Peppe: The King of Norwegian vintage design

Fuglen - Oslo - photo©parisoslo.comFuglen - Oslo - photo©parisoslo.comFuglen - OsloFuglen - Oslo - photo©Christophe VolleFuglen - Oslo - photo©parisoslo.comFuglen - Oslo - photo©parisoslo.comWhen talking about Mid-century modern Nordic design, people mostly refer to Swedish, Finish and especially Danish designers such as Verner Panton, Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Henningsen…But one tend to forget about Norwegian designers, who played (and still do) an important role in the history of interior design. This is mainly due to the fact that Norway has not been good enough to promote its creative heroes, such as Torbjørn Afdal, Gerhard Berg, Hans Brattrud or Fredrik Kayser, just to name of few of them. This is what Peppe Trulsen has decided to rectify, by becoming one of the most influential ambassadors of the Norwegian retro design culture. His concept store in Oslo, Fuglen, a blend of café, cocktail bar and vintage design boutique, which he runs with a few partners, has become a “must-visit” place for anyone nostalgic of the 50s & 60s. He also opened in 2012 a new Fuglen in Tokyo. On top of that, Peppe writes and has participates in several books about Norwegian design, he is the man behind the international design exhibition Norwegian Icons (Oslo, Tokyo, New York), and he is working those days on the opening of a new Norwegian concept store in New York. Peppe kindly opened us the door of his warehouse a few weeks ago…and here are some photos.

Quand on parle du design nordique du milieu du 20ème siècle, on fait souvent référence aux designers suédois, finlandais et notamment danois tels que Verner Panton, Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Henningsen … Mais on a tendance à oublier les designers norvégiens, qui ont joué (et jouent encore) un rôle important dans l’histoire du design d’intérieur. Ceci est principalement dû au fait que la Norvège n’a jamais vraiment fait la promotion de ses héros créatifs, comme Torbjørn Afdal, Gerhard Berg, Hans Fredrik Brattrud ou Kayser, pour ne nommer que quelques-uns d’entre eux. C’est ce que Peppe Trulsen a décidé de rectifier, en devenant l’un des ambassadeurs les plus influents de la culture vintage norvégienne. Son concept store à Oslo, Fuglen, qui est un mélange de café, bar à cocktails et boutique d’objets vintage, est devenu l’endroit incontournable pour les nostalgiques des années 50 et 60. Peppe écrit et collabore à plusieurs livres sur le design norvégien. Il a également ouvert en 2012 un nouveau Fuglen à Tokyo, il est aussi à l’origine de l’exposition internationale de design Norwegian Icons (Oslo, Tokyo, New York), et travaille actuellement sur l’ouverture d’un nouveau concept store norvégien à New York. Peppe nous a gentiment ouvert il y a quelques semaines les portes de son garde meubles, une vraie caverne d’Ali Baba…dont voici quelques photos.

Fuglen
Universitetsgaten 2,
(entrance from Pilestredet)
Oslo

Photos reportage©Parisoslo.com

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