Back and forth. My hand glides against the smooth wood. My fingertips trace the grain of the beautifully sanded surface. Back and forth. I am lost in the softness of the wood. “We’re just making furniture. Not saving lives”, Kasper says with a laugh. Sitting straighter in my chair I look up. Realizing I had… Read More Danish Chairs: A Story of Stubbornness and Design
What is Hygge? Hygge is a Danish word used to describe a feeling or moment of coziness. As a foreigner, especially an American, coming to Denmark this is an intriguing concept. Having exploded in popularity around the world, the concept of hygge is even more intriguing in the vagueness it carries as there is no… Read More Hygge: A Foreign Designer’s Perspective
One of my favorite classes this semester is New Nordic Design. Taught by the lovely Birgitte Borup, also known as BB, the class talks about design in Scandinavia. Looking through different lenses you learn about a variety of aspects of design, including architecture, furniture literature film, and food. This is a great class for anyone… Read More New Nordic Design: Why you should take this class
It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything from my sketchbook so here it is! I spent two days in Poland. One day was dedicated to visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau and the other I spent walking around Krakow, Poland. I would highly encourage you visit this place, it is a beautifully preserved city with lots to see.… Read More Journal Entry #4
One of my favorite things while living with my host family has been Wednesday dinners! Each week my host dad’s parents come over for the afternoon and cook a traditional Danish dinner. Over the weeks I have learned to associate “traditional Danish dinner” with meat, potatoes, and “brown sauce”. Two weeks ago I went… Read More Crebinettes: The Recipe!
1. Typical Life You get a better day to day understanding of typical family life in another country. If you have host sibling you can see what it’s like to be a kid. What kind of activities they do, where they go to school, what kind of things they like to do. 2. Traditional food!… Read More 13 Reasons to Live in a Homestay
Everyone says that studying abroad is different than studying at home. Not only are you in a new country but the classes and professors are different. One question that comes up a lot is what is an average day in class like? An average day in a studio course (at least for design core courses)… Read More Typical Day in Class?
From my observations it seems that Easter is a very important holiday in Denmark. The supermarkets are packed with Easter baskets. The chocolate shops are all advertising egg shaped products. It seems that most family’s will have a nice lunch planned with friends and family. This isn’t too atypical from my experience in America, but… Read More Easter Abroad: Danish Valentines
Located in Älmhult, Sweden is the epicenter of all things Ikea. This small town boasts the home of the original Ikea store, which opened in 1943. Now the town is home to the official Ikea museum, which is located in the original store. Along with the Ikea hotel, Ikea test lab, Ikea corporate office. A… Read More Älmhult, Sweden: An Ikea Experience
We recently turned in our first official paper for my travel writing class. The assignment was to write about a recent trip or experience we have had in the first two months while abroad. We needed to focus on describing the people we met and places we visited. I decided to write about a trip… Read More 48 hours. 16 miles. 251 steps.