The Director's Residence

The Director’s Residence at Nyfossum

Nyfossum was the residence of the Cobalt Works’ Technical Director. The estate is surrounded by a beautiful garden filled with herbs, roses, a gazebo and a carp pond. It is a place to enjoy art and history in beautiful green surroundings.

The Director’s Residence, barn and storehouse are all centred around the farmyard. Here you can visit the Storehouse Shop, which sells a range of Cobalt Works products, garden equipment, herbs and ceramics. There is also a kiosk selling coffee and cakes. In the lovely garden, you can admire rose bushes which were typical of the period, the beautiful gazebo and duck pond. Benches and tables are perfect for a picnic in a lovely green setting. The garden is also home to a bumblebee sculpture by Elena Engelsen. The sculpture is part of the Nymoen Cultural Trail project that you can read more about in the cowshed in the Timber Barn.

Producing blue pigment was a complicated process, and required advanced chemistry skills. One of the top pigment experts in the world, Friedrich Roscher, served as the Cobalt Works’ Technical Director from 1820 to 1840. He designed the elegant residence at Nyfossum for himself and his family.

The Director’s Residence has been restored as closely as possible to the original. As you walk in, you will be transported back to the 1840s. With most of the kitchen fixtures and fittings intact, it is easy to picture the staff at work preparing the Roscher family’s meals at the huge fireplace, and you can walk up the ‘hidden’ servants’ stairs to the elegant rooms on the first floor, to Mrs Roscher’s drawing room.

The Roschers’ residence is now also home to the Ida Lorentzen Museum.  As you stroll through the rooms, bedrooms and nurseries, you will discover Ida Lorentzen’s fascinating paintings, which capture the chilly elegance of the house.

The timber walls of the old barn create a very special atmosphere for the annual exhibitions we display. These have included the works of artists like Torvald Moseid, Synnøve Anker Aurdal, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Magne Furuholmen and other contemporary artists. It is always fascinating to see how the artists make use of the rustic rooms from year to year.