Posts in NORDIC THINGS
Trout Lake by Olsun Kundig
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The buildings recall the agricultural forms of the local built environment, but as is our nature in our designs, we sought to take that context and evolve it to a more emphatic modern language. We sought to design something that was exquisitely proportioned in a quiet, agricultural way.” –Tom Kundig 

This stunning property is located on eighteen acres of rural agricultural property in Trout Lake, Washington. The minimalistic yet rustic design style was built with intention to integrate indoor and outdoor living; a sense of being none with the surrounding landscape. The exterior style of house takes after agricultural structures, with elements of minimalism incorporated in its design, form and materials used; most of the house is finished in low-maintenance concrete, plywood and steel.

Photography by Jeremy Bitterman

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48 Hours In The Yukon; Photo Journal By Hennygraphy
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Ever wondered what 48 hours in the Yukon look like? Think cold, grey skies, snow-capped mountains, campfire and tea by a wood stove. Some of our product made the journey with Hennygraphy and photographer Jong Sun Park on their 2 day, fully loaded trip of the Yukon. 

All photography credit to Hennygraphy. See more of the journey here.

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 Shop our Up Knorth minimalist   t-shirt here.

Shop our Up Knorth minimalist t-shirt here.

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 Our women's Cabin Socks doing the trick up north.   Shop them here.

Our women's Cabin Socks doing the trick up north. Shop them here.

Nordic Components; Hillsden House by Lloyd Architects

Modern, but not in a cubist sort of way. The Nordic components of this home perfectly bring together a rustic yet Scandinavian cabin feel while also effortlessly maintaining state of the art architectural features, clean lines and open spaces. 

“Contrary to popular belief, it actually takes a lot more time and effort to create such clean and simple spaces,” says interior designer Ann Tempest. The final result blurs boundaries between modern and rustic, creating a truly timeless and comfortable residence. 

Architect: Lloyd Architects 

Interior Designer: Ann Tempest

Photography: Leah Miller, Mark Weinburgh, and CityHome Collective

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Cabin on Femunden by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter

Located on the shores of Femunden, a large lake near Norway's border with Sweden, lies this dynamic reconstructed property. The lot used to be occupied by two separate one-room log cabins, one over 100 years old. The owners, looking to preserve the old cabins but increase square footage asked architects Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter to come up with a design incorporating the two old cabins into a larger, combined structure linked under a common roof. 

The finished project covers a floor space of 915 ft2 (85m2). The largest wing of the house contains an open floor living area, as well as a small bedroom that stretches towards the lake. Large glass windows were used throughout the house to capture ample natural light and magnificent water views. The remaining wings of the house contain the bathroom, sauna, storage and utility spaces. The main cabin and one of the smaller cabins, used as another bedroom, are heated by wood stoves.

Photographs by Tom Gustavsen, courtesy of Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter.

Into The Woods: Studio Yod Lab's Verholy Guest Houses
 Into the woods: Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Into the woods: Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

One brief look at the ease and flow of constructing these minimal footprint guest houses is enough to make us wonder why so few designers truly take the time to respect and connect with the landscape and nature surrounding their design. 

 Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Nestled in the Poltova region of Ukraine you will find Sosnovka’s Relax Park Verholy. Here, amidst a maze of tree trunks and a needle-scattered ground, Studio YOD has crafted guest houses that were seemingly born from the forest. 

Each lightweight metal-framed structure is set on a screw base, raised a meter above the ground. This allows quick assembly of the structure without harming the surrounding landscape, especially the root systems of the surrounding pine forest. The walls are veneered oak, with a larch plate ceiling to match the construction of the terrace. The interior is designed with natural colors, unadorned but for individually-designed pieces of furniture and abstract artwork upon the wall. The house saves on energy consumption with diode lamps and background diode highlighters, which offer their own dramatic glow. At night, the interior gleams a warm candle-orange, while thick, earth-colored drapes allow privacy.

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

 Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

 Photography by Andrey Avdeenko

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko

 Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Photography by Andrey Avdeenko 

Allemansrätten - Freedom To Roam
 Roaming Iceland, camping gear in tow. Shot by Christian McLeod.

Roaming Iceland, camping gear in tow. Shot by Christian McLeod.

Allemansrätten - literally "everyman's right" or "freedom to roam" - is an inalienable commandment that guarantees public access to the country's land. At one point, most of Europe commonly embraced this concept, however today the right to roam has survived in it's purest form in only Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

 Scouting for a camp spot over Lofoten, Norway. Shot by Marie Peyre.

Scouting for a camp spot over Lofoten, Norway. Shot by Marie Peyre.

 Wild camping on Horseid Beach, Norway by Cody Duncan via  68north

Wild camping on Horseid Beach, Norway by Cody Duncan via 68north

These rights of access open doors for remarkable exploring and unrestrained adventures. In several of the Nordic countries travellers are provided with the opportunity to hike across or camp on another's land, boat on someone else's water and even harvest wild edibles (wildflowers, mushrooms and nordic berries) off others' land. These concepts are very unlike North America, where camping is typically designated to certain areas, whether in the wilderness or not. And while this incredible concept will undoubtedly spark the travel bug, these rights do come with some responsibilities (and justly so); that is, an obligation to neither harm, disturb, litter nor damage any wildlife and crops. 

So for the traveler with a tent in tow, this equates to the right to camp anywhere you please, whenever you please, for free. Norway anyone?

 Aurora tent views. By Georg Krewenk.

Aurora tent views. By Georg Krewenk.

 Camping at Lake Langisjór. Shot by Christopher Lund.

Camping at Lake Langisjór. Shot by Christopher Lund.