We were in Oslo last week, because we are supporting 100% Norway again and met some of the talented young designers who are participating this year. I could not leave the city without going to the Nobel Peace Centre, and seeking out in particular the digital interactive installation by David Adjaye that shows all the award winners. In this fibreoptic playground, there are LED screens that give background on each of the individual, with Obama at the forefront.
When I told Hugo from Monocle that we were heading to Oslo – he immediately told us about one of his and Tyler’s favourite places, Fuglen, which is a combination of coffee/cocktail bar with amazing vintage furniture for sale. The founders are Peppe Trulsen and Einar Kleppe Holthe and they also have a hidden showroom of mid-century Norwegian furniture which we did not access on this trip. Instead we enjoyed the coffee and the barristas make the best cappucinos in Oslo!
The approach to this sneaker emporium is through a storefront that sells things like Daz detergent. Once you enter Bodega, a door slides open and lets you into the most fantastic space. Selling rare brands like Tier Zero, Adidas Consortium and Porter bags from Tokyo – the place is addictive. Founded by Oliver Mak – every aspect of hip hop culture is here, complete with bespoke DJ – just world-class.
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Whenever I come to Boston, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is always high on the list. The courtyard, a reconstruction of a 15th century Venetian palace is also a showcase for a idiosyncratic mix of paintings from Titian, Bellini, Matisse, Guardi, and Rembrandt. The 2,500 pieces including lavish furniture and rare objects make this a captivating place – especially if you love Venice. Renzo Piano is currently working on an extension which will be complete next year.
To coincide with the Alexander McQueen exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum, Bergdorf has dedicated the front windows to this designer. They are magnificent not only in detail, but in how each window captures the essence of this legendary talent. The ravishing fabrics, jewels, feathers, ornate shoes and bejeweled bags are stopping 5th Avenue traffic. The exhibition is on until the end of July and is unmissable if you are in New York.