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A FEW GOOD NORWEGIAN THINGS // EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK

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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.

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Una Blankets

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..

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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.

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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.

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Røros Tweed_Åsmund Blankets

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sara Skotte, keramikkdesigner, fotograf Anne Bråtveit

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.

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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!

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AT THE NUART FESTIVAL 2015

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Last weekend I went to check out NUART with two of my fellow graphic design friends. It’s an annual independent international contemporary street & urban art festival located in Stavanger and it was the first time I have been able to go so I was very excited.

We went to see the indoor installation at Tou Scene, the perfect setting for this type of event. Tou Scene is a vast converted Victorian brewery, and the exhibition itself was located inside the old beer halls. It featured the works of 16 different international artists, a great mix of styles and emotions. As it was in these dark halls the lighting was not so iPhone friendly, but here are some of my snaps from the day.

Art by BORTUSK LEER (UK)

Art by BORTUSK LEER

Art by OUTINGS PROJECT (FR)

Art by OUTINGS PROJECT

Art by BORDALO II

Art by BORDALO II

Art by JAMIE REID

Art by JAMIE REID

Art by MARTIN WHATSON

Art by MARTIN WHATSON

Art by ELLA & PIOTR WITH ISAAC CORDAL

Art by ELLA & PITR WITH ISAAC CORDAL

Art by ISAAC CORDAL

Art by ISAAC CORDAL

If you want to see more photos from the exhibition just click through to the official website. And if you are in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit!

The NUART Festival is happening not just indoors, but all over Stavanger. Our original plan was to wander around and discover some of the amazing outdoor street art that has popped up but that had to be postponed because of quite heavy rain.. We did however have a quick little look at what was around Tou Scene itself while running to the nearest café for shelter.

Art by Tref

Art by TREF

Planning on going for a wander around Stavanger? You can download a detailed map or the app which helps you locate all of the street art around town.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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NORWEGIAN PRESENCE MILAN DESIGN WEEK

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All photos by Ingrid Opstad

This week I went to Norwegian Presence, a new exhibition concept presenting a mix of work by Norwegian designers, crafts artists and producers. It was a part of the Milan Design Week, and one of the exhibitions I was most excited to see hence being Norwegian. The exhibition was held in an industrial factory space in Ventura Lambrate, the perfect setting to showcase the beautiful design pieces, and featured 51 different products from 46 designers.

To help visitors navigate through the exhibition space, the area was divided into four colour-coded backgrounds chosen by Jotun. Each colour represented one of the three groups of collaboration partners; Klubben, Norwegian Crafts & Norwegian Icons. The colour palette was chosen for their resemblance to the Norwegian mountains, woods and sea. It set the tone nicely, and complimented the design well.

“Walls, like the mountains and valleys that separate the country’s population, divide the space yet invite visitors to take a tour of the land.” – Norwegian Presence

The Jotun colour palette; 1930 Lounge // 4212 Norwegian Presence // 6325 Balance // 7163 Minty Breeze

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At the entrance the Oslo & Tokyo based Fuglen Bar had set up a pop-up bar where they were serving drinks. I tried this one with akvavit in, which is a flavoured spirit commonly produced in Scandinavia. I am not a big fan of akvavit as it is a bit too strong to my liking, but in this cocktail it was delicious!

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When walking through the exhibition there where information cards hanging nicely next to each of the design, so that you could pick the ones you like. Simple and effective idea, which makes it a bit more interesting for the visitor than just a normal catalogue.

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Here are some of the designs I spotted at the exhibition with links to each of the designer’s websites if you want to see more;

TUTHANKA by MARGIT SELAND
“The series Tuthanka is made of white and coloured porcelain. The products have a sanded matt exterior and a transparent glazed inside. Some of the cups also have a partially glazed outer surface. The lids of the pots are preliminary sketchings, represented by some rubber corks, spools from the hardware store (yellow) and a finding from the street (the brown).”

INGRIDESIGN Tuthanka by Margit Seland Norwegian Presence

 
MULTI MEANDER I – IV by EDITH LUNDEBREKKE
“The works in this exhibition consists of a series of reliefs of coloured panels. The colours on the panels and the background colours interact through reflection and optical mixing. The same structure makes up the foundation for all four reliefs. The colours on the panels are all the same, and the background colours in each relief are complementary colours. Colours are a key element in the works, creating changing experiences in interaction with the environment and the spectator. The perception of the work changes through the spectator’s movement, and the reliefs can be assembled in many different ways. The reliefs are unique works.”

INGRIDESIGN Multi Meander I - V by Edith Lundebrekke Norwegian Presence

 
TREET by MORTEN & JONAS
“Treet is a small lounge table with a playful table top that consist of three trays made out of solid oak that have been either colour stained or smoked. The trays are held in place by a coated metal frame. The three different squares, together with a mix of colours and surfaces, create a fragmented and interesting table top.”

INGRIDESIGN Treet by Morten&Jonas Norwegian Presence

 
BUNAD BLANKET by ANDREAS ENGESVIK for MANDAL VEVERI
“National Romanticism still has a strong position in Norway, and the bunad is one of its most visible and well-known expressions. The Bunad Blankets (Bunadspledd), a series of blankets launched during the London Design Festival in September 2012, represent a simplification and translation of ideas derived from Norwegian folk costumes. The blankets introduce this rich tradition into our everyday interior environment. Based on bunad motifs from five regions in Norway, they are woven from pure wool at Mandal Veveri.”

INGRIDESIGN Bunad blanket by Andreas Engesvik Mandal Veveri Norwegian Presence

 
FELIX & VEI by SARA SKOTTE
“Flex: This is a range of vases that with its beautiful forms captures the essence of a flower. Vei: The culture of food and how we serve it have all become a big part of our experience of a meal. Food is sensual, hence how it is served and on what should appeal just as much to our senses. What Sara wants to achieve with this range of tableware called Vei, the Norwegian word for road, is to design products one immediately wants to touch, that are inspiring and that touches the user.”

INGRIDESIGN Felix&Vei by Sara Skotte Norwegian Presence

 
KROBO by TORBJØRN AFDAL for FJORDFIESTA
“In 1960 Torbjørn Afdal designed the multi-purpose bench Krobo. It became an instant classic in Norway because of its unique flexibility and many uses. The bench was re-launched by Fjordfiesta in cooperation with Utopia Retro Modern in 2014. The design studio Anderssen & Voll drew a new range of accessories for the bench as well. Torbjørn Afdal, who started working as a designer at Bruksbo Tegnekontor in 1946, was one of the most prolific post-war Norwegian designers.”

INGRIDESIGN Krobo by Torbjørn Afdal for Fjordfiesta Norwegian Presence

 
DOKKA by NORTHERN LIGHTING
“In 1954, Dokka was the first Norwegian lamp ever to be awarded the highly regarded Golden Medal at the Milan Triennale. Designed by Birger Dahl, this functional light icon, also known as Pendel s/10053, was produced and sold by the Norwegian electricity company Sønnico (Oslo) for many years. Dokka became one of the best-selling Norwegian pendant lamps ever produced, until the day Sønnico ended its lighting production and lamp sales came to an abrupt end. In 2007 Northern Lighting re-launched this design classic, taking care to preserve the main shape and features that originally made it such a popular lamp.”

INGRIDESIGN Dokka by Northern Lighting Norwegian Presence

 
If you want to see all the designs exhibited at the Norwegian Presence, then click here. The exhibition definitely testify that the Norwegian design community is growing, and is a great way to show off some of the talented designers from our country to the rest of the world!

In the Milan area? Make sure you visit!

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ITALIAN DESIGN ICONS

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Photo by Ingrid Opstad

Last week I went to the ‘La Bellezza Quotidiana’ // ‘The Everyday Beauty’, a design exhibition by Triennale Design Museum promoting and enhancing Italian design icons throughout time. It contains a selection of over 200 iconic pieces laid out in chronological order, starting in 1945 and ending up in 2015. It contains designs by the big masters Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti, Franco Albini, Bruno Munari, together with young, new designers such as Lorenzo Damiani, Martino Gamper and Fabio Novembre.

Below is the timeline of all the designs featured in the exhibition, just click on the image to view larger:

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It is so fascinating to see the development and innovation that has happened over the years, and very interesting to see how many of these pieces still have a very modern and new feel to them. Italy is seen as being a worldwide trendsetter and leader in design, which you can clearly see in the collection of items displayed at ‘La Bellezza Quotidiana’.

One piece that especially caught my eye was the ‘PRATONE’, designed by Giorgio Ceretti, Pietro Derossi and Riccardo Rosso for Gruppo Strum in 1971. At first glance I had no idea what it could be, it looks like a section of oversized grass and has a pop-art style to it. When getting closer to it and reading the sign saying it was a chair I still felt a bit confused, as it does not resemble anything you would traditionally call a chair. It is primarily a work of art, but also functional and quite comfortable by the looks of it (see here.)

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Photo by ingridesign

I also love the quirky ‘Sending Animals’ furnitures, designed by Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba for Seletti. These playful animal-shaped storage units are made from wooden shipping crates, a fun way to display your homeware.

Photo by ingridesign

Photo by ingridesign

The exhibition is located in the attic of the Villa Reale in Monza, a stunning location and a must-see if you are ever in the Milan area. It was the summer villa for the Italian royal family up until 1900 and is surrounded by Monza Park, one of the largest enclosed parks in Europe. The villa was recently restored, and is now open to the public as a museum but also hosts temporary exhibitions and events. There is a restaurant area near the entrance that serves lovely food and drinks, and a little book shop where you can have a browse.

Photo by ingridesign

Photo by ingridesign

The exhibition design is by Michele De Lucchi, with a minimalistic and organic style. Each item is displayed on untreated wood crates, which works very well with the wood and brick surroundings of the interior space. Each area is divided into a section focusing on the time period nicely displayed on the floor when entering. It is nice as it feels like you are having a walk through the history of Italian design.

Photo by Triennial di Milano

Photo by Triennial di Milano

If you do go to the exhibition be sure to check out the amazing photography exhibition ‘Oltre Lo Sguardo’ // ‘Beyond The Look’ by Steve McCurry also located at the villa. The exhibition shows his latest work alongside some of his best-known images. The highlight being the portrait of Sharbat Gula which was on the cover of National Geographic in 1985 and has since become one of the icons of world photography.

Photo by ingridesign

Photo by ingridesign

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