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February Mood '24

Our February Mood of 2024 features Danish design in an unconventional way (ahoy!), fresh recipes with in season produce, and books and movies that will send a chill down your spine. If you are looking for a new creative outlet, make sure to scroll your way down to Signe Scherling's paper flower tutorials. Enjoy this months inspiration!

YYachts x Norm Architects
Sailing, but make it design. YYachts have teamed up with Norm Architects to create the interior design for their luxury sail yachts and it is like stepping into a thoughtfully designed condo. You would not believe you were inside a sailboat. That is however not surprising once you know who is behind YYachts. It is German Michael Schmidt, who's also the man behind Hanse Yachts. When Hanse was launched, Schmidt's more modern and minimalistic design approach to sail yachts was a new way of thinking to the industry, and he continues to push boundaries. His background in sail racing ensures that the YYachts not only look fantastic, but performs exquisitely as well. Their motto is "
Keep it simple: It should look good and must sail nicely." and that's exactly what these yachts do. Knowing Norm's minimal approach to aesthetics and materiality, once you step below deck you're not in doubt that this is a design of theirs.
Check it out here 

Villa Århus
In a collaboration with Flos, this villa close to the sea in Århus, Denmark boasts of well thought out lighting, both inside and outdoors. The pieces have been picked to complement the design of the house and to accentuate the natural surroundings this family home is set in. Designed by 
Insitu Arkitekter, the house is composed of a carefully selected material palette, which helps to create a calm and harmonious atmosphere in which the family can feel at home.
View the home here 


Vincenzo's Mercato
We have a new neighbour! Vincenzo's Mercato recently opened up their doors on 1580 Taylor Ave and it didn't take us long to visit them. We've been longing for a local place with good coffee for a long time, and can confirm that their coffees and paninis are lovely. Besides offering authentic Italian groceries and produce, they also have a daily lunch menu, pizza all day, and a dinner menu on Fridays, all which can be enjoyed in their cafe or as take out. We highly recommend.

Check them out here 

Charred Cabbage with Tahini Drizzle  
Although, you may not think of cabbage as a veggie being in season in February, it is. The winter type cabbage stores well, so you can still enjoy local cabbage in the winter months. Prepared this way, green cabbage turns decadently sweet with a hint of charred and smokey flavour, and it is the perfect side dish to any kind of meat. Drizzled with the tahini-lemon sauce, it's complete goodness.
Find the recipe here 

Mulled Beer 
Everyone has heard of mulled wine, but mulled beer? With so many fantastic local breweries, it's basically mandatory to grab a beer and try this recipe. This might be the perfect companion for an evening skate on the river.
Try it for yourself here →


Paper Flowers 
Signe Scherling's paper flowers looks like the real deal and are out of this world pieces of art. Some of them even have details of decay. Signe is based in Copenhagen and creates tutorials for how to make paper flowers so you can learn how to make your own. If making these isn't your cup of tea but you like the look, fear not, we still have a few of Seden's paper flowers left in the shop to buy.
Find her tutorials here →

World of Banksy 
Banksy is an anonymous street artist, 
political activist, and film director based in England, who's work transforms traditional art viewing into an interactive experience. He is known for his satirical street art which combines dark humour with graffiti usually executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. The exhibition World of Banksy features a combination of physical art, digital, and interactive experiences and is only showing for a limited time in April. We've heard tickets tend to sell out fast.
Get tickets here 

Nordic noir, or Nordic crime dramas, are perfect for cozy winter viewing and supply an ending not too far into the distance. Quicksand is a Swedish show where high school student Maja finds herself on trial for murder after a tragedy at a prep school. The show is based on the best-selling novel and is perfectly eery, just the way we like our Nordic crime dramas. Available on Netflix.

Faceless Killers 
If you are more of a reader than a viewer, following the above theme, this is the first book in the series about police inspector Kurt Wallander written by Henning Mankell. Mankell is considered the dean of Nordic Noir and rightly so. The series contains 11 books spanning from 1997 to 2011. It was such a hit that movies and TV series have been produced based on the books and the Kurt Wallander character in both Swedish and English. The Kurt Wallander books are Nordic noir at it's best.
The book can be found here 


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