Close your eyes. Now, imagine you have just entered a whimsical universe, colors and objects made a volte-face from their intended purpose to be turned into unique art pieces and light fixtures. From the door, aluminum seats and spinning painting frames give you a taste of what’s to come!
I feel as if I have entered a giant Matrioshka (Russian Dolls) house, – You see the first thing, then within it another wonder, and the more you look, the more you discover.
“This is Interior design by accident! ” laughs Isa as she guides me to the kitchen, On the wall, a giant air vent up-cycled from a construction site and installed by Henrik looks ready to perform its mission dutifully.
I cannot resist the urge to go on exploring, while a playful Henrik uncovers the many secrets of their home/Showroom. For a moment I forget we are here to cook as I open the sliding doors painted in cleverly contrasting colors.
This in interior design by accident!
I’m suddenly reminded of my mission to capture their recipe as I find myself switching endlessly on and off a desk lamp made from a can of tomato puree placed peacefully next to a tiny oil dispenser brought back from a trip in Africa. I return to the kitchen where the laughters are already well under way.
I sip a delicate green tea in a glass cup. On the fridge a collection of globes of different sizes, giving a sense of travelling while standing still. Isa & Henrik work in unison, One is cutting the chili & while the other is fileing the salmon, they complete each others sentences and explain more about the house!
“When we moved in, there was no bathroom, no kitchen – it was a permission to create!”
“We took it as an authorization to act freely, no need to respect any original intent and this place is to this day our open canvas. We took everything out and made it our own, using “high end” trash as the raw material. Find out more about their amazing Treash design story here!
The loft is inspired from Bauhaus Weimar 1919 & the Dessau School from the 20’s.” Along the years , they organized the space and the furniture in elegant mismatch, it would take an interior designer months to recreate the organized chaos they meticulously put together. The object are grouped in a meaningless bliss and in total disharmony with the classic Nordic vibe you find in so many houses.
Nordic Ceviche & Early Spring Salad
ABOUT THE RECIPE:
I got this recipe from BasBas‘ Nicky; when I asked him what he ate when he was hungry and needed a quick fix, he immediately responded, A Rice salad & Nordic Salmon ceviche. This dish is good cold or warm and can be put together in a matter of minutes.
For the Early Spring Salad:
- 4 dl rice,
- Chopped mint
- 4 Celery stalks without the leaves
- The juice of 1 large lemon (adjust to taste)
- 1 Cup frozen peas
- Salt & pepper
- Olive oil
For the Quick Nordic Ceviche:
- 400 g Fresh Salmon, skinned & de-boned
- 1 small red chili (optional: de-seeded)
- a handful of cilantro , chopped roughly
- 1 or 2 lemons juiced
- 2 generous pinches of Fleur de Sel
- For the Early Spring Salad
- Put the rice in a large cooking pot, add water and boil like you would pasta. Once cooked drain the water and leave the rice on the side in a large bowl
- Add the frozen peas, sliced celery and mint
- Season with lemon, salt and pepper and adjust to taste
- You can reuse the leaves with other greens in the fridge with some garlic,
- For the Ceviche
- Dice the fish and place in a large serving bowl
- Add the lemon, spices, chopped chili and cilantro (only remove the seeds of the chili if you don’t want it to be too spicy)
- reserve for a few minutes, taste & adjust seasoning
One could spend hours in here, getting lost in the humorous and colorful mind of its inhabitants and their divagation of the mind but it is soon time to return to reality. I leave Isa’s and Henrik’s Nested Home with a sense of discovery, bewilderment, ready to discover the next wonder food and otherwise.
With Love, Galith & Ofer