Category Archives: Fashion and Design

Tradition and innovation

An in-depth look at the evolution of Norwegian design from the 19th century to today Carla Danziger Norwegian American Weekly Come September 2012, “100% Norway” – an exhibition of innovative Norwegian industrial design – will return for its 10th year to the London Design Festival. Thousands of visitors will flock to see new works from Norway’s talented emerging ...

Norwegians by the bay

Norway Day Festival celebrates 20 years of fun and friendship in San Francisco, Calif. Rolf Kristian Stang New York City, N.Y. The Norway Day Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary on the beautiful San Francisco Bay waterfront on May 5 and 6. It attracted nearly 5,000 people, comprised of San Franciscans, west coast Norwegian-Americans, Norwegian citizens living in the ...

A modern gem

The Nordic Galleri in Fergus Falls, Minn., emphasizes modern Norway and design By Kelsey Larson “The first thing I wanted to do was to make the store ‘mine.’ My sister came over and together we painted the walls (eggshellwhite), in very typical Norwegian style. And of course moved things around, trying to make the store look more ...

Leading the way

Norwegian korps (bands) are an important part of 17th of May celebrations in Norway By: Heidi Håvan Grosch Just as in any small-town 4th of July parade in United (many older Norwegians, when speaking Norwegian, refer to the United States that way), no 17th of May parade would be complete without a school band (skolekorps) and or ...

Portal into the oblivious

Tove S. Hellerud’s exhibit “Synesthesia” at the Trygve Lie Gallery in New York City By Thor A. Larsen At the Trygve Lie Gallery in the Norwegian Seamen's Church in New York City, art enthusiasts can enjoy a very special, innovative exhibit by artist Tove S. Hellerud, entitled “Synesthesia” until May 25. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which ...

A peaceful retreat

The women of Chalet in the Woods. From left: Laura Almaas (owner), Helen de la Torre, Fumiko Tamaru and Paulette Anderson. Photo: Christy Olsen Field

Come as customers and leave as friends at Chalet in the Woods in Gig Harbor, Wash. By Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly Situated on 12  lovely acres of gardens, woodlands and pasture  near Gig Harbor, Wash., Chalet in the Woods is a peaceful retreat from the buzz of commercialism. With a selection of thoughtfully curated and high-quality ...

The tie that binds

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SPTZBRGN’s bunad tie gives men a new way to celebrate Norwegian heritage By Christy Olsen Field Norwegian American Weekly Confirmation, 17th of May celebrations, weddings – there are many occasions to wear a bunad, the festive Norwegian national costume. The designs vary from each region of Norway, and the intricate designs are done by hand, making them an ...

The changing house

Lidunn Øverdahl Cain is a Norwegian architect based in Vashon Island, Wash. Photo: Øverdahl Cain Building Design

Lidunn Øverdahl Cain talks about her people-based approach to design Line Grundstad Hanke Norwegian American Weekly I was introduced to architect Lidunn Øverdahl Cain through the Royal Norwegian Consulate in Seattle, Wash. She had visited the consulate, and was interested in meeting Norwegian women living in the area. We talked and soon she was a part of ...

Wearing your values

Two designs from Oleana

Oleana's co-founder Signe Aarhus talks about entrepreneurship in Tacoma, Wash. By Kelsey Larson Special to the Norwegian American Weekly “Everybody was saying, look at this funny thing Oleana has done. Everybody was laughing.” On the evening of Feb. 23, Signe Aarhus addressed a sizeable crowd at the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. She ...