Category Archives: Fashion and Design

The season of the bunad

Photos courtesy Aina Fjellanger. Fjellanger in her “Masfjord Bunad.” This pattern was reconstucted in the year 2000, so it is a “new” “old” bunad. Reconstructed material from the mid-1800s – 1900. The other bunads on display are from her home county of Nordhordland, which she sews the most. The chestcloth, belt and apron can have different patterns, and therefore it is good to have these displayed, so that customers can decide what they prefer for their bunads.

For Aina Fjellanger of MollyMe clothing company, springtime ushers in the busiest season of the year Kelsey Larson Managing Editor “The best part is when they try on the bunad for the first time, when I have just finished it,” says Aina Fjellanger. “Most people look great in their bunad, because it is measured and fitted just for ...

New land, new life

Photo: Synnøve Nordkap Lodge #1-008

A museum exhibit and project of the Sons of Norway unlike any other in St. Paul, Minn. By Kelsey Larson Managing Editor In St. Paul, Minn., Sons of Norway Synnøve-Nordkap Lodge 1–8 has spearheaded a unique effort that not many other lodges have taken on at such an impressive scale. When Ron Stow was just beginning his term as ...

Happy clothes for happy people

Clothing company Moods of Norway brings high fashion to New York – Norwegian style Kelsey Larson Norwegian American Weekly Combine pink tractors, happy people, cocktail night, the occasional Norwegian-related pun, and high fashion, and what do you get? Clothing company Moods of Norway, of course. Fashion’s Night Out on Sept. 6 was a big night for Moods of Norway, with ...

A touch of Norway in America

"Fjord Country" by Hans Dahl (1849 – 1937)

Successful small business Norway Art connects Norwegian art to North America By Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly Instilled with a love of Norway from childhood, Mary Jo Thorsheim of Norway Art® is committed to bringing images of her ancestors’ homeland to decorate the walls of homes, offices and organizations everywhere. The cozy Norway Art space leased from ...

Cute as a button

Lilleknappen’s Norwegian-American design Kelsey Larson Copy Editor For Anna Bloomstrand, Scandinavian design is just in her blood. After all, the infamous Scandinavian specialty store Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis, Minn. has been in her family since 1921. “I’ve always kind of been in it,” she says. The Scandinavian specialty business, that is. Now, Bloomstrand is the owner of her own ...

Queen of design

The life and work of Norwegian designer Grete Prytz Kittelsen in a new book Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly The Scandinavian Design movement of the mid-20th century was born of the idea that beautiful, functional everyday objects could be accessible to everyone in society. In the history of design, Denmark, Sweden and Finland have often overshadowed Norway. ...

A touch of Norway in America

Photo: Norway Art. "Idyll" by Skredsvig; one of Norway Art

Successful small business Norway Art connects Norwegian art to North America  Christy Olsen Field Managing Editor Instilled with a love of Norway from childhood, Mary Jo Thorsheim of Norway Art® is committed to bringing images of her ancestors’ homeland to decorate the walls of homes, offices and organizations everywhere. The cozy Norway Art space leased from the Sons of ...

Design for everyday life

INSIDENORWAY at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City Arlene and Thor A. Larsen Fishkill, N.Y. Anyone who has even the slightest interest in contemporary interior design, current trends in furniture design, textiles or other home furnishings would have had quite a treat at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair held at the Jacob Javits Center in ...

Helping people through design

Up-and-coming designer Nicholas Fjellberg Swerdlowe uses design to solve everyday problems Jess Larsen Norwegian American Weekly Intern Scandinavian design – well known for its functionality and minimalism — hit the international design scene in the 1950s. Characterized by sleek and modern looking designs, Scandinavian design as it was in the 50s is still alive and vibrant today. Norwegian-American and ...

Architect of natural light

Award-winning architect Nils Finne reflects on his approach and influences of Nordic design Line Grundstad Hanke Line Grundstad Hanke Interior Design Through my work as an interior designer, I have had the pleasure to meet and visit with award-winning architect Nils Finne. Finne’s combination of the highest quality of craftsmanship and Nordic sensibility makes him a highly sought-after ...