Written by Karen Martin Illustration by Darling Clementine
Tonje Holand, one half of Norwegian design duo Darling Clementine, takes us on a stroll down Hegdehaugsveien in Oslo.
“I think if you had asked me five years ago what I love about this area, I would describe the many second-hand shops,” says Tonje. “But, although I still love second-hand shops, these days I have limited time to look through it all!”
Hegdehaugsveien is still a favourite shopping destination for design pieces though. “This area is quite upmarket but not snobbish. It’s got a shop called Kemt, which is an exclusive and elegant ladies clothes shop that sells brands such as A.P.C and Isabel Marant. There’s also a great shop called Hay, which is a Danish design shop for Danish contemporary furniture and accessories. It’s a very cool take on contemporary Scandinavian design,” she says.
“And then you’ve got Filippa K, which is a Swedish brand selling very classic and elegant clothes, and Marimekko, a Scandinavian store selling fabric and homewares,” she adds. “What’s very interesting about Marimekko is that they’ve been around for such a long time but instead of using well-known designers they’ve recreated the brand with new Finnish designers, giving the classic brand a contemporary twist.
“If you wanted to stop for food there’s Åpent Bakeri, a bakery/café started by a Frenchman who came to Norway and didn’t feel there was enough nice baked stuff to eat! So he opened a bakery and they’ve since opened their fourth store. They have a very good selection of cinnamon buns and everything you can think of that’s home-baked.
“There’s also something called Kunstnernes Hus, which translates as the Artists’ House,” explains Tonje. “They have a café and a restaurant there, and a big terrace, so it’s a beautiful place to sit and have a glass of wine and look over the Slottsparken/Palace Park. It also hosts the Autumn Exhibition every year, featuring up-and-coming artists.
“Another great thing to do here is visit the islands. Using your normal travelcard that you can use on the trams and buses, you can take one of the small ferries out to the islands. It only takes 5 minutes to get to the closest one and 10 minutes to get to the one furthest away and you can jump off and have a swim and a picnic! It’s just a fantastic thing to be able to do in a capital city.”
City and Nature
Tonje Holandis one half of Darling Clementine, an Oslo-based company producing quirky stationery designs, illustrations, and other products. “Oslo is a capital city but feels more like a smaller town than other major cities in Europe such as Paris, London and Copenhagen,” she says. “What I love about Oslo is the combination of city and nature. In the summer, we have the islands in the Oslofjord right next to the city; and in the winter time, Nordmarka where you can go skiing – only a tram ride outside the city centre.”