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his name is didrik

And he’s going to the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest to represent Norway.

Pretty boy Didrik Solli-Tangen, 22, was virtually a nobody before the whole Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix wheel set in motion four weeks ago. In the Norwegian press articles leading to his semi-final win two weeks ago, he was referred to as Alexander Rybak’s (Melodi Grand Prix and Eurovision Song Contest 2009 winner) friend. Now, the young opera singer and current music student has stepped out of the shadow and sang his heart out to win MGP this year with “My Heart is Yours.”

Watching the show live at Oslo Spektrum last night, it was very clear that he’s the big favourite to win the entire thing. After hearing him sing live for the first time last night, I felt there was that magical something that made me go cliche and say, a star is born. And true enough, his brilliance made him stand out from the competition – from world-renowned group A1 (finishing at a respectable second place) to more established Norwegian artists. I, myself, was bewildered and spent a good amount of SMS money to send him through and win.

Now, I can’t be more excited to watch him bedazzle the whole of Europe in May as all eyes are in Oslo and at Telenor Arena, where I’ll be for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest! Wouldn’t it be cooler if he was to wear this outfit instead? :-p

Didrik Solli-Tangen, “My Heart is Yours”

Melodi Grand Prix 2010 Winner

Photo credits: NRK


a1 to melodi grand prix finals!

We’re back in Oslo! And what better way to get back into the swing of things than watch the last two semi-finals of Melodi Grand Prix – the winner of which will represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest in May right here in Oslo.

Norwegian-British group A1 got a golden ticket tonight to the national finals in two weeks (we’re watching it live!) with their song “Don’t Wanna Lose You Again.” I heard hints of Coldplay in this catchy mid-tempo pop tune. I actually got excited when I heard their entry and am now silently hoping for an A1 victory on February 6. That is if it doesn’t go to the night’s other qualifier – pretty boy Didrik Solli-Tangen (left) with his powerful ballad “My Heart is Yours” in the same feel as “You Raise Me Up,” that took the whole semi-final by storm.

On the fashion front, the A1 guys were all wearing different incarnations of military jackets and a waist coat. Looks like Mark Read (center) is wearing the military jacket from Zara Fall/Winter 2010. Me likey!

Here are the videos of the qualifying performances:

A1 – Don’t Wanna Lose You Again

Didrik Solli-Tangen – My Heart Is Yours

Photo credits: VG/NRK

stocking stuffers: norwegian forests on a string

Here’s a Christmas ornament idea from Norwegian lighting designer Cathrine Kullberg who is known for her range of birch veneer lamps.

Taking off from the success of the Norwegian Forest lamps (which was also featured at the Wallpaper* Guest Editors Karl Lagerfeld/Philippe Starck issue, September 2009) which draw on a classic Scandinavian tradition of using thin birch strips for lighting, Kullberg releases a miniature lamp shade that is perfect as a delicate Christmas ornament for your tree.

Illuminated from the inside, the lamp gives a warm glow as an expertly laser cut motif of a squirrel and pine branches light up. A new design will be launched every winter, so I better start collecting. It’s also perfect as a Christmas gift and each comes flat-packed with easy assembly instructions. A leather string is included for the seam and handle. DIY fun!

NOK 299, available from the following online stores and shops.

wallpaper* reveals norway


Winning this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was clearly just the beginning; it seems Norway is taking the world’s cultural stage by storm. – Wallpaper*

I just received my replacement October Wallpaper* issue with guest editor Philippe Starck’s translucent Evolution cover. This issue includes a special section called Norway Revealed, chronicling the country’s emerging contemporary design scene, cultural and inspiring destinations and creative outbursts of Norwegian designers on the international stage.


The inauguration of the Norwegian Opera House last year was just the tip of the iceberg of a huge regeneration project transforming Oslo’s former Bjørvika container port. Projects in line include Oslo’s new business district, a new national museum, a new Central Station, a new Deichman Library and a new Munch Museum. The new Holmenkollen Ski Jump will provide a great bird’s eye view of the harbour once completed in 2011. These projects reflect the country’s increasing design awareness, something that is truly exciting.



The Norwegian fjords and valleys not only bring national pride and a memorable experience to visitors, but is also apparently home to hundreds of small, family-run furniture companies with big ideas. Here are Georg Stokke’s Varier Furniture best known for its classic (and much copied) “Planet” chair of 1965; Stordal with its simple, functional and beautiful range of sofas, stools and tables; and Fora Form’s eye-catching range of Furniture including the Johan Verde-designed bright-red “Loop” armchair among others.


It also names Norway’s new generation of creative talents, including Petter Skogstad who created the “Hay” modular sofa which I love to have in my living room and rearrange the bale-sized pieces according to my mood.


The feature is capped with a four-page anthem of what’s interesting and hot in the country’s gastronomy, shopping, accommodation and attraction fronts, from the picturesque peninsular Ålesund (pictured) to the always vibrant Karl Johan Street.

There has never been a better time to visit Norway.

the natriot act, nate lowman


Mary-Kate Olsen was in Oslo 23rd of September for the opening of her boyfriend’s very first independent museum exhibition.

Oslo, Norway – The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art has the honour and privilege to be the first museum to present a solo exhibition of works by Nate Lowman (b. 1979). Lowman has, in the course of the last few years, distinguished himself as a significant international artist.

The art of Nate Lowman can best be described as personal narratives based on his reflections about the American art world in particular, and consumer and media society more generally. He is continuously rearranging the visual signifiers he encounters. Gathering raw materials for his art from the news, popular media and art history, he reconditions them through his own reading, thoughts and feelings. Speaking in first person, he invokes real-life stories and offers his own opinion about the people and events within them; fragments from the media and art historical references become equal constructional elements. As all narratives relate to time, notions of time and duration are thus major elements within Lowman’s work. The inclusion of imagery from different periods and contexts in many of his works open up nonlinear sequences of reading, inviting viewers’ to form an individual sense of temporality.

For this exhibition we are including significant early works such as ’The Young and the Restless’ (2004), ‘Peace Love O.J.’ (2005) and ‘Oil Rig Series’ (2005), as well as more recent works like ‘Smiley Face’ (2009) and ‘Act Natural’ (2009). A number of the works have not previously been exhibited. The selection includes sculpture, installations and wall collages.  Curators: Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hanne Beate Ueland and Grete Årbu.

Gonzo, 2009

Gonzo, 2009

Higher Powered, 2005

Higher Powered, 2005

Lump Sum, 2009

Lump Sum, 2009

The Natriot Act runs until 3rd January 2010 at the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo.

Artworks photo credit: the artist and Maccarone NYC

Nate & Mary-Kate photo credit: Liam McMullan/ Press/0811032049

snapshot sunday

At the Norwegian Opera House, post-Operakvarteret exhibition.

Snapshot Sunday at the Opera

I’m wearing Marc by Marc Jacobs top, Zara jacket, Denim Birds jeans, Zara ankle boots, LV Huntington sunglasses, LV Monogram Bequia PDV, and Inno Sotto Mondo Huit Eau Extreme.

hot ticket: lady gaga in oslo

Okay, well maybe I don’t have sex every day. But when my fans scream, it’s like a series of teeny tiny orgasms.

Lady Gaga, Sentrum Scene, Oslo, 30.07.09


This week was a big concert week for me and Knut. And for Oslo too, where last night Madonna, Lady Gaga and Metallica held their concerts all over the city at the same time.

After Tuesday’s unforgettable Madonna Sticky & Sweet Concert, we went to see Lady Gaga for the Oslo leg of her 2009 World Tour. The venue, Sentrum Scene, was packed with an estimated 1,700-strong audience. Knut and I have been eagearly awaiting Lady Gaga’s concert since we missed the first time she was in Oslo late last year. We found a good spot, not too close to the stage and quite elevated with a better view. The house was thundering as the crowd cheered on Lady Gaga’s name even before she started. The lights went down and a movie vignette called “Who Shot Candy Warhol” started rolling. This segued to Lady Gaga breaking into the opening song “Paparazzi” as she comes out of a box wearing a disco-ball inspired dress and a Venetian mask.

And what followed was an hour-long concert filled with an electrifying slew of monster hits such as “Just Dance” and “Love Game”, a motley series of fiercely fabulous costume changes, feverish audience engagement, a song dedicated to the gay boys of Norway (“Boys, Boys, Boys”, haha!), and the now trademark piano rendition of “Poker Face” (the other slow song she did was “Brown Eyes”), before climaxing into the album version of the Billboard-breaking hit where everyone just went gaga.










Here are some videos I’ve taken during the concert, courtesy of my kick-ass HD-quality video recording Panasonic DMC TZ7.

Lady Gaga – Paparazzi

Lady Gaga – Beautiful Dirty Rich

Lady Gaga – Just Dance

Lady Gaga – Poker Face on the piano, part 1

Lady Gaga – Poker Face on the piano, part 2

Lady Gaga – Poker Face

We love Lady Gaga!

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