The New Nordic
By Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, with Allison Kaplan, Jennifer Blaise Kramer, and Amy Boxrud
Photographs by Stephanie Colgan, Katherine Harris, and Steve Henke
AS A NEW NORDIC TREND SWEEPS THE GLOBE, designers, chefs, and stylistas are looking to Scandinavia for inspiration. And Minnesota—home to Ole and Lena and a couple million people who claim Nordic roots—is probably the best place in the United States to experience the evolution that has bloggers blogging, pinners pinning, and editors curating. The clean design, non-fussy patterns, textures, flavors, and traditions we’re so familiar with are being pushed from our comfort zone to the cutting edge. It’s happening at new restaurants such as The Bachelor Farmer and Fika, where all of these elements come together to create something that’s uniquely modern—and uniquely ours.
Watch out, Minnesota: Our chefs are making pilgrimages to a restaurant known for tableside bone sawing.
Hop on the New Nordic bandwagon and explore our thriving Scandinavian scene.
The best places in town to shop for Nordic eats.
Denmark has long been a hotbed for modern design, and the style known as Danish Modern is all about vintage wood furniture with minimalist lines.
The Twin Cities is serving up some of the finest, most cutting-edge Scandinavian cuisine, but Minnesotans still love a classic—and a good deal.
Yes, that was probably a “Thor!” you just heard shouted out on the playground.
Nordic style finds from our own cool backyard.