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The Scandiwegians Become Excluded

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The Scandiwegians Become Excluded

When I moved to the UK ten years ago, I studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Straight after graduating, I got work as a technician, installing and maintaining the fibre optics used to broadcast sports events, primarily English Premier League football matches. It was good to travel all around the country (and even overseas) but it meant a lot of time away, and working outside in all weathers, often in cramped and dirty conditions - we are often called to repair cables that have been chewed through by rats! Meanwhile Corinna commuted every day into London's financial district to work as an...

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The Scandiwegians Become Cellar Dwellers

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The Scandiwegians Become Cellar Dwellers

And how we ended up taking our product photos in a very unusual spot! The Scandiwegians live in a beautiful 150 year old cottage and we absolutely love it. But it had some big disadvantages - it was very small, rather dark, ridiculously draughty and, most inconvenient of all, the staircase was so narrow and winding that we couldn't get furniture upstairs! To get furniture in or out of the upstairs rooms we had to remove the windows including the frames and hoist things through the first floor windows, which wasn't exactly practical.  So we saved and saved and saved and when...

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 2

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 2

During the 1960s and 1970s there was still a mass manufacturing industry in Northern Europe and the latest cutting edge designs began to be incorporated into everyday household goods. These new styles were often the work of graduates of the region's most prestigious art & design schools. Where once these avant garde designs would have been the preserve of the rich and privileged, now they could be bought on the high street and were within the reach of the masses.  To use a wonderful phrase that completely captures this trend, there was a democratisation of design.  Take the example of J&G Meakin and...

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 1

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The Democratisation of Design in Northern Europe - Part 1

The 1950s-70s was a time of unparalleled creativity in Northern Europe. The war was over and there was an understandable sense of relief that turned into optimism and hope for a better future. The war had changed things. Huge social and cultural changes took place in the 1960s which, combined with technological advances and increased wealth & leisure time lead to a consumer boom. These were unprecedented times and they led to a surge of artistic creativity.

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An Unusual Journey Home - Part 4: Denmark to the UK

An Unusual Journey Home - Part 4: Denmark to the UK

We left on a Sunday morning and the drive southwards towards the German border was relatively normal. We had seen that the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, that we would normally drive through, was Germany's worst affected so we were keen to fill up on petrol on the Danish side of the border, but other than that things seemed little different to usual. We had been expecting that Germany might man its own side of the border in response to Denmark's action, but there was no visible presence as we drove into Germany. The Danish border was on Corinna's side...

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