Fuglen is not only a super cool coffee shop/cocktail bar with yummy drinks and the perfect chai latte but also a great venue to learn about Norwegian design. Their venue is furnished with great mid century pieces and decorated with ceramics and time period collectibles on shelves. Next door they have a showroom with vintage homeware pieces to purchase, all by Norwegian and Scandinavian designers.
Dedicated to the research and promotion of design, in 2013 Fuglen joined forces with Norwegian auction house Blomqvist to exhibit the most significant designers in Norwegian history. The Nordic Icons exhibition went on tour to Tokyo and New York City. If you missed it, a beautiful catalog was put together to document the collection. The catalog is still available online through Fuglen or the auction house and is a great addition to any design lover's library.
All of the pieces in the Nordic Icon exhibition were available for sale. Many of them can still be found through Fuglen or at auction at Blomqvist. There has been a growing interest in collecting Norwegian design as it stands apart from its Swedish and Danish neighbors. The more intricate designs especially are reaching a nice price on the market. A younger generation of designers are also looking back on their Norwegian roots to create contemporary design.
With an outpost in the trendy neighborhood of Shibuya in Tokyo since 2012, Fuglen has well established a growing international appreciation not only for Nordic and Scandinavian design but also quality beverages.
Many thanks to Monica for the recommendation and William for the drinks!