A taste of Scandinavia comes West with the opening of Norden Living’s new showroom in the Mission. Longtime San Franciscans and natives of Denmark and Norway, respectively, Christopher Sharpe and Terje Arnesen have scoured the Stockholm Design and Lighting Fair for the past three years, sourcing a curated selection of designers and manufacturers who create timeless pieces that fit right into the laid-back California lifestyle. Think furniture, lighting, and accessories that reflect a fresh, modern approach to classic styles. We’ve got our eyes on the Dancing Pendant, a fanciful felt cone pendant that’s pleated to perfection and made mostly out of recycled soda and water bottles, and the simple but sleek Tailor Sofa, which looks gorgeous from every angle.
Given their backgrounds, Sharpe and Arnesen said they wanted to open a shop with a contemporary Scandinavian aesthetic. "What we are doing here is something we both had a big passion for," said Arnesen.
Norden Living's inventory was created by designers from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Customers may recognize items by Snøhetta, the architecture firm behind the redesigned SFMOMA.
Norden Living showcases many items that its owners say reflect San Francisco's laid-back interior style, as well as smaller pieces like a two-seater sofa or lounge chairs that are ideal for city apartments.
Although the partners are well-versed in Scandinavian design, some of the items they carry are the results of serendipity: "I bought a blanket at the Oslo airport, thought it was great, and then we found out they are made in Northern Norway," said Arnesen, "so we stared carrying them."