anna brones

writer + artist + producer

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View From Above

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Denmark from above

Denmark from above

I love that moment right before a plane’s descent where you have a clear view of everything underneath you and what you’re about to experience. The feeling is a blend of excitement and anticipation if you’re headed somewhere new; happiness to come home and sadness to leave where you’ve been if you’re on the return.

This photo was taken last week flying over Denmark on my way to Sweden. The clouds and water were hit with sunshine in such a way that made the landscape look almost unreal. Impressive what one can shoot just out of an airplane window.

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September 23, 2009 at 00:33

Organic Designs From Danish Ferm LIVING

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Danish based design group Ferm LIVING just released their spring 09 catalog and there are some intriguing organic designs.

towels

Printed on 100% organic cotton, these tea towels scream nature. And bicycles. Both things that I love.

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Language ponderings

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I’m getting interviewed for NPR show The World tomorrow, all because of this post about IKEA that I wrote for Gadling a few weeks ago. Basically IKEA has a pretty complex system for naming things. For example, sofas and coffee tables are named after places in Sweden while wardrobes and hall furniture are after Norwegian locations. I am getting interviewed to talk about the Swedish language and different translations of things.
In regards to IKEA, Danes recently went into an uproar about the “mocking” nature of the store in only naming items like doormats after Danish places. Apparently doormats and carpets are considered “lesser” furniture after cooler and hipper things like couches. So what do the Danes do? Call IKEA’s system of naming their products a new form of cultural imperialism. Seriously.

This brings me back to the issues of foreign language and language in general. Most non-Scandinavian language speakers probably never put a thought into what their IKEA bed’s name really meant. Or the spice containers for that matter. But to the Scandinavian community, these names are cute, quirky, and, in the case of Denmark, symbolic of cultural frustration.

Language has many purposes. We use it to communicate, but we also use it to associate with certain cultures, traditions and societies. So for the Danes, IKEA using Danish places to name un-cool things like doormats hits a soft spot. It might sound ridiculous, but then again, you’ve never gotten in a room full of nationalistic Scandinavians.

Written by Anna Brones

February 28, 2008 at 11:58

Posted in Bike Love, Portfolio

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