Oslo: Interview: Anna Seifert from the online gallery piQmo

Cederquist_Thebullandthesparrow_piqmoA few weeks ago, we were invited at the Norwegian launch of the online photo gallery piQmo.com which happened at the beautiful residence of the Swedish ambassador in Oslo. We had the pleasure to meet the very charming and talented Swedish photographer Anna Seifert who was one of the protagonist behind this event. We’ve asked her a few questions about her and this interesting online gallery. Continue reading

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Oslo: Some cocktail ideas for “The End” of the year

Patrice at The End Bar - OsloWe’ve met Patrice in his brand new cosy cocktail bar in Oslo: The End (Hegdehaugsveien 24). It’s a great place to have a drink with some friends before dancing in the night club just next door. We’ve asked him to give us some cocktail tips to enjoy a nice drink during this festive period of the year. Patrice has chosen to make 3 drinks for us:  1) The gin-based Singapore Sling to celebrate its anniversary as it was invented exactly 100 years ago at the famous Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar.  2) The Bora Bora, an alcohol-free drink. 3) The French Martini.

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Oslo: Objektum honors objects

Timea from ObjektumLast week, we had the pleasure to meet the charming Timea, who is the owner of one of our favorite furniture websites: Objektum. We’ve just bought from her a nice vintage military bench totally renovated and it will definitely not be the last piece we will buy from her. She has so many nice treasures. So, we took this opportunity to ask her a few questions about her business: Continue reading

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Oslo : For the first time in Scandinavia at Astrup Fearnley

Damien Hirst - For the Love of God, 2007It´s the autumn again, a fantastic colorful season in Oslo and also the time to go back to museums after a sunny and outdoor summer. One of our favorite one is Astrup Fearnley Museet. If you haven’t been there yet or if you are in Oslo for a weekend, you should definitely visit it. At the moment and until the 15th of november, you can see an exhibition of the English artist Damien Hirst. Born in 1965, Hirst is commonly acknowledged to be one of the most influential artists of his generation. He holds a special position within the Astrup Fearnley Museet, which now boasts a significant collection of his works, starting with the acquisition of Mother and Child (Divided) (1993) in 1996. The museum’s entire collection of Hirst’s works has now been brought together for the first time,. This centerpiece of the exhibition, a platinum cast of a human skull set with diamonds called “For the Love of God” (never shown before in Scandinavia), acts as a memento mori, reminding the viewer of the fragility of life. The dazzling beauty of the diamonds, combined with the skull, a symbol of death, demonstrate Hirst’s enduring fascination in the means by which mankind attempts to comprehend its own mortality. To learn more about the exhibition click on this link.

From the 16.10.15 to the 31.01.16, the museum will propose a new exhibition called “Good Morning America”, which will cast light on how, in the late 1970s and the 1980s, an important group of American artists invented a new form of artistic language, ideas and clichés found in American art and consumer culture. The exhibition will include works by Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Robert Gober, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Charles Ray.

Photo©Damien Hirst – For the Love of God, 2007

Astrup Fearnley Museet
Strandpromenaden 2, 0252 Oslo.



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Paris: Bonjour Mesdames!

Les Dames du Pantheon - Hotel ParisThere are many of you who are contacting us to get good tips regarding hotels in Paris. To complete our list of hotels (Maison Souquet, Paradis, Mama Shelter, 9 Hotel, Joséphine), here is a very cosy and well located one that we have recently tested. Les Dames du Panthéon is a four-star hotel situated in the heart of the historic 5th arrondissement (Saint-Germain) 35 rooms on six floors totally renovated 2 years ago, with a subtle mix of modern and retro design with feminine influence and touch. This hotel is really great value for money! We also recommend to have the french breakfast there which is really nice.

Les Dames du Panthéon
19 place du Panthéon
75005 Paris

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Paris: a new gastronomic temple of temptations

Maison Plisson- ParisLa Maison Plisson is  a new cafe-restaurant-grocery store located at few steps from the famous concept store Merci. It has just opened a few months ago and it is already a place to be and to find delicious products carefully curated and beautifully merchandised. (More than 80 percent of what they sell is French and comes from small producers all over France). The shop and the restaurant are open daily. For more info about the concept click on this link.

La Maison Plisson
93 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75003 Paris

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Paris: One sport, one jersey, one story

Sports d'EpoqueAs maybe some of you are aware of, it’s very soon the Rugby World Cup (it will held in England from 18 September to 1 November 2015). What a great opportunity for us to introduce you to  Sports d’Epoque! It’s a really great French brand that we have discovered in Paris. It all started in 2007 when two brothers, passionate about sports, read a Rugby history book and realized that the old jerseys were beautiful, authentic and each had a story to tell. However it was impossible to find any of them, the brothers decided to bring back to life these forgotten jerseys that have marked the history of rugby.

Today, the brand offers a wide range of “original”products which are authentic replicas of the original sport jerseys, but also a new range of ‘inspired” products with a modern or classic style integrating elements of sport history, mainly using original embroidered logos, materials or cuts from the original eras. Initially, the brand has focused especially on rugby, but it has time after time developed its offer to include today a wide range of products in football and athletics, and looking further to create vintage tennis and other sports clothing.

Check out the stores and outlets:
Sports d’Epoque  

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Shake, shake, shake with Sharky

photo 3Here is a small surprise for you, dear readers. To prolong the summer feeling as long as possible, we’ve asked our friend and professional bartender Patrice (aka Sharky), to prepare for you and for us two delicious, fresh and easy to make summer cocktails recipes: Pineapple Mojito & Simply Red… Continue reading

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Oslo: Bono…Bonissimo

Bono Food OsloIf you are back from your holidays like us and you still want to have a taste of sun in your plate, here is a great address that we’d like to share with you. Bono is a charming new Italian delicatessen in Frogner with a large choice of Italian food products. Andrea, the owner, has also opened his terrace a few weeks ago to serve you true Italian coffee. Our tips: try “La Tur” cheese with a good french baguette, it’s really delicious! Bono is opened in July and on Sundays!

Niels Juels Gate 25


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Paris: A glimpse into the Parisian lifestyle

Ines de la Fressang - Boutique ParisThe famous and elegant Parisian Ines de la Fressange has just opened a beautiful boutique in the center of Paris and launch her own brand. This lovely space offers an authentic glimpse into the Parisian woman’s lifestyle where you will find and feel the Ines’ touch with every woman’s basic essentials to ready-to-wear fashion and interior design.

Ines de la Fressange 
24 rue de Grenelle – 75007 Paris


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Paris: Le Marche Saint Pierre in Montmartre

Marche Saint Pierre - DreyfusIf you go to Montmartre in Paris, you have to stop by the Marché Saint Pierre. “The place” to find all kind of fabrics at a very good price. It’s been an institution for more than 60 years where you are sure to find what you are looking for (5 floors dedicated to all kind of fabrics…). We like to go there and buy few meters of velvet, cotton, linen…when we want for example to customize and personalize our vintage furnitures or change our curtains.

2 rue Charles Nodier
75018 PARIS


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Oslo: A visit to the Vigeland Museum

Vigeland Museum - OsloLast Sunday, we visited the Vigeland Museum, one of our favorite museum in Oslo. Located few steps from the Vigeland park, one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. This unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework. The sculpture museum of the city is dedicated to this renowned artist. The majority of the Museum’s exhibition space is a presentation of his oeuvre but you will also discover there temporary exhibitions on contemporary and modern art. For more info about it and Gustav Vigeland click on the following link below:

Vigeland Museum
Nobels gate 32 – Oslo


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Oslo: A latin taste: The Gourmet Market

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Who’s ever said that mothers and step daughters don’t get alone well? Yesterday, Miriam and her step daughter Aida Navarrete, both native from Valencia in Spain, opened in full family harmony a Spanish coffee shop / store / catering in the heart of Oslo. They serve delicious home made tapas in a very friendly atmosphere. It brings some warmness into this part of the city which was really missing a nice place to have lunch.
They also sale take away delicatessen products from Spain, Italy, and France.
And if you don’t feel like traveling all the way from the suburb to experience Latin food, you can just call The Gourmet Market and they will come and make food at your place. That’s what we call great service!

The Gourmet Market
Tlf: 21 64 41 60
Pilestredet 27
0164 Oslo


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Paris: Maison Souquet: Luxe, calme et volupte

Maison Souquet ParisMaison Souquet ParisMaison Souquet ParisMaison Souquet ParisAt the transition between the19th and the 20th century, the brothels were the second house of the powerful men and the aesthetes. La Maison Souquet reproduces the sumptuous setting of one of them, close to Place Pigalle and its famous Moulin Rouge. Ideally located in the bohemian neighborhood, it draws a link between the 18th and 9th district, halfway between the “village” of Montmartre and the new scenes of the Parisian night.

The hotel has been decorated by the famous interior designer Jacques Garcia. His freedom allows him to imagine an hotel based on the theme of brothels while orchestrating the design of the Louvre rooms devoted to French furniture of the 18th century, or the rehabilitation of the royal apartments of the Palace of Versailles.

At Maison Souquet, he celebrates with natural the marriage of Moorish style and the Napoleon III’s velvet and composes an eclectic collection of furniture, art objects and paintings, which the authenticity infuse the spirit of the venue: magical and enchanting.

The fourteen rooms, six junior suites and two apartments of la Maison Souquet pay tribute to the singular beauty of the courtesans which they bear the name.

La Maison Souquet offers as well a lovely spa department, a winter garden and a cozy bar.

Maison Souquet
10, rue de Bruxelles — 75009 Paris, France


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Oslo: Design Utopia

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Utopia is a vintage design gallery in Oslo. Fabio, the italian owner, opened it in 2002 and has great knowledge about 20th century design, with a special focus on Norwegian design. Over the years, he has provided collectors, museums and enthusiasts with rare objects as well as popular furniture. This design gallery/store is definitively a place to stop if you are looking after norwegian and italian design.

Utopia Retro Modern
Bygdøy allé 60, Oslo.


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Parisoslo in BO BEDREYou will find in the December issue of Bo Bedre a nice design guide about Paris and our 4 best tips. Bon voyage!

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Edgar Oslo

Edgar's OsloEdgar OsloAnother good tips in Oslo for vintage furnitures : Edgar’s. You will find some interesting pieces mostly from the Art Deco period, but also up to the 70’s. During our last visit, we bought there those nice Corda lamps from the Danish lighting designer Jo Hammerborg. They’ve perfectly find their place in our living room:

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Tostrupsgate 25 – Oslo


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Christine and the Queens - Concert OsloWhen the little Héloïse Letissier was dressing up in costumes, dancing and singing in her childhood bedroom near Nantes, she was dreaming of those Broadway’s musicals, very theatrical and bombastic… And 20 years later, she does everything from singing to dancing, filming, photographing and has reached the tops of the french charts with her 1st album, “Chaleur Humaine”. With her real-fake band, where she’s actually alone and hiding behind the biblical name of Christine, she’ll sing and dance for the first time in Oslo. French magazine “Les Inrockuptibles” describes her as “The unlikely intersection between a french classic, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé”. To win 2 tickets to the Cosmpolite concert in Oslo on the 5th of november, answer that simply question: From which country Christine and the Queens is ? (Lucky draw on the 1st of November, among the correct answers). Good luck! -Contest finished-

Article written by Emma
Picture courtesy of “Because Music”


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It’s Hestra-ordinary

Hestra OsloHestra OsloHestra OsloHestra´s first concept store in Oslo which opened just a couple of weeks ago on Bogstadveien will surely be the place to warm up your hands when the cold winter comes back! You will find in this beautiful store all kind of gloves and mitts mostly in leather, for urban strolls or ski trips. For those of you who are not familiar with this old quality brand established in Sweden in 1936 just click here.

Hestra:Point of sales in Oslo



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ÆTT: A pure Norwegian brand

ættDid you know that some of the greatest fashion brands such as e.g. Gucci, Prada were making some of their leather accessories at the Norwegian bovine tanner Borge Garveri located nearby Bergen? Well, we did not it know either until we meet Anna-Lisa Johannessen and Haavard Holmaas the founders of the new great Norwegian brand ÆTT. We discovered their first pop-up store some months ago close to Mathallen in Oslo and it was about time to write this post! Their beautiful leather bags are made from the last scraps of premium quality leather they bought from the tanner Borge when unfortunately he had to close down its workshop in 2010. Revisiting classic items from outdoors men, sailors, mountaineers and workers, ÆTT offers a humble, contemporary homage to the timeless quality, craft and tradition of resilience. We really love the purity of the lines tapped into the Norwegian roots.

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