Aurelia Gould

603 Flips | 12 Magazines | 1 Like | 13 Following | 43 Followers | @AureliaGould | travel journalist, translator, film buff, lover of the written word, of music and of all things vintage, '80s child, occasional flapper, Lindy hopper, thinker, dreamer, temporary alien

Founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad - The Real Story

Rural childhood<p>Ingvar Feodor Kamprad was born on 30 March 1926, on a small farm called Elmtaryd near the village of Agunnaryd, in the Swedish …

Five key furniture designs launched by IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad

With the news that IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad has died, here's a look at some of the most important pieces of furniture he commissioned, from the …

Why Sweden is close to becoming a cashless economy

<b>Sweden is the most cashless society on the planet, with barely 1% of the value of all payments made using coins or notes last year. So how did the Nordic nation get so far ahead of the rest of us?</b><p>Warm cinnamon buns are stacked next to mounds of freshly-baked sourdough bread at a neighbourhood …

The "Kitchenless" House: A Concept for the 21st Century

Architect Anna Puigjaner imagines a future in which housing is suited to the needs of its inhabitants. Sometimes that happens to mean not having a …

Meet Denmark's Prolific Designer Who Puts 'Soul' in Furniture

Hans Bølling is one of the most renowned and inspiring contemporary Danish designers. His career started back in the 1950s and even now, in his 80s, …

Furniture

The hardest karaoke song in the world: Iceland launches new tourism campaign

Iceland, the country known to many as home of “that volcano whose name I can’t pronounce”, is pretty good at playing to its quirks.<p>This week the country’s tourist board launched a new video campaign dubbed “The Hardest Karaoke Song in the World”, challenging tourists to get to grips with its …

European Travel

The ultimate guide to Athens, Greece

Athens is feeling feisty. It may be battling prolonged economic hardship and an unprecedented refugee crisis, but in terms of creativity, the Greek …

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

If the odds of finding one’s soul mate are so dreadfully dismal and the secret of lasting love is largely a matter of concession, is it any wonder that a growing number of people choose to go solo? The choice of solitude, of active aloneness, has relevance not only to romance but to all human bonds …

8 Ways to Sunday Like a Local in Downtown Athens - Greece Is

<b>Sunday</b> in Greece is largely a day of repose and a time for family get-togethers. For many employees it is their only day off work and so they like to</b> …

The secret taxonomy behind IKEA’s product names, from Billy to Poäng

Reading strange-sounding Swedish words is part of the joy of shopping at IKEA. Within the labyrinth of stylish flat pack furniture is a pänoply of ödd, åccented pröduct nämes, printed on hang tags, walls and banners. What most shoppers don’t know is that the names of those 12,000 products conform …

Nisyros: the cutest Greek island you've never heard of

Steam seeps from gaps in speckled stones. Neon-yellow sulphur shatters in the sunlight. A dusting of lemon sherbet and rose sugar powders the peaks. …

America's Insensitive Children?

Perhaps unlike their U.S. peers, kids in Denmark—where happiness levels are the highest on Earth—are taught in school to care for one another from a young age.<p>Contrary to popular belief, most people do care about the welfare of others.<p>From an evolutionary standpoint, empathy is a valuable impulse …

Penguin Random House

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

IT’S one of the things we are most afraid might happen to us. We go to great lengths to avoid it. And yet we do it all the same: We marry the wrong person.<p>Partly, it’s because we have a bewildering array of problems that emerge when we try to get close to others. We seem normal only to those who …

Relationships

Move Over, Marie Kondo: Make Room for the Hygge Hordes

As soothing as a video of a basket of baby sloths, and borne on a raft of lifestyle books, hygge is headed for your living room.<p>Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah, like a football cheer in a Scandinavian accent) is the Danish word for cozy. It is also a national manifesto, nay, an obsession expressed in the …

Top Design Cities of 2016 - SURFACE

Travel<p>This year, we looked at 10 places being transformed by new architectural projects and public spaces. Here is our guide to 2016's top design …

Architecture's "Political Compass": A Taxonomy of Emerging Architecture in One Diagram

<i>Observing the architectural landscape today it’s clear that the type of work which is currently ascendant, particularly among young practices, is</i> …

COBE's Frederiksvej Kindergarten is based on children's drawings

Each of the small house-like volumes that make up this Copenhagen kindergarten were designed by Danish firm COBE to look like caricatures of homes …

Competition: win a book detailing Copenhagen's architectural development

Dezeen has teamed up with Danish architecture firm COBE to give away three copies of a book that details Copenhagen's development from an industrial …

Denmark’s capital has reached a milestone in its journey to become a cycling city – there are now more bikes than cars on the streets. Can other cities follow?<p>Bicycle sensors in Copenhagen clocked a new record this month: there are now more bikes than cars in the heart of the city. In the last …

City Halls

Watch Bêka and Lemoine's "The Infinite Happiness" – a Documentary Film on BIG's "8 House"

<i>Update: following the screening period</i> The Infinite Happiness <i>is no longer available to watch on</i> ArchDaily. <i>The full collection of Bêka and Lemoine's</i> …

The Art of Design: The Best Danish Architecture

Ground-breaking, memorable architecture always makes a statement and divides opinion. With the opening of BLOX in Copenhagen later this Spring, …

The Copenhagen Post - Danish News in English

<b>Welfare society:</b> in Denmark’s welfare society, citizens enjoy a high level of protection against social and physical risk and benefit from a number …

Rethinking the Athens Apartment Building - Greece Is

Churches, ancient ruins, kiosks and sun-bleached awnings are just some of the typical sights that define <b>Athens</b>. But look around, and you’ll surely …

Copenhagen: ahead of the curve

Once I had decided to go to Copenhagen, conversations all went exactly the same way. 'Copenhagen? I'd love to go there. Never been. Did you watch <i>The</i> …

10 Amazing Design Shops in Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen - The Fox Is Black

My name is Lisa Congdon, and I’m a San Francisco artist and illustrator. I’ve long been obsessed with the Scandinavian aesthetic, and recently I …

Copenhagen Cool

Shortly after arriving in Copenhagen, I was commissioned by Image Interiors & Living to write a guide to buying design in the Danish capital. Here's …

121 Definitions of Architecture

There are at least as many definitions of architecture as there are architects or people who comment on the practice of it. While some embrace it as …

What’s Greek for Hygge? - Greece Is

Winter is coming in Greece, and this means it’s time to crack open the <i>rakomelo</i>.<p>Every now and then, a way of living from another culture enters the …

Religion without God: Alain de Botton on "atheism 2.0."

Why "is God real?" is the most boring question you can ask.<p>Alain de Botton is an author, philosopher, and founder of the School of Life, a London-based institute “devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture.”<p>De Botton, the author of several best-sellers, including <i>How</i> …

Religion

Athens Hidden Gems: 10 Unusual Things to See and Do | FarmBoy & CityGirl

For most tourists and world traveler, Athens rhymes with Acropolis. Who could visit the capital of Greece without visiting this ancient mountain …