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A collaboration between students from 2nd year Lifestyle en Design/ Willem de Kooning Academy.

Text of NORD MAGAZINE

  • The way

    you move

    is a

    mysTery

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  • Foreword

    Norway

    Interview Birgit Toke Tauke Frietman

    Edito Products

    The true Nord utopia style at Antwerp

    Streetstyle

    Layer app

    Vehemence Evolution

    Merging two different worlds

    Breathless

    Scandinavian Architecture

    Con Structure

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    11 - 15 16 - 25 28 - 41 42 - 43 44 - 61 62 - 63 66 - 73 74 - 79 80 - 93

  • We proudly present our editio princeps of the Nord Magazine. What started for me as a

    fascination for the Scandinavian countries, eventually flowed into this brand new magazine.

    As a team we settle the utopian dream of a Nordic trend and our vision on it in the

    hope it will inspires you just like it inspires us. Especially the calmness and the balance in

    life is at the centre stage in our magazine. To our opinion we dont linger over the small

    beautiful things in live enough. The admiration for natural elements, materials and handcraft

    is something we want to excite. In fact, the distance between humans and animals is not

    that big or rather we strengthen each other in some aspects.

    Four years ago I discovered the special qualities of the North during my vacation in Norway.

    There I stayed with my family in a Nordic hut. Between the green grass the icy coldness

    ooze through the hut. The roof of the hut was covered with moss which proves a good

    insulation. This kind of nature kept us warm. Also the electricity me and my family used

    was totally generated by hydropower. On the other hand, the amount of fish in that area

    was kept in balance by the fisherman. So, the nature and the self-sufficient population is

    balanced. Also prominent is the fact that within the cities the government try to keep the

    city, population and the nature balanced to provide a sustainable and livable climate.

    With this magazine we try to give a picture of a new elementary perception of the environment

    and give the reader the opportunity to seclude oneself from the world and hold on the great

    admiration for the small restful moments.

    - Editor Nina van den Broek

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  • B Birgit Toke Tauke Frietman

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  • I'm Birgit Toke Tauke Frietman, 19 years old and I have

    been living for a year and a half in London. I study at

    Central Saint Martins for Jewellery Design. My style is

    mainly about simplicity. Therefore I keep the designs

    minimalistic and clean. Besides this I focus on the quality

    of the materials.

    When it comes to experiences; there were a few events

    that were remarkable. For example; I lived in Africa

    (Malawi), which had a big influence on my view of society.

    The insights I gained here really had an impact on my

    work.

    Another experience was moving to London. This was of

    course a big step for me. Its wonderful to live in a city

    where every day new exhibitions opens and were there

    are many different cultures. This results in the fact that no

    day passes by without experiencing something.

    Study at Central Saint Martins was a dream that came

    true, but is still a littlebit unreal. Especially the personal

    contact with designers and artists as Caroline Broadhead,

    Jane Freud, and Naomi Filmer, make it very special.

    My last experiences had definitely the biggest impact on

    me. This was my internship were I worked 2 months for

    Iris van Herpen. I can say Ive never learned so much in

    such a short period.

    Another experience was to be part of the haute couture

    fashion week in Paris. Im very grateful I had the opportunity

    to be there.

    WhAT ArE yOur INSPIrATION SOurCES FOr yOur WOrk Or WhICh ArTISTS dO yOu FINd INSPIrATIONAL?

    Most of my work is related with social issues, but though

    this often the main subject, I also include other topics

    into my work. For example some of my past project were

    about water, albinism, distortion, movies and mankind

    itself. A few artists which I find inspirational are Marina

    Abramovitch, Iris van herpen, Caroline Broadhead, david

    rouix Fouillet, Alex Ebert.

    CrAFTMANShIP IS IMPOrTANT FOr yOu, Why? yes, I think its important because craftmanship forms

    the basis and starting point for every design. If you dont

    control your handwork and technics, it becomes hard to

    create a good product. In particular when youre working

    in an environment with many designers.

    TO WhAT ExTENT hAd ThE INTErNShIP AT IrIS VAN hErPEN INFLuENCEd yOur OWN STyLE?

    I think the internship hasnt really an influence on my own

    style but it has given me a lot of other things. For example,

    I got the chance to look at the real haute couture world

    and I learned a lot about, for me, new materials as new

    kind of woods and metals.

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  • dO yOu hAVE, BESIdES yOur SChOOLWOrk, A jOB Or ASSIST ANy OThEr STyLISTS Or PhOTOgrAPhErS?

    yes I do an internship at a fashion jewellery studio called

    john & Pearl.

    WhAT IS yOur WEEk FOrMAT Or hOW dOES A dAy LOOk LIkE?

    Every week is different for me. But an average school

    week looks like this:

    Monday - Cultural Studies or art history. In the morning we

    always have a presentation in the Lecture hall and in the

    afternoon a seminar where the students discuss the topic

    with your seminar group.

    Tuesday - Workshop day, which means that the students

    work on their designs in the workplace.

    Wednesday - In the morning we usually have a one-to-

    one conversations with the teachers and in the afternoon

    we get a guest lecture of a well known jeweler or relevant

    artist.

    Thursday - Workshop day.

    Friday - Friday is a day in which new projects are introduced,

    and the student usually have usually an assessment or

    end presentation.

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  • IN ThE FIELd OF MATErIAL uSE, WhAT dO yOu PrEFEr ANd Why? ANd dO yOu ALSO PAy ATTENTION TO ThE OrIgIN?

    Presently Im still very much experimenting with material

    and I still dont really have a preference. yes, I am very

    busy with the origin. Ive learned from david rouix Fouillet

    (a jewelry designer) that you first need to have knowhow

    of a product or material before you can work surprisingly

    with it. So you always do research where products come

    from.

    WhErE WOuLd yOu LIkE TO SEE yOur jEWELry BACk?

    Of course it would be wonderful for me to see them back

    in a big magazine like vogue or i-d for example. In terms

    of shops it is trickier, but I would like to cooperate with

    ACNE. Besides that, I think that film and moving images is

    a very interesting media. So, it depends on the direction I

    choose after my third academic year.

    Our MAgAzINE FOCuSES ON ThE NOrdIC STyLE, SCANdINAVIAN COuNTrIES ANd INFLuENCES. hOW WOuLd yOu dESCrIBE ThIS STyLE ANd dO yOu ThINk yOur jEWELry INCLudES Or rELATES WITh IT?

    When I think about the Nordic style, I think in terms of

    fashion that characterized the simplicity and the powerful

    style. No inexplicable bits and pieces. Beautiful materials

    and well structured designs. - I realize now that this

    style probably describes mine as well, because I see

    many associates. I also always look for this kind of style,

    minimalized, basic but original. But maybe my description

    is totally wrong. In terms of jewelry I still dont know the

    Scandinavian style good enough.

    hOW dOES yOur WOrkPLACE LOOk LIkE? At school I have a typical jewelers Workbench and I sit

    next to a window with a nice view on regents Canal. At

    home I have a workingtable and a few pictures on the wall

    which inspire me. unfortunately I have no photos, but this

    video of my school building gives you a tour around the

    school building.

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  • hOW dO yOu dESCrIBE ThE PrOCESS OF yOur WOrk ANd WhAT IS ThE FOrMAT? WhErE dO yOu STArT ANd FINISh?

    I start with something I notice. For example, the reflection

    of a building in water was the starting point for my last

    project. Then I tried to examine different elements of this

    inspiration source. By doing this I create new thoughts

    and a better idea of the direction of your project. I also do

    a lot in terms of materials research. In fact, we get an entire

    period to do experiments. Also doing research is helpful to

    form ideas. After I decided the direction of my concept I

    search for the best implementation. I really want to find

    something special with my material experiments. For my

    last project I found a sort acrylic that reflects on both sides

    but also transparent. This fits perfect in my concept. After

    determining the materials the execution begins. At that

    time you make models and make your first tryouts. By

    doing this I mostly find the best techniques. Eventually I

    start to model the end work. ultimately, the real ornament

    is put on as the finishing act.

    . dId yOur WOrk AFFECT yOur SOCIAL LIFE? yes, school requires a lot of me. I have lessons every day

    from 10AM to 5PM. Especially the evenings costs a lot of

    energy. I work from 7PM to 12PM on my school projects.

    In the weekend I never have a moment to repose and it is

    also difficult to do something comprehensive. Fortunately

    the jewellery sector works on socializing so that will

    keep your way through your social life still cons

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