Posts Tagged ‘Norwegian’

A house with a grass roof

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Above: Farm house in Keldur, Iceland. These are “earth sheltered” houses, an ancient form of passive solar, sustainable architecture. It’s the practice of “packing earth against building walls for external thermal mass, to reduce heat loss and maintain steady indoor temperature.”

From Wikipedia: “A sod roof or turf roof is a traditional Scandinavian type of green roof covered with sod on top of several layers of birch bark on gently sloping wooden roof boards.

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Westnofa chair

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Perhaps I don’t understand the business side of design and furniture manufacturing, but I’m always confused by the fact that certain historic chairs get re-licensed and reproduced, while others fade away. Often the ones that fade away are the ones I like most, while the ones reproduced ad infinitum are not my favourites.

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Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Above: abandoned Norwegian whale oil station

My mother went to Antarctica recently. She had always wanted to go, largely to see the penguins. She’s surprisingly penguin mad and as a child was known for singing the Peter Penguin song incessantly. Nearly the oldest member of the trip, she swam off an icy beach in the Antarctic ocean—on a dare.

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