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VANSKELIG VEI UT FOR NORSKE DESIGNPRODUKTER

Over halvparten så dyre priser. Inaktive agenter og uholdbare leveringstider. Det er vanskelig for Christoper Sharpe og Terje Arnesen å kjøpe inn norske designprodukter til interiørbutikken Norden Living i San Francisco. De har derimot mange danske.

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Heath Ceramics + Scandinavian design a natural fit

Bold, saturated blues are having a moment in Scandinavian design, but design experts versed in the traditionally timeless aesthetic are wary to call it a trend. “Scandinavians always favor a lot of blue in their homes,” says Christopher Sharpe, an architect from Denmark and co-owner of Norden Living in San Francisco’s Mission District.

“It looks great against all the white and light woods,” adds his business partner Terje Arnesen, a Norwegian-born interior designer whose Bay Area clients come into the shop for anything from one conversation piece to a full-on remodel.

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Business Briefs: Store furnishes the Bay Area with Nordic designs

At their Scandinavian furnishings store Norden Living , Terje Arnesenand Christopher Sharpe showcase contemporary designers who have put their own twist on classic styles from their native Nordic region.

All of the furniture, lighting, and home accessories they carry come from companies based in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Many of the items aren't sold anywhere else in the Bay Area.

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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.

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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.