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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 2

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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 2

About the return of the Scandiwegians to their beautiful 19th Century cottage in Reigate Surrey England. We explain the decisions we took with bathrooms and flooring on a tight budget. Our Gingerbread House is a bit of a mix of styles that we call Victorian Cottage meets Scandinavian Modern, which may sound strange but we think works rather well.

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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 1

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The Scandiwegians Return to The Gingerbread Cottage Part 1

About the Scandiwegians return to their beloved house after nearly a year away while building work was carried out. In part one we discuss how the limited budget affected the build, especially the kitchen. Our Gingerbread House is a bit of a mix of styles that we call Victorian Cottage meets Scandinavian Modern, which may sound strange but we think works rather well.

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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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