If you are in the New York area I recommend that you check out the A Few Good Things exhibition opening this Friday at the Terminal Stores! It is an inaugural exhibition celebrating the best in new Norwegian design to the US audience, presenting the work of 10 of Norway’s most exciting emerging and established talents. I saw quite a few of these designs earlier in April at the Structure exhibition in Milano, and will also be posting a blogpost soon of photos I took there.
A FEW GOOD DESIGNERS;
Anderssen & Voll will be presenting the sculptural cast-iron Ildhane (translates as ‘fire rooster’ in English) Candleholders. With its unusual and expressive shape it truly is a decorative piece of art. They will also show the beautiful Una Blankets produced in collaboration with textile company Røros Tweed. Una is a powerful name with a Old Norse origin. The meaning is “she who thrives,” and the high quality wool comes from sheep that graze in the Norwegian mountains which has excellent elasticity, softness and durability.
Andreas Bergsaker is showcasing new prototypes of wooden products, including his Birch & Brass Clock, the Mushi Lamps, the Piedistallo Lamp and Equal Serving Tray. The simple yet solid Birch & Brass table clock is designed to give you the feeling that time goes by in a slower manner..
Fimbul is a practice dealing with problem solving in finding the balance between functionality, material characteristics, production methods and aesthetics. They are showing off their Soft Square Stools, MUPU Shelves, Canary Wharf Brushes and The Stone Elephant. I particularly like the cute Stone Elephant, a playful puzzle made of rocks from the quarries which is a unique stone found only in Larvik, Norway. It comes flat packed and is meant to be assembled at home. A fun little character that acts both as a toy and a decorative object in tour home.
Kristine Five Melvær is exhibiting the Vava stacking stool as well as the beautiful and colourful Åsmund Pillows and Blankets. She is also displaying 5 of the new heavy-duty nylon Heymat Doormats; Heim, Mix, Hand, Eng, and Spot. These are the perfect way to add a bit of colour to your hallway or entrance space.
Lars Beller Fjetland is exhibiting Monstera, a set of cutlery created in collaboration with Norway’s oldest silverware producer Theodor Olsen Sølvvareverksted. I saw these at the Structure exhibition and thought they were simply stunning!
Martin Solem is displaying the Solem Table, a innovative lightweight and minimalistic table designed with hotels in mind. A great feature is the U-channel legs that is created to conceal cabling.
noidoi is inspired by the differing cultural and professional backgrounds of its founders, a Norwegian & a Romanian. They are showcasing their On The Edge Lamp, Bølgen Trivet and Tube Candleholder. Inspired by the patterns of a heat wave, Bølgen (Norwegian for the wave) is a simple, sculptural trivet designed to protect table surfaces from hot pans and pots.
Runa Klock is showing her Moving Mamas Cutting Boards and Salad Servers, The Thief Ceramics, Bokhari Baskets & Mats and the Core Lamp. Core is a table lamp made from natural stone with clean and simple shapes.
Sara Skotte will be presenting her collection of vases called Dialogue and the five-piece porcelain tableware set Vei. Vei has a lovely colour palette of white, black, bright orange, grey and greyish blue in combination with dark brown earthenware and oak, giving off a sophisticated yet calming feel to a dining table.
Sverre Uhnger creates products that underline the inherent qualities of their materials and production methods, and is showcasing two of his wood pieces; Trace & Vert. Vert is a series of five beautiful wooden trays created to highlight Scandinavian food culture by presenting fresh produce in a natural way.
The A Few Good Things exhibition is curated by Metropolis magazine’s editorial director Paul Makovsky and produced by the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA) in partnership with the Norwegian Consulate General in New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is presented at Wanted Design on May 13th – 16th as a part of the NYC x DESIGN — New York City’s celebration of global design. If you do go let me know how it is, as I would love to hear!