POAST

POAST is a design studio in Norway.

Bergen, Norway · 940 Sales

POAST

POAST is a design studio in Norway.

Bergen, Norway 940 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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(350)

Announcement   Thanks so much for all your requests for the original little houses! These are no longer in production and the molds are gone, so we're not able to make more. The pieces we had saved are being listed here for sale for those interested in a last chance purchase. We'll ship from Norway to you, anywhere in the world.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 24, 2018

Thanks so much for all your requests for the original little houses! These are no longer in production and the molds are gone, so we're not able to make more. The pieces we had saved are being listed here for sale for those interested in a last chance purchase. We'll ship from Norway to you, anywhere in the world.

Laurie Poast

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lcbremer

lcbremer on Apr 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful pieces - arrived carefully packed and kept safe all the way across the world! Thanks for the care.

lcbremer

lcbremer on Apr 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love this wee item - arrived beautifully packed and kept safe all the way across the world! Thanks for the care.

lcbremer

lcbremer on Apr 24, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love this wee item - arrived beautifully packed and kept safe all the way across the world! Good memories of visiting Norway. Thanks for the care.

Tasha Lee

Tasha Lee on Feb 14, 2016

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About

About POAST

Laurie Poast, Norwegian-American, b. 1974

With a child's eyes in a far-off American farm village called Black Earth, Laurie Poast stared at story books in reverie of the land from which her ancestors came. Powerfully enchanting illustrations of the old world and her Mother’s stories of cobblestones, gardens, and little white horses created a deep and tender longing for her homeland.

Her aesthetic began there in her first years, where she spent her childhood in the workshop of the acclaimed Norwegian-American hardingfele luthier Ron Poast (http://bit.ly/nationalheritageaward), and in the immaculate English gardens and orchards on her grandparent's farm. Poast’s formal fine arts education in Madison, Wisconsin gave her mastery of the methods, materials, and history of art, while her business experience with numerous American companies and arts organizations, and the launch of her own company serving over 300 contracted artists and interior designers, led her to the launch of POAST Art & Design in Norway, where she works today.

With a modern Scandinavian design aesthetic, Poast creates tiny architectural sculptures inspired by the Norwegian, German and English homes her ancestors left behind when they emigrated to America in the 1800s, as well as by houses left by other emigrants from Switzerland, Italy, France, Greece, and other lands. Each tiny sculpture represents an emigrant family’s collective and historic memory of their ancestors’ homes. Colorless form and texture arch and bend the shadows around the pure white porcelain architectural objects, casting light onto the parts of our history that we remember, and shadow onto the parts forgotten. Standing alone or grouped in a wall installation of hundreds of tiny houses, these modern forms represent the most emotionally compelling sentiment of Poast’s emigrant culture: a sense of homeland.

Designed after the grand villas and small wooden houses of Norway’s cities, the log cabins and stabbur storehouses amidst the snow-capped mountains and beautiful fjords of Norway’s countryside, the decorative curves and nature-inspired ornaments of Paris' Art Nouveau apartment houses, Baron Haussmann's urban Parisian blocks, fifteenth-century pigeon houses of centuries-old French manors, the ancient limestone estates of the Burgundy countryside, the rustic old French country carriage houses of the old châteaux still standing in France today, the charming old half-timbered Fachwerkhauser in Germany, the white stone huts with conical limestone rooftops of the trullo houses amidst the rocky villages, vineyards and olive groves of 16th century Italy, the grass rooftops of the jutting rocky Faroe Islands in the sea, and the seventeenth-century canal houses of the Dutch Golden Age, these tiny houses are vessels that hold the histories of generations.

Poast’s work has been featured in major publications and blogs including The Huffington Post, Homes and Gardens Magazine UK, HGTV (Home & Garden Television) online, Apartment Therapy, NRC Netherlands national newspaper, Air Canada's EnRoute Magazine, Sweet Paul Magazine, West Elm, Remodelista, Etsy Blog, Design Mom, and more. Her design products have been featured at Dutch Design Week 2011, Hjertholm på Galleriet Bergen, Julemarked i Bergen: design og kunsthåndverk, Designernes eget Julemarked Oslo, and are available through stockists in the USA, Australia, and Norway.

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Last updated on November 30, 2014
Welcome to POAST Art & Design!

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
All sales are final. In the event that a return or exchange is accepted, the customer will be responsible for all shipping and possible duties or other fees. If a problem arises, however, I'll do all that I can to make it right.
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Copyright 2011 Laurie Poast
Artist retains full copyright, and sale of artwork does not transfer copyright. Please do not use any image of my work without permission, however do feel free to publish images on blogs and periodicals along with full artist credit and a link to poast.no.