Earlier this year, we had the chance to visit a bit of Turkey, this August half the team went discovering Oslo! The capital of Norway is just two hours away from Paris (i.e quite close to our basecamp!). This city is the perfect escape from this burning summer we have been through in Western Europe. But if you don’t have enough time for Bergen and the North Fjords, Oslo offers the perfect mix of nature -with a quick hop on the islands in the fjord of Olso (Gressholmen, Hovedøya ou Bleikøya among others)- and cultural or party time. But once you are done with the museums and eating salmon, what cuties can you bring back from Oslo as the perfect handicraft souvenir?
With its big pine trees forest in the South, Norway couldn’t escape being a specialist in wooden crafts : spoons, knife handles, bowls or even contemporary design jewelry there must be the perfect wooden goodies for you!
Advice: Are you still hesitating about bringing back a sculpted wooden spoon for fear of let it covered with dust in your kitchen or even worse of ruining it while using it? You shouldn’t care less! The kitchen is often a hard place to design because it has to stay functional. By adding hand-carved wooden spoons somewhere visible on your cooking space, you will instantly add a personal touch to your kitchen without losing the practicity needed around here. Craftsmen specialized in wooden crafts are often recommending to use wooden objects : it will first impress your guests but will also gives the object a delicate touch through time.
Ceramic is one of the most common handicraft across the globe. It didn’t take long before mankind found the idea of storing its food in ceramics dishes or eating in ceramics plates, as shown in the archeological museums of Vikings ships in Oslo. However, globalization didn’t come along with uniformization. Depending on history, tastes and cultural patterns, ceramics across the globe turned out to be very different from one place to another. Norwegian ceramics are often found in clear pastel shades that will add a soft touch to any interior ranging from pink, light brown and beige.
Advice: As for wooden handicraft, ceramics can be used on an everyday basis without problem. Any ceramic will easily find its place on your dinner table and can even sometime be washed in the washing machine. A nice little ceramic pot or a vase could also look perfect with a season flower to give a touch of color on any shelf. Beware of the airplane transportation though, airplanes trucks are not very ceramic friendly!
Contrary to what can be said about ceramics, woolen crafts is truly a craft adapted to the needs of the climat and thus difficult to find in warmer regions. Very specific to the Scandinavian region, woven woolen textiles found in Oslo are absolutely gorgeous! Their high quality is the result of a long tradition of weaving creating beautiful bed cover, blankets and gloves like no other with a wide range of color from brown, purple to green, black or red.
Advice: But you might argue that it is not THAT cold around here to buy on of those beautiful, yet pricy, thick blankets? It is true that these crafts are slowly made and highly priced but their uniqueness would bring a warm touch in your living room once the cold winter rain comes around. Picture yourself at this moment, wouldn’t it be nice to wrap yourself in your newly bought Norwegian blanket with a cup of chaï tea, a chocolate cookie to dunk and your favorite northerb saga book to have a perfect hygge style moment?
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With all this, there is no way you are coming back from Oslo with empty hands. your home will get the perfect sweet and cocooning atmosphere to go through winter…until your next crafty escape!
If you ever bring back something noteworthy from Oslo and you feel like you want to share it with us, just tag us on your Instagram post @mycraftcurator or #mycraftcurator. We are looking forward to seeing what you have discovered!
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Written by Margot