What’s trending in design right now?
Essential news from across the Nordics.
NOMA’S URBAN FARM
No further excuse is needed for a weekend break in Copenhagen than the new venue of Noma. Head chef René Redzepi moved the Michelin-starred restaurant out of the city in order to cultivate his own produce. Comprising three greenhouses, “Noma 2.0” is housed in an ex-mine depot in the free town of Christiania. Emulating the design of a traditional Nordic farm, the derelict site was stunningly transformed by Danish architecture firm BIG, with custom oak interiors by Studio David Thulstrup.
MINIMALIST OF MARAIS
“Less is more” is the watchword of Finnish fashion designer Anna Ruohonen. The go-to label of women who appreciate timeless sartorial relevance has a loyal following in Paris, where Ruohonen has opened a showroom in the trendy district of Le Marais, a hub of hip designers, boutiques, bars, and restaurants. “The Marais fascinates and inspires me – it’s where the action is. Our new location will help us connect with a wider circle of clients,” enthuses the Paris-based designer. Designed by Finnish architect Pekka Littow, Maison Anna Ruohonen offers a subtle backdrop for Ruohonen’s luxurious bespoke collection and classic ready-to-wear items, now offered with a new cherry on top: a brand-new line of accessories.
If you’ve never tried riding a bicycle in an art museum before, here’s your chance. Helsinki’s Kiasma is hosting a retrospective featuring Ann Veronica Janssens, a Brussels-based contemporary artist who destabilises our perceptions with her immersive installations. Highlights include Bikes: the hubcaps create curious illusions as visitors ride the bicycles in the top-floor gallery.
WALLS OF ART
Not many girls slide a sidelong glance with such huge impact – but this one happens to be six floors high. Polka is the title of a new Helsinki mural completed as part of the UPEA Street Art Festival by acclaimed Polish street artist Sainer, whose whimsical figures often have a dark, mysterious edge.
3 x LIGHTEN UP
Cheer up the darkest days of the year with a lovely luminary.
Compiled by Silja Kudel