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(First draw quote article in Monocle May 2009) Bird life has taken on a new meaning in Norway’s capital Oslo. For the besotted clientele of the multiconcept space FUGLEN – translated ‘the bird’ – it has come to signify the good things of a life well lived. As a café, an outlet for interior objects and a soon to be launched high cocktail bar it is a crossroads where several subcultures, stories and concepts meet and converge. And as the founder of this new concept, barista champion of Norway 2007 and former daily manager of the original coffee shop it is all built on Einar Kleppe Holthe says “It is genuine and you can feel it” It is seriously cool. But there are no airs and graces here. Low strung people cuddle up on sofas, an enthused father chain-kissing his toddler, mellow tunes flowing from the speakers. The quiet, almost aquatic ambience contrasts the stress and noise of outside traffic. Upon entering the first and original room where KAFFEFUGLEN – translated “the coffeebird” started in 1963 and has been selling coffee over a counter for impressive 47 years you feel what he talks about And then entering the two new rooms behind the wall where you find yourself wondering if you have walked into your stylish grandmother’s private drawing room you are completely lost in time.