Why Nordic? Why Vintage?

Our design sensibility is inspired by the owner’s Danish and Finnish roots. The Nordic countries include Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and the Faroe Islands. Nordic design is known throughout the world as being functional yet funky, with a key focus on quality materials, simple shapes and inspirations from the natural landscape. Nordic furniture, home decor and textiles have a timeless quality that makes them a natural focus for discerning collectors and customers. The quality craftsmanship, materials and design sensibility make Nordic vintage goods an essential addition to your life. Vintage is the original sustainable practice. Nordic vintage design – where sustainability meets style!

Tilbehor Accessories Collection

Quality purses, backpacks and messenger bags hand-crafted from felted vintage wool

Viking Traders Jewellery Collection

Inspired by the Vikings’ travels across the globe, this jewellery collection focuses on the materials and styles of jewellery found in the Viking archaeological record

Hygge Home Collection

Handcrafted home decor and gift items featuring felted vintage wool and natural materials

Nordic Vintage Collection

Vintage home decor and jewellery (pictured: Finnish coffee cup and saucer featuring scenes from 1837 Helsinki woodcut prints, circa 1937)

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Who is Embla?

Owner Michelle Madsen draws inspiration from her Danish and Finnish heritage. Michelle’s Finnish grandmother, Helen, instilled in Michelle a keen sense of style and a love of functional design executed in quality materials and craftsmanship.

In Norse mythology, Embla is the first woman, created by the gods Odin, Vili and Ve alongside the first man, Ask, from trees. The gods bestowed the breath of life, intelligence and the corporeal body. In its modern form, Embla symbolizes a brave and busy woman. Michelle is certainly that!

Embla’s tree logo symbolizes the feminine strength and creative force behind Michelle’s vision of design which celebrates her Nordic heritage.


We Buy Vintage!

Are you downsizing? Do you need to clear an estate but don’t know where to start? Embla can help. We buy quality Nordic vintage teak furniture, jewellery, decor and textiles. Send a picture to Michelle at embla@emblanordic.com or call 778.998.1090.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by Embla’s table at the Midsummer Festival June 22-23, 2019. We are very appreciative of the support for our products and vision of our company!

Where does Embla find inspiration?

The real answer is…everywhere! Nordic design is as much a state of mind as a place, material or style. Owner Michelle’s recent travels to Norway, Denmark and Iceland provided even more inspiration. Stay tuned for a collection based on her visit to the Vikingskiphuset in Oslo, Norway.

Embla Nordic Inspirations Ltd.



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