FUGLEN – translated “the bird” – is a multi-concept space with locations in Oslo and Tokyo. FUGLEN serves as a coffee and cocktail bar, in addition to showcasing Scandinavian design from the 50s and 60s.
With everything in the store for sale, FUGLEN’s interior is carefully selected and staged by co-owner Peppe Trulsen. Having a real sense of place, the walls radiate history and identity, telling the tale of the changes within Scandinavian design around the 60s. As a reaction against the cold modernist style, Scandinavian designers traveled to Japan, exploring its natural and simple esthetic. With original 1952 Biri-straw wallpaper, extensive use of wood, boxes and fittings FUGLEN clearly shows traces of this movement. The senior curator at the Norwegian National Museum, Widar Halen, has declared FUGLEN a cultural heritage site, as a unique remaining of Japanese influence in Scandinavian Design.