If you love Scandinavian design, chances are you’ll have already heard of the Danish company Norm Architects. They are a source of great inspiration to me in my work and in my personal life. For the past five years or so, these guys have been involved in residential architecture, commercial interiors, industrial design, photography, graphics and art direction – all in the spirit of traditional Scandinavian simplicity, of course.
I’m completely infatuated with most of Norm Architects’ designs. Recently I was introduced to – and fell in love with – their dinnerware collection, designed for Danish design company Menu. It’s got a truly Nordic feel to it. And it seems I’m not the only one – the collection was so popular that the two companies teamed up with renowned Copenhagen restaurateurs Cofoco to create this amazing restaurant called Höst (Autumn).
Norm Architects have used recycled wood, industrial pendant lights and woollen blankets to create rustic Scandinavian dining rooms. These elements, in combination with minimalistic and sleek dining chairs and the specially designed, basic white tableware alongside blue and grey pieces and slabs of granite, capture the heart of Nordic design: it’s romantic yet modern, urban yet rural and rustic yet simplistic.
The food emphasises organic, locally produced Nordic cuisine, and the restaurant even has a jam and preserves cellar in place of the traditional wine cellar! In September 2013 Höst won The World’s Best Design Restaurant award at the annual Bar & Restaurant Design Awards in London. I’m not surprised! I am definitely paying a visit to this restaurant on my next trip to Scandinavia. I can’t wait.
Photographer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen