Norsebox Spring 2017 Subscription Box Review

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Norsebox is a quarterly subscription box that brings handpicked Scandinavian-influenced household wares made by known designers. The subscription costs $54 per quarter + $15 shipping US ($32 to Canada and $60 to the UK), and each box follows a seasonal theme with the idea that the “boxes will progress around the home to give each room a fresh, Scandinavian update”. You’ll get 1-5 lifestyle and home goods that are valued for more than $70.

The dust from the squiggles was everywhere but fortunately the paper items were packed in plastic.

 The information card shows the item details and why they were selected for the box.
This quarter they had a nice history on Arne Jacobsen and his influence on the modernist movement – in particular his incorporation of organic shapes.
 

Everything in my Spring 2017 Norsebox!

?BLOMST?! This print showcases one of Jacobsen’s iconic floral designs. It added a nice pop of color to this all gray box. I didn’t realize until I read the information card that this postcard was supposed to be a print. They didn’t assign a value to it on the card so I wasn’t worried about it.
 

Design Letters Weekly Planner ($15) This weekly to do pad is a straight up homage to Jacobsen’s typography (which is noted on every page).

 The pad itself doesn’t note how many sheets, but it does note that it’s on 100g paper – which is thick and heavy weight.
There are plenty of sheets and there’s much to love, including the fact that it’s undated, extremely functional, and will withstand the abuse of being the main kitchen counter planner. We were happy with this pick!
 
Design Letters Small “Flowers” Notebook ($7) The cover on this petite 14×9 cm (about 5.5×3.5 inch) notebook is one of the 1940s designs discussed on the info card!
There’s room inside the front cover to personalize it, and every page is this creamy blank heavyweight paper.
The two stationery items were extremely high quality and I felt that the curation was purposeful and specific with the choices.
Muuto Silent Vase ($69) Hello, hero item! In keeping with the floral theme, this beautiful gray ombre vase was included. I noted on the bottom of the box that it’s also made in a muted florist green, a rose pink, and clear. I’m not sure if color variations were sent out, but you can see them all on the maker’s website by selecting the different color options.
Making use of simplicity and timeless design, SILENT keeps the vase’s shape firmly in focus. Produced with 100% handmade and mouth blown glass, this high quality accessory comes in various colours that can be mixed to create new displays whether in the home or office.
 I was thrilled to get another hand-blown object from this subscription! It’s absolutely stunning, fits perfectly with my decor, and is gorgeous whether or not you display it with flowers or other foliage.

Andreas Engesvik on the design: “Silent is about reducing a vase to it’s most simple expression. It is the shape of the vase that is in focus and adds character to the vase. The serene design gives you a timeless vase – that is 100% hand made.”

I think there’s a multitude of ways a vase can be reduced to its simplest expression but this interpretation is a winner.

I loved this quarter of Norsebox! I thought the two subthemes were great and I particularly loved the mini excursion into Jacobsen’s design. Plus, Norsebox finally got out of the kitchen and moved on to a different room.  I think this subscription is perfect quarterly as it really allows the curators to be super thoughtful with their selections.  I put all the items into use right away – and began to long immediately for SOMMAR!

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