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It's happening 7/7! Reno are you ready?!

Written by Annika Caldwell

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Posted on June 26 2018

We can't believe we are less than two weeks away from opening our first store!! We have been working hard in the past weeks to make our dream of a small Scandinavian design store become a reality! We are feeling beyond excited! NØRDIK will make its brick and mortar debut in "The Basement" of the historic US Postal building located in the Riverwalk district at 50 S. Virginia St on 7 July!

When we came across the opportunity to open our shop in "The Basement" we felt it was meant to be! The Basement is such a unique location for NØRDIK to make its start! Built between 1932 and 1934, the Reno Post Office building brought classical architecture unique Art Deco design to Reno in a big way. Local architect Frederic J. Delongchamps designed it and incorporated lavish decorative details and materials. He used pale green terra cotta on the exterior, black Georgia marble on the interior walls and he integrated elaborate and elegant case aluminum details throughout the building. It is fitting that we are able to offer award-winning, iconic, yet everyday Scandinavian designs from Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino Aalto dating back to 1932 and 1936! Alvar and Aino Aalto, both architects and designers, were the Finnish design power couple, and we are proud to offer their world-famous Savoy vases ("Aalto vase") and Aino Aalto ("Aalto glasses") glassware.

reno post office

The building served as the main post office in Reno until 1975 and was added to the National Register of History Places in 1990. The building was purchases in 2012 by the local development group, 50 South Virginia, who renovated and revived the building to its formal glory, including its historic skylit atrium.

nordik store the basement reno

The Basement opened with a rich mix of retail and dining shops and was joined in 2016 by West Elm on the ground floor. We are grateful for how we have been received so far and proud to be part of such an amazing, creative and hard-working small-business community calling The Basement home! You can tour the building virtually and watch the video about the history and the revival of the building here! You can also visit The Basement website here.

the basement reno nordik design store

We are thrilled to be able to introduce and share products that are carefully curated to honor the craftsmanship of the selected brands and designs, and share our passion for sustainable Scandinavian design! Our brands include Lapuan Kankurit, Aarikka, Kalevala Jewelry, Iittala, Arabia 1873, Kauniste, Aapiste and Rörstrand. Recently, we became the exclusive US vendor for Teemu Järvi Illustrations!

teemu järvi prints wall nordik store reno

We are off to Finland for a quick trip and when we come back its show time! Those of you living in the Reno-Tahoe area, we look forward to seeing you on 7 July to celebrate arrival of the best in Scandinavian design to the Biggest Little City in the West!

teemu järvi products nordik store

There is a story behind every design at NØRDIK! 

Annika & Scott

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