Last year, I spent time working in Oslo, Norway. When I had a few hours to myself, I popped into Lush Dive, a highly recommended stationery store in Grünerløkka, a very walkable and interesting part of the city.
Lush Dive is a cosy store on the bottom floor of an orange building. As with all good stationery stores, it features a glass frontage for people to peer in at all of the goodness inside.
There are Field Notes (a good range with a couple of limited editions, including some gorgeous Two Rivers editions), Write Notepads that are sold out in the UK (I noticed the Telegraph and Chesapeake editions), the Word. notebooks Firework Edition that I hadn’t even seen on the internet or in the UK, and Scout Notebooks (a brand I’m aware of from various Facebook pages but again, that I haven’t seen sold anywhere in the UK), and individual and boxed Blackwings.
This is all alongside some more accessible but high quality offerings including Life Stationery, Kaweco, Lamy, Iconic, Public Supply, Leuchhturm1917 and Magma Sketchbooks. I noticed that Hobonichi was listed on the store window amongst other brands in stock, so I bet Lush Dive’s diary selection in December is great.
The store is a one-room affair with goodies on every surface. As you walk in on the right there are shelves of paper goods generally organised by brand with some colour co-ordination. A variety of the most beautiful greetings cards, many by Hello Lucky, decorate one corner of the store.
Floating tables in the middle of the store show off some beautiful wares. I spotted leather pen rolls and pencilcases, hardback sketchbooks, traditional composition books, writing paper, gorgeous y.studio products, leather notebook covers and more.
On the left side of the store is the pencil wall. Jars of pencils stand tall inviting you to take a look. There is a wonderful selection mostly comprising Japanese and American pencils – I noticed Mitsubishis, Camels, Tombows, Blackwings, Ticonderogas, Write Notepads pencils, and Golden Bears, amongst others such as Caran d’Ache. There are also jars of mechanical pencils and everyday pens (Hi Tec Cs, biros, etc). At the bottom of this selection there are some other writing materials: sets of brush pens, fineliners and markers for the more artistically minded. A small testing drawer full of pens and pencils is available too.
I had a good chat with the owner about some of the products in the store and our general love of stationery. I noticed a Kingsley stamping machine for foil stamping and embossing in the back room – apparently experiments are underway, but I expect that bespoke embossed goods will be on sale soon.
Although I didn’t specifically notice any Norwegian products, I was drawn to the P.A.P Sweden leather accessories I noticed in the store. Ah the Scandinavian aesthetic. How pleasing it is. As I felt the leather in my hands and opened the pen rolls, I couldn’t leave without one.
I also got myself some pencils, that I didn’t have in my collection already. I had a Camel HB, but not in this combination of barrel/eraser colour. I hear from the Erasable Podcast Facebook Community that the Ticonderoga Groove can be hard to come by, so to find it in Oslo is a result. It’s a pencil aimed at helping the writer (a young writer, I assume) to grip the pencil properly with its combination of triangular barrel and grooves in the wood. I haven’t used it yet, but I hear it writes well.
I highly recommend a stop at Lush Dive if you happen to find yourself in Oslo. You could come to this shop and deck yourself out with a high-quality version of every stationery item you need I found a great range of brands and items and some very beautiful, more luxury items on offer. The store is compact, well laid-out and I really enjoy that some stationery acts as wall decoration (some vintage Rhodia paper for example). Their Instagram is seriously cool, too.