Wall Street Journal on Aquavit

WSJ: Sipping the Spirit of the North — The best ways to enjoy classic Scandinavian aquavit—and how to make your own

Printmag on New Nordic Food

“The new Nordic cuisine movement is a food and design phenomenon, but it also  says something about us Finns, Swedes, and Danes as people. No longer are we  looking outside of our borders to find new experiences; we have finally started  to appreciate the things we have at home and, what’s more, believe that they can  be something worth telling others about as well.”

Read more at PrintMag.com:  Art on a Platter: The Nordic Food Revolution

Danish DeeJay 2012 Award Winners

Some great beats coming out of Scandinavia….check out this year’s winners of the annual Danish DeeJay Awards!

The Year’s Danish Artist & Album:  MEDINA / For Altid


The Year’s Danish Deejay: NOIR


The Year’s Upfront Deejay: FLIP


The Year’s Danish Remix:  PETER VISTI / Gasolin’: Som Et Strejf Af en Dråbe (Peter Visti Remix)


The Year’s International Club Hit & Year’s International Favorite Deejay: AVICII / Levels

The Year’s Danish Deejay Favorite: MICHAEL RUNE Ft. NADIA GATTAS / Min Indre Stemme

The Year’s International Deejay:  DIPLO / Kødbyen

If you’re hungry for more, check out the “Sounds of Copenhagen” album


Georg Jensen Introduces New Ilse Crawford Collection

World-renowned Danish silver design company Georg Jensen has a new collection designed by British desiner Ilse Crawford. Here’s a short film produced by Justin Anderson featuring the collection, which includes a water jug, metallic bowl and candleholder. Quite sexy indeed.


Bie Designs: Storytelling Textiles

Designer Katja Bie turned her love of writing, history, and pattern design with storytelling and created her own masterpieces. Her silk scarves and ties feature an overlay of artistic expressions featuring ancient script and motifs from H.C. Andersen fairy tales, Danish castles, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Tycho Brahe star maps, and Viking runes. Her collection started with the production of ties, scarves and T-shirts to celebrate the 200 anniversary of H.C. Andersen in 2005 for the Odense City museums. Many of her pieces are designed specifically for museum gift shops across Denmark. http://biedesign.dk

e-Types sets Typefaces on Fire

Monocle Magazine reports on a design agency in Copenhagen that specializes in making type fonts.  The agency, e-Types has even set up a retail store. See the coverage here: Playtype.


Icelandic music….from Iceland Airwaves

I actually personally attended the very first Iceland Airwaves concert in Iceland back in 1999. Gus Gus played and a very cool Beastie Boys-ish band called Quarashi played as did Detroit’s Thievery Corporation. Flavorwire highlighted a few of their favorite new bands from Iceland playing at this year’s Airwaves festival on their site.

Check it…

New Dreamy Nordic Indie Band from Finland

Thanks to Nordic Vibes, a Dutch blog covering Scandinavian music, I discovered this super dreamy from Finland. They describe themselves as: “Combining the hypnotic soundscapes of dream pop with lush melodies.”

Seems like they’ve been making waves worldwide with their self-titled album, which launched in Finland about a year ago in Sept. 2010, then later in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands, and most recently in the U.S. in May this year.

Download their latest EP “Before I Go Go,” and listen to samples of the album on their website. And check out a few of their videos below including one of their hit songs “About Brothers.”