Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal

January 13, 2016

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

In this fast-paced digital world of ours, there’s something special about curling up with a mug of coffee and some good old-fashioned printed pages. I love taking a little bit of time out on a busy day to pore over some of the beautiful independent magazines which have sprung up in recent years – Cereal, Another Escape, Open House, Lodestars Anthology, Kinfolk…. There’s something tangible and timeless about them, and diving into the latest volume always feels like a treat.

Now I have another title to add to my list of favourites: Oak – The Nordic Journal, which was sent to me by the lovely people at Tokola (who handle its wholesale distribution here in the UK). Written in English and published bi-annually, it’s a beautifully curated tome that explores Nordic food, travel, lifestyle, interiors and more. In short, it’s right up my street!

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

The current issue (volume four) focuses on the long Nordic winter, and every page captured my imagination. Through the various features and photo essays, I journeyed across the frozen landscapes of Svalbard, met an artists’ collective in easternmost Iceland, delved into the renewed popularity of winter swimming, and explored seasonal Scandinavian vegetables and their uses. I particularly enjoyed a piece on the yearning within many of us to swap urban life for a few days in the wild, which seemed to echo my own need to escape my screen every now and then.

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

There was also an interview with Nina Persson of The Cardigans, a look at the stories behind the culinary creations of five renowned Danish chefs, and a spread about calming interiors schemes designed for quiet contemplation. What’s more, hidden within the covers I found the Oak Design Directory, with page upon page of Nordic brands to discover.

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

It was perfect reading for a lazy weekend morning, and I lost hours savouring the inspiring photography and thoughtful words. I can’t wait to see what delights await in volume five when it’s published in spring…

Review | Oak – The Nordic Journal | These Four Walls blog

Volume four of Oak – The Nordic Journal is available now, and you can order a copy from S2 20.

Photography by Abi Dare

Tokola kindly provided a copy of Oak – The Nordic Journal for the purpose of this review, but all words and opinions are my own.

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