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copenhagen, denmark, design, scandinavia, Writing, Gestalten, Books, Work

Northern Comfort: The Nordic Art of Creative Living (Coming SOON)


"Northern Comfort: The Nordic Art of Creative Living takes a close look at some of the Nordic region’s most inspiring and insightful ideas and individuals." 

It is well known that the citizens of the Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland) enjoy an exceptionally high quality of life. Furthermore, year after year, the citizens of these five nations are regularly celebrated as some of the 'happiest in the world.'

With his newest book, author Austin Sailsbury goes beyond the statistics and the cliches to profile a wide range of individuals, brands, and regional experts in an attempt to discover what lies at the heart of the 'happy' Nordic life. Through interviews, essays, profiles, and captivating photography of real people at work and at play in the Nordic region, Northern Comfort: The Nordic Art of Creative Living (Gestalten Books) provides an inspiring and intimate introduction to the progressive societies, innovative ideas, cultural quirks, and creative individuals that have so recently captured the world's attention. Featured topics covered in the pages of Northern Comfort include: interior design and architecture, cuisine, family life, Nordic nature, outdoor adventure, and regional traditions.

AVAILABLE IN EUROPE IN SEPTEMBER AND
AROUND THE WORLD IN NOVEMBER, 2018.


2017, books, copenhagen, denmark, design, Summer, travels, Writing

Introducing The New 'Hidden Copenhagen' Website

All images taken from the new  www.the500hiddensecrets.com . Family portrait by  Alec Vanderboom.

All images taken from the new www.the500hiddensecrets.com. Family portrait by Alec Vanderboom.

Summer is Here.

And just in time for your summer travels, the good folks at Luster Books have introduced the official 'Hidden Copenhagen' website by Luster Books, part of their new www.the500hiddensecrets.com.

Along with preview sections from the book, the 'Hidden Copenhagen' page also features a 'Meet The Author' page as well as ways to buy the book online. Each book in the 'Hidden' series has it's own page, so you can get busy exploring Barcelona, London, Lisbon, Rome, and several others. 

**The third edition of The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen is OUT NOW!**

austria, travels, design

Zaha Hadid's Otherworldly Nordpark Railway Stations, Innsbruck

'Shell and Shadow' in the Alps over Innsbruck

We only spent one day in Innsbruck, Austria on our way between Salzburg and Munich. But the highlight of our day in Innsburck (besides the struedel) was our slow motion journey up the city's stunning Nordpark Railway, designed in 2007 by architect Zaha Hadid (1950 - 2016).

The Nordpark Railway begins in the city center and then climbs into the mountains, stopping a three stations along the way before arriving at Hungerburg Station. The Funicular stations are made of concrete and Alpine green, sculpted glass. Here's how Ms. Hadid described the inspiration for and design of the Nordpark Stations:

"Two contrasting elements “Shell & Shadow” generate each station’s spatial quality. A lightweight organic roof structure floats on top of a concrete plinth. The artificial landscape functions as a relief in which various movements and circulations are inscribed. Looking at the Roof Shell’s fluid shapes and soft contours, one might be reminded on natural phenomena such as glacier movements." 

You can learn more about the Nordpark Railway and about Zaha Hadid at the architect's website.

Nordpark Railway Station at Street Level by Zaha Hadid. Photo via  www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station at Street Level by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via  www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via  www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com