Norway is a country full of surprises. There are hikes with fairy tale worthy names like Trolltunga (troll’s tongue) and pizzas topped with kjøttboller (meatballs) at tasty dives like Hell’s Kitchen in Oslo. It’s also a country that’s revered for its design. In Norway you can spy timeless elements like the sleek furniture that’s coming out of Norwegian design house Fjordfiesta and also nab the perfect bauble to sport at your next soirée. Either way, whether you’re on the hunt for artwork, ceramics, glass, fashion, jewelry, kitchen utensils or even stationary you’re bound to bump into at least one stunning design element or accessory that you’ll lust after when you’re exploring the land of the midnight sun.
Norway Designs is a treasure trove filled with Nordic designers and it’s located in Norway’s capital city, Oslo. You’ll find this wonderland filled with home design elements and neat artwork tucked off of bustling Stortingsgata. The shop has been open for 60 years and is an epicenter for all things Norwegian design. It was opened by Per Tannum, a Norwegian businessman who had a passion for all things related to Nordic design and handicrafts. (Tannum passed away in 1994.)
You’ll find small local individual artists represented in Norway Designs, as well as major Scandinavian design brands that have gained global popularity.
One of our cult favorites is Nomess Copenhagen, an organization brand specializing in containing everyday items that was created by Suzanne Potts. The only other store we’ve bumped into Nomess’ awesome aesthetically pleasing containers during our travels is at Akkúrat (another fantadesign focused shop in Reykjavík, Iceland).
During our visit, we were completely dazzled by the array of tropical colors Norwegian designer Toril Slokvik pops into her delightful plastic and plexiglass Ura Smykker designs. Her work could easily have been inspired by the colorful cocktails you’ll find in Cuba or Miami‘s eclectic street art. It’s surprising to see Slokvik’s fluorescent furor in a country that’s known for dreary dark winters, but then again, Norway is known for Mother Nature’s bright auroras, the Northern Lights.
At Norway Designs you’ll find things like funky letters you can hang on your wall or a child’s room by Denmark’s Design Letters. (Design Letters was created by Mette Thomsen, a former copywriter and journalist turned designer.)
There are also teapots by Finnish design house Marimekko and even oak cutting boards for your kitchen from Norwegian based Trefjøla. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect souvenir or a gift for a loved one, the lovely collections on display at Norway Designs are bound to be the beginning of an auld lang syne with Scandinavian design.
Address: Stortingsgaten 28
Oslo, Norway 0161
Hours: Monday Through Friday 10:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Phone: +47 23 11 45 10
Pricing (All in Norwegian Krone or NOK): Prices Range From 40 (for Stationary) to 4,750 (for High End Design Pieces)