At the Gifts & Interior Trade Fair in Lillestrøm last week I fell in love with the beautiful Saddle Chair designed by Angell, Wyller & Aarseth. Combining a nest-like cosines to a solid structure, it’s is a modest and friendly chair. Named for the cushions, which hang over the arms like saddles, and which feature useful pockets for TV remotes, newspapers or tablets.
Touchwood Chair by Lars Beller Fjetland comes from the Norwegian designer’s core belief that humans benefit from daily interaction with natural materials. Touchwood is a versatile and welcoming wooden chair with all superfluous details removed and it adds a touch of nature into everyday life.
Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland feels strongly that people benefit from daily interaction with natural elements, like wood, which guided him in the creation of his latest design, the Touchwood Chair for Discipline. His intentionwas to create an affordable chair that would that would focus on incorporating elements of nature into the everyday life. By strategically stripping the chair of any unnecessary components, each remaining part has been given exactly as much love and attention as deserved. Subtle yet distinct, the chair adds value, beauty and comfort to its surroundings. Read More
Since 2003, 100% Norway exhibition has been one of the most exciting mainstays of the London Design Festival, showcasing the best of Norwegian furniture and product design to an international audience. 100% Norway has divided its exhibition into three parts this year; Experiments, Exploration and Results – that come together to create an overview of the whole design process, a “lifetime of design.” Below are a few of my favorites that will be on display in September.
Combining a nest-like cosiness to a solid structure, Saddle by Angell, Wyller & Aarseth is a modest and friendly chair, named for the cushions, which hang over the arms like saddles, and which feature useful pockets for TV remotes, newspapers or tablets. By separating the wooden elements from the upholstery, the chair expresses the notion of rigid construction underpinning softness and comfort. Manufactured by Slåke. Read More
100% Norway at Tent London 2013 – Kristine Five Melvaer investigates communicative elements in her design work, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. Her pieces focus on the potential of objects to communicate stories, helping to create emotional bonds between object and user. This week at Tent London Kristine will exhibit four remarkably different products, all with different functions, using a broad range of materials.
The Soft Bowl series consists of three incredibly smooth bowls made purely of expertly worked beech. They create three different landscapes that present their contents in varying ways. Read More
100% Norway at Tent London 2013 – a new wave of Design from the Land of the Fjords! The Bergen based designer Philipp Von Hase is one of 10 x 10 designers to feature in the showcase at Tent London this September. He will present these two wonderful pieces, Trialog and Spire.
Philipp Von Hase was born and raised in Hanover, and for the last few years he has been studying at the Bergen Academy of Art & Design. While there he has embraced every element of Norwegian life and culture. Read More
100% Norway at Tent London 2013 – Günzler & Polmar shall exhibit Waxandstone. The wax candles stand alone, with their slender form and wide base, needing no holder or candlestick for support. To underline their impermanence comes the Norwegian stone, a material perceived as stable and permanent, the very opposite of wax in terms of durability. The range of colours in the stone influenced the shades for the candles, making the two elements relate to one another despite their differences.
Victoria Günzler and Sara Wright Polmar established their studio in 2011 after studying Furniture Design and Interior Architecture together at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Victoria and Sara are also two of the three initiators of ‘Klubben’, the ‘Norwegian Designers Union’, whose goal is to promote new Norwegian designers and their work, increasing collaboration and a sense of community between young designers. Nature and craft techniques are Victoria’s main sources of inspiration, while Sara emphasizes playfulness and elegance in her process. Waxandstone was developed for the Look to Norway exhibition in Paris September 2012. Read More
100% Norway at Tent London 2013 – Lars Bjeller Fjetland designs furniture that achieves a sense of both timelessness and durability. This year he presents Equal and Cloche, products that will last for generations.
Lars Beller Fjetland established his company Beller Design in 2011 while he was a student at Bergen National Academy of the Arts, from where he graduated in 2012. His work often offers alternative ways of thinking about sustainable design, initiating his processes by thoroughly investigating material properties and seeking new and unexpected combinations from them. Read More
100% Norway at Tent London 2013 – Cathrine Maske presents Tokyo Box Collection, a series of beautiful glass containers in different color combinations. As well as the stunning Apollo glass vase, with delicate butterfly images creating a fragile juxtaposition.
Originally studying ceramics at the Oslo NationalAcademy of the Arts, Cathrine Maske changed direction, keen to work with a new medium, glass. Due to the lack of formal glass education available in Norway at the time, she spent three years in Helsinki working on her Masters thesis on how to successfully combine glass and photography. Read More
100% Norway at Tent London 2013 – Hunting & Narud is a creative design duo presenting the Copper Mirror Series. The mirrors are both minimal and bold, but also quietly playful in their balance and moving parts, creating endless golden light formations and reflections.
After years spent working independently as designers across bespoke furniture, product, interior and exhibition design, and meeting at endless international events, Amy Hunting and Oscar Narud officially joined forces professionally in 2012. Amy and Oscar are both half British, half Norwegian, and have lived and worked in London for much of the last decade. Not only do they have a stunning collection of products in the show, but will, for a second year running, design the interior of the exhibition space itself as well. Read More
For a full decade, the annual 100% Norway exhibition at Tent London has sourced and presented the very best contemporary product and furniture coming out of Norway. This year they will announce the best and most exciting line up yet for their tenth anniversary show.
The theme, as decided by 100% Norway’s longstanding curators Henrietta Thompson (London) and Benedicte Sunde (Oslo), is ‘10 x 10’. Celebrating our past and looking forward to the future in equal measure. The exhibition will present 10 designers that represent Norwegian design heritage, many of which have exhibited with 100% Norway in previous years, alongside 10 up and coming designers with an eye firmly on the future. Here are some of my favorites, all showing at 100 % Norway part of Tent London 19-22 Sept 2013. Read More
It’s hard to continue my holiday and blog break when I receive these beautiful photos and great news about Norwegian design. Norwegian design is one of Purodecos favorite theme. This year 100% Norway takes the sun all the way from Tromsø to the exhibition Tent London. With this spectacular art installation they promise to light up East London like never before!
For a full decade, the annual 100% Norway exhibition has sourced and presented the very best contemporary product and furniture coming out of Norway. This year they will announce the most exciting line up yet for their tenth anniversary show. This September 100% Norway is bringing the Sun to London. All the way from Tromsø in the North of Norway, with this spectacular art installation, Norwegian design is set to light up London like never before. Read More