• Michelle Johnson

Tempus 72: How Norway's dramatic landscapes are inspiring the world's most exciting buildings

Updated: Jun 14, 2021

Our first issue of Tempus of 2021 is a celebration of the world's most exciting design and architecture. In our cover story, we take a tour of Norway's untamed landscapes that are the inspiration behind Snøhetta designer Kjetil Trædal Thorsen.

Read my editor's letter in full, below:

"Is it just me, or has this been the longest January on record? Already, 2021 is shaping up to be another eventful year, from the UK’s Brexit deal coming into play to the US presidential inauguration – and all while we continue to roll out vaccinations against Covid-19 amid another national lockdown.

No, it has not been the rush back to normal that many had hoped for but, if anything, this slower move back towards to what-once-was is proof that something seismic has changed in our communities and our outlooks.

Even as we put the finishing touches on this, our first issue of 2021, it is clear to the team at Tempus that the world of luxury has no intention of losing its new, personal focus. Because that is what we now demand.

Authenticity and storytelling have become the buzzwords of the season but, as we have delved deeper into the emerging trends and fabulous launches that you will find in these pages, we have discovered a real and enduring connection between the exterior quality of the things we want and how that affects our internal wellbeing. Simply put, the material is becoming spiritual. Apollonia Poilâne – owner of Paris’s most famous bakery – encapsulated that feeling perfectly in our interview. “My job is to feed people both body and soul,” she says.

With that ethos as our inspiration, we have brought together the trends and expertise that will inspire you from the outside in, whether you’re making plans for your dream paradise island getaway or ocean adventure later this year, upgrading your supercar transport for leisure drives or transforming your interior world to add tactile comfort and contemporary style to your home.

The inimitable designer Dame Zandra Rhodes also adds a splash of colour to our bedtime routines as she tells us all about her new collaboration with Savoir. In our exclusive cover story, too, we speak to celebrated Norwegian architect Kjetil Trædal Thorsen (founder of Snøhetta) about how the country’s Viking sagas and wild landscapes have inspired his architectural style – one that aims to enhance our experience of nature – from the glass-fronted Reindeer Pavilion in Dovrefjell–Sunndalsfjella National Park, to his submerged restaurant concept Under, which graces our front cover. Take a thought-provoking tour of Thorsen’s Norway.

Elsewhere, we explore the physical and mental health benefits of martial arts, the multi-sensory delights of unique fragrances, the best cigar lounges that London has to offer after lockdown, and the joy of vintage watches. With much more to discover within these pages and online at, we hope this issue serves as inspiration as you plan those special moments in the months to come."

Enjoy the issue.