16 Nov '15

An antidote to Christmas stress

Nordic Christmas

We love a cheerful Christmas. Yet as the festive season approaches, we can sense our stress levels build – presents to buy, people to see, places to go to. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush and clutter of Christmas by living…

12 Oct '15

Klaus Haapaniemi’s Inspiration

Klaus Haapaniemi

Klaus Haapaniemi’s colourful designs, featuring fantasy illustrations of nature, woodland animals and creatures, can be found in most Finnish homes. His work is most easily recognised by the Taika dinnerware series by Iittala and is heavily influenced by Finnish folklore. Each beautifully embroidered cushion, silk…

23 Jul '15

100 Days of Summer

Summer Finland

As I write this, I am dreaming of my late summer holiday at my family’s cottage in Finland. I am typing by an open window in Brixton, where only screaming sirens break the constant hum of traffic. In one of the dozen tiny Victorian gardens,…

24 Apr '15

Fancy a fika?

fika

Coffee isn’t just coffee in Nordic countries – it’s a lifestyle. Finland tops the world’s coffee consumption table, followed by the Netherlands and Sweden, where people drink coffee all day, every day when having a fika. A fika is a Swedish tradition that the Finns…

15 Mar '15

In praise of ‘Latte Dads’

latte dads

We believe that a good coffee shop reflects the vibrancy of the people and community it serves.  Visit a London café in the middle of the day and in amongst the eclectic mix of people, you may start to notice a new type of customer…

29 Sep '14

On Wednesdays We Eat Cinnamon Buns

cinnamon buns

Before moving to Copenhagen for the first time in 2008, cinnamon buns were just something that people in Philadelphia ate for breakfast (I’m from the US). I’d never had a particularly good bun and, with treats available to me like croissants, cake and doughnuts, I…