Norsk”. Here the couple reveals the objects visitors often go for.

1. Lotus bowl

An iconic classic kitchenware series with typical 1960s colours and patterns. Among the numerous sizes to chose from, many are easy to bring back home from holiday in Norway. Original design: Arne Clausen, 1963. Manufacturer: Lucie Kaas

Lotus

                     

 Photo credits: Lucie Kaas

2. Bjørklund cheese slicer

This world-famous Norwegian invention was patented in the 1920s by designer Thor Bjørklund and is still an indispensable kitchen classic. It creates curiosity and is often an ice breaker for lighthearted conversations. Perfect to squeeze into already fully packed hand luggage. Design by: Thor Bjørklund, 1925. Manufacturer: Bjørklund

Bjorklund

Photo credits: Bjørklund

3. Fragments of Norway, scarf

Beautiful and delicate as a neckless. Thin scarf in quality wool with printed motifs from Norwegian nature. All season accessory. Design by: Kristine Vikse. Manufacturer: Vikonsept

Kristine Vikse

Photo credits:: Vikonsept

4. Waffle-shaped trivet and potholder

We Norwegians enjoy waffles at any meal. The trivet has a distinctive quirky style and is yet highly applicable. Lightweight silicone makes it uncomplicated to bring home. Designer & manufacturer: Bark Bazar

Bark Bazar

Photo credits: Bark Bazar

5. Norwegian Wood, blanket

This homegrown design came up when we introduced the Pur Norsk concept in Japan. The feel and pattern hint to Norwegian nature, petroglyphs and the Japanese author Murakami. The brand Røros is already well-known for its extensive use of Norwegian quality wool. Design by: Pur Norsk. Manufacturer: Røros/Pur Norsk

Norwegian wood

Photo credits: Pur Norsk

7. Abel, shelves

Our own shelf system earned the Norwegian “Clever design” label for good design in the furniture category in 2014. It is meant to be elegant and flexible. We have already shipped the product to foreigners who fell for it while visiting Oslo. Design & manufacturer: Pur Norsk

Abel

Photo credits: Pur Norsk

6. Sunbell ledlamp

A lamp designed for developing countries which is equally useable elsewhere. Solar-based charging gives reading light and electricity for mobile phone through the night. Compact and feathery, this product won the 2015 Norwegian Light Award. Designer and manufacturer: Bright

Sunbell

Photo credits: Bright

8. Re-turned, birds

Handcrafted wooden birds with a refreshingly untraditional design in contrast to the usual tourist trinkets. Design by: Lars Beller Fjetland. Manufacturer: Hem

 

Hem Birds

Photo credits: Hem

9. Swims shoe protectors

Visitors in Norway may sooner or later appreciate to have galoshes or even an umbrella at hand. Designer & manufacturer: Swims

 

Swims

Photo credits: Swims

10. Skaugum cutlery

Retro cutlery produced since 1946 by three generations in the mountain village Geilo. Handcrafted I stainless steel and kebony. The Skaugum series consists of numerous components to chose from. Designer & manufacturer: Skaugum (Website in Norwegian).

 

Skaugum

Photo credits: Skaugum

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