The theme of the Spring Norsebox, Blomst, celebrated the beautiful work and story of Arne Jacobsen.
Muuto | Silent Vase | $69
The Silent vase design by Andreas Engesvik is all about shape. Produced with mouth-blown glass, we felt this high quality accessory was the perfect piece for the Blomst theme.
Design Letters | Weekly Planner | $15
Who doesn't need a week-planner? We have been eyeing Design Letters for some time now, and were over-the-moon to feature their products. This particular typeface was created in Arne Jacobsen's earlier years, and showcases his architectural background.
Design Letters | Small notebook | $8We included a small notebook illustrating Jacobsen's organic design incorporation. The size is perfect for the office, bedside table, or on-the-go!
About this issue:
You won’t get far in the design world before stumbling across one of Arne Jacobsen’s impeccably proportioned chairs. The Swan, Egg, Drop, Grandprix - his iconic work has been enjoying a resurgence in America over the past few years.
Born at the turn of the century in Copenhagen, Jacobsen was heavily influenced by his hobbyist mother’s paintings of flowers, and grew up with aspirations of becoming a painter himself. However, he ultimately chose what he considered to be a more secure future in architecture.
While attending the Royal Academy of the Arts, Jacobsen quickly became a leader in the architectural functionalism movement. Works ranging from lifeguard towers at Bellevue Beach to the Skovshoved Petrol Station were all dubbed "the dream of a modern lifestyle."
During WWII, Jacobsen, who was of Jewish descent, fled for Sweden during the occupation of Denmark. With the help of the Danish resistance, Jacobsen fled Nazi persecution in a small boat, rowing himself across the Øresund to a new life.
For the next two years, limited by wartime materials shortages, the Danish architect began designing fabrics and wallpaper. In his exile, Jacobsen steered away from the rigid lines of his earlier work, and began incorporating flowers and organic shapes.
In 1945, Jacobsen returned to his native Denmark, and found no shortage of work as the country was in need of housing and public building. Influenced by organic shapes,Jacobsen became known for incorporating humane elements to the modernist movement, and saw great success through his chair and home accessories designs.