TONE BY NORM ARCHITECTS

Whenever Norm Architects is launching a new design not only is the products great, the photos is always stunning too. Of course also this time, for the launch of the new Tone Cabinets for Zilenzio. The pieces were made to help built a balanced acoustic environment in the workplace or at home, making it easier to focus and concentrate. The most beautiful sound absorbing objects I´ve seen so far, and functional as well. Designed in a variety of sizes and available in many colors. You also might recognise where the photos are taken? The Kinfolk Gallery in Copenhagen. The Gallery is super inspiring and you can see some of my own photos from my visit at Kinfolk here.


 

Photography by Enok Holsegaard / Styling by Sofie Brünner

Elisabeth

ARIAKE COLLECTION

How often do we see a furniture collection as a result of a week-long workshop? Well, the Ariake collection consisting of 18 pieces of furniture was designed during a week in Morodomi, Japan, last winter and launched at the International Furniture Fair Singapore the 9.th of March this year. Two factories, Legnatec and Hirata Chair, joined forces and started up Ariake which means morning moon or daybreak in Japanese and symbolizes a new chapter for the two factories. Design directed by Gabriel Tan Studio (Singapore/New York), the new brand brings toghether designers from different countries with a common respect for Japanese culture and woodworking; Anderssen & Voll (Norway), Staffan Holm Studio (Sweden), and Keiji Ashizawa Design (Japan).

The collection consists of tables, storage and seating furniture made from white oak, sumi dyed ash, indigo dyed ash, hinoki and burnt cedar. Made with a combination of advanced machines and detailed handcraft. While the furniture designers were designing and prototyping with the craftsmen of Hirata Chair and Legnatec, branding by Swiss graphic design studio AnnerPerrin and photography by Zürich-based photographer Sebastien Stadler took place concurrently. 


«It is our belief that strong working relationships are the foundation of good products. Furniture is made for social situations where people live, work and eat toghether. The creation of the Ariake brand and furniture designs were done during a week-long, intensive workshop in Morodomi where the designers and the craftsmen did the same – we lived, worked and ate together. Despite language barriers, the designers and craftsmen generated a collective energy and mutual trust that helped define the soul of the brand and resulted in a collection of furniture that utilizes the best of hand and machine, inspired by the spirituality of Japanese culture and living contexts.» – Gabriel Tan

Some of my personal favorites from the Ariake collection below. Beautiful storage furniture, stools and benches.. I do hope the furniture will be available here in Scandinavia soon. 

Photography © Sebastian Stadler

Elisabeth

 

EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED // NORWEGIAN DESIGN TO MILAN DESIGN WEEK

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During the Milan Design Week in April, Norway returns to Ventura Lambrate to tell the story of our country´s creative scene today and present the best of contemporary Norwegian design and craft. Everything is Connected is curated by designer and interior architect Katrin Greiling and designed by Kråkvik & D´Orazio who also were the designers of the previous exhibitions in Milan; Structure 2016 and Norwegian Presence 2015. The team behind is also the same this year; Norwegian designers’ union Klubben, DOGA Design and Architecture Norway, campaigning national craft resource Norwegian Crafts, and Jotun, one of the world’s most respected paint manufacturers. I would love to see the exhibition, the photos already released is stunning. And I´m sure we will see a lot more from the designers chosen by curator Katrin Greiling to be presented at the exhibition. Colors used in the exhibition is Jotun 10981 Norwegian Wood (brown), Jotun 4785 Blue River (dark blue) and Jotun 5452 Nordic Breeze (light blue).

 

Amongst my favorites is Falke Svatun´s lamp Chanterelle (above), a sculptural lighting project. Last year he presented work alongside Bjørn van den Berg who this year is presenting a wall-mounted galvanised aluminium cabinet that combines the materials of outdoor products with the function of a typically indoor product. The cabinet is called Sheet Cabinet (below).

 

Årets norske utstilling Under Milan Design Week i april har fått navnet Everything is Connected og presenterer det beste av Norsk design og kunsthåndverk akkurat nå. Everything is Connected er kuratert av designer og interiørarkitekt Katrin Greiling og designet av Kråkvik & D´Orazio, som også designet foregående års norske utstillinger i Milano; Structure i 2016 og Norwegian Presence i 2015. Teamet bak er også det samme; Klubben, DOGA, Norwegian Crafts og Jotun. Om jeg ikke får sett utstillingen i Milano er bildene som allerede er sluppet helt fantastiske. Og jeg er helt sikker på at vi får se mye mer fra designerene som er representert fremover. Fargene brukt i utstillingen er blant annet Jotun 10981 Norwegian Wood (brun), Jotun 4785 Blue River (mørk blå) og Jotun 5452 Nordic Breeze (lys blå).

 

Blant mine favoritter er Falke Svatuns lampe Chanterelle (over), et skulpturelt belysningsprosjekt. I fjor presentere han lampen Aerial sammen med Bjørn van den Berg som i år viser skapet Sheet Cabinet (under). Sheet Cabinet er et veggmontert galvanisert skap som kombinerer et utendørsmateriale med funskjonen til et typisk innendørsprodukt.

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Andreas Bergsaker, who also works for Danish brand Hay alongside his own practice, will present a double-sided vanity mirror that is set upon three slim steel legs. The mirror is called Aase.

Andreas Bergsaker som også jobber for danske Hay ved siden av sin egen praksis presenterer speilet Aase. 

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Live Berg Olsen will show her Super Normal furniture system made from solid oak. Designed for flat-pack distribution and tool-free assembly, the adaptable pieces include a chair, dresser and table unit coloured black with linseed oil.

Liv Berg Olsen viser møbelsystemet Super Normal laget av eik. Systemet er designet for flatpakking og montering uten hjelp av verktøy. Super Normal består av en stol, en kommode og et bord, alt sortfarget med linfrøolje. 

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Allen Wood by Silje Nesdal is a extension of the wooden platter collection that Nesdal brought to Milan in 2016. Working with a local wood turner, she has created a series of five bowls of different sizes, each presenting a modern design aesthetic that references Nesdal’s influences from Finland and Japan, expressed through traditional Norwegian craftsmanship.

Allen Wood av Silje Nesdal er en fortsettelse av kolleksjonen med trefat hun viste i Milano i 2016. Sammen med en lokal tredreier har hun skapt en serie av fem boller i forskjellige størrelser som hver representerer en moderne estetikk med referanser til Nesdals utdannings- og arbeidsbakgrunn fra Finland og Japan – uttrykt gjennom tradisjonelt norsk håndverk.

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The glass blower Kari Mølstad presents her family of glass vessels, Peak. Each one is blown, ground, sandblastet and polished to create a smooth faceted surface, visually referencing the woodland landscapes where Mølstad has lived and worked in the past.

Glassblåseren Kari Mølstad presenterer Peak, en serie glassvaser med visuelle referanser til skogslandskapet der Mølstad har bodd og jobbet tidligere. 

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Photo Lasse Fløde / styling Kråkvik & D´Orazio

Jonas Stokke is the co-founder of Oslo design studio StokkeAustad and has previously worked for Tupperware, Vitra, Cisco, Dagbladet and Scandinavian Business Seating. However, Everything Is Connected is his first exhibition as an individual designer, and he will present a dining chair called Tjøme, inspired by the form and structure of collapsible garden furniture.

Jonas Stokkes er en del av det Oslobaserte designstudioet StokkeAustad og har tidligere jobbet for kunder som Tupperware, Vitra, Cisco, Dagbladet og Scandinavian Business Seating. Everything is Connected er første gang han stiller ut solo og presenterer stolen Tjøme, inspirert av formen og strukturen på sammenleggbare hagemøbler.

Elisabeth

 

FOGIA NEWS

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When you thought you´d found your favorite sofas and already had to many to choose from.. yes I know, not a problem at all. Andreas Engesvik launched a new sofa for Fogia during the fair in Stockholm last week, another new sofa from Fogia is Jord by Luca Nichetto. The same designer who designed Cloud Sofa for &tradition – one of my other favourites.
Dini (above and below) is Andreas Engesvik second sofa for Fogia, after the success with Tiki. Dini challenges the old stereotypes of how a sofa should look like. With a Scandinavian expression and a timeless design, it is a clever update of the archetypical two or three-seat sofa. I love the elegant expression.

Husker dere sofa-favorittene mine fra noen uker tilbake? Her må også de to nye modellene, Dini og Jord fra Fogia med. De ble lansert under messen i Stockholm forrige uke. Dini (over og under) er designet av Andreas Engesvik, og er hans andre sofa for Fogia etter suksessen med Tiki. Dini utfordrer gamle stereotyper av hvordan en sofa skal se ut. Skandinavisk uttrykk og tidløs design, og superelegant med slanke ben som gir luft under. Er vi ikke litt ferdige med de tunge, store sofaene som har dominert stuene en stund nå? Jeg er veldig klar for et mer elegant uttrykk.

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Jord (above and below) by Luca Nichetto is an elegant modular sofa with endless seating configurations. Like his sofa Cloud for &tradition, Jord also has the perfect balance between Italian tradition and a Scandinavian look and feel. The ultimate compromise between proportions and material. This resulted in an extremely comfy, low and expansive sofa, comprising the Italian preferences for sophisticated high quality materials and a Scandinavian-inspired colorpalette.

Jord designet av Luca Nichetto er en elegant modulsofa med utallige kombinasjonsmuligheter. Som Cloud sofa for &tradition har også Jord den perfekte balansen mellom italiensk tradisjon og et skandinavisk uttrykk. 

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Other 2017-news from Fogia is Poppy pouf by Nina Jobs, Pastille table by TAF Arkitekter, Ropemaker Rug by TAF Arkitekter,
Big Sur table by Simon Klenell & Kristoffer Sundin and Figurine stool and table designed by NoteDesignStudio.

Elisabeth

A COLOUR COMPOSITION, NEW NORWEGIAN DESIGN

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Jeg har gledet meg til å vise dere bilder fra utstillingen A COLOUR COMPOSITION, New Norwegian Design som ble vist på den norske ambassaden i Stockholm forrige uke. Både ambassaden, tegnet av arkitekt Knut Knutsen tidlig på 50-tallet og utstillingen kuratert av Kråkvik & D´Orazio var et imponerende syn på åpningskvelden – og bildene er tatt av fotograf Lars Petter Pettersen før gjestene inntok ambassaden. Utstillingen viser det beste av norsk design og kunsthåndverk i dag og ble holdt av SMI (Samarbeidsrådet for møbel og interiør), et nettverk av designere, produsenter, organisasjoner og utdanningsinstitutt som jobber for å styrke norsk møbel- og designindustri.

The exhibition A COLOUR COMPOSITION, New Norwegian Design was shown at the Norwegian Embassy in Stockholm last week – an exhibition that shows the best of new Norwegian design and crafts today. The Norwegian Embassy in Stockholm is one of architect Knut Knutsen´s most iconic buildings, and its original features from the early fifties has been well preserved. The unique rooms in the embassy sat the framework for the special exhibition I was so lucky to see last week. Curated by Norwegian stylist duo Kråkvik & D´Orazio.

Above; 124˙Mirror by Daniel Rybakken/Artek and Levels of Attachment and belongings vase by Lillian Tørlen. Below; Dini sofa by Andreas Engesvik/Fogia, Camp Lounge Chair by Anderssen & Voll/Fora Form, Root sofa table by Runa Klock/Fora Form, Atlas Sculptural shelf by Mikael Pedersen in collaboration with Van Den Weghe. 

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Above; Niu sofa by Hallgeir Homstvedt/Hjelle, Pi table by Anderssen & Voll/Fjordfiesta, Balancer lamp by Yuue/Northern Lighting, Un Divided modular furniture system by Stokke Austad/Elementa, Sculptural object by Beate Einen, Wallbox by Sara Polmar, Falla bowl by Linda Svedal Walsøe/Wik & Walsøe, Core lamp by Runa Klock/New Works, Sfera II spherical box by Kristine Bjaadal, limited edition of five.

Below; Bambi chair by Rastad & Relling, relaunched by Fjordfiesta and Utopia Workshop, Dong vessel by Kim Thomé and Aura mirror by Bjørn van den Berg/New Works. 

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Above; Woodwork chair by Peter Opsvik/prototype, Tind by Osloform, Paddle pepper grinder and Paddle salt container by Noidoi/Skagerak, Groove plate by Hallgeir Homstvedt/Muuto, Dråpe cutting board by Gridy/Trefjøla, vase by Lillian Tørlen.

Below; Noor chair by Stokke Austad, Form us with love, Grønlund design and Scandinavian Business Seating design team/ Scandinavian Business Seating. Kiila coat stand by Daniel Rybakken/Artek, Bow stool by KnudsenBergHindenes/prototype, Spring tray by Siv Lier/Woud, Dual plate by Sara Polmar/prototype, Torqued lamp by Andreas Bergsaker/prototype, Shaker inspired carpet beater by Vera & Kyte/prototype, Melvin blanket by Kristine Five Melvær/Røros Tweed. 

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photo © Lars Petter Pettersen 

En imponerende utstilling norsk design i rammene på den flotte ambassaden i Stockholm, og som Jannicke og Allesandro sier; Som arbeidet til arkitekt Knut Knutsen har vist oss har norsk design sine røtter – men det er kanskje akkurat nå vi er vitner til begynnelsen på en ny norsk design æra.

Stylists Jannicke Kråkvik and Allesandro D´Orazio: As the work of Knut Knutsen has shown us, Norwegian design has its roots, but it just might be right now we are witnessing the dawn of a new Norwegian design era.

Elisabeth

SFF 2017 // HIGHLIGHTS

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Foruten Contrasts-utstillingen av Lotta Agaton var det selvfølgelig noen spennende høydepunkter blant utstillerene på messen i Stockholm forrige uke også. Nyhetene har vi jo allerede sett, men noen stands er mer inspirerende enn andre – både i konsept, fargevalg og styling. &tradition (over og under) hadde som alltid en av messens beste locations og utstillingen er en videreføring av konseptet fra showrommet i København. Delikat og med spennende fargevalg. Og de lange gardinene som deler området inn i mindre soner, det er unektelig fint, og langt mer fleksibelt enn faste vegger. Til inspirasjon!

I wrote about the inpiring exhibition Contrasts by Lotta Agaton the other day, and now its time to show some of the other highlights from Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. Some more inspiring than others with bold colors, cool consepts and nice styling. &tradition (above) had as always one of the best locations at the fair. And one of the best booths as well. Cool and sophisticated, nice colors and the news – well you can see more here. Love the curtains, similar to the ones in their Copenhagen showroom. 

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In Between Bar Stool og lampen Working Title er blant &traditions nyheter, og flere kan ses her.

In Between Bar Stool and the table lamp Working Title, both new. 

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Fritz Hansens monter var også superinspirerende. Arbeidsrommet eklektisk innredet med møbelklassikere som nok en gang beviser at de passer enhver stilretning.

Fritz Hansen inspired with an eclectic decorated office. Classics in a cool and creative workplace, a very successfull mix. 

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Gubi er alltid sofistikert og classy, denne gangen intet unntak. Pendelvarianten av Pedreralampen (under), Pedrera Ana Pendant Black er designet av Ruiz Millet som en hyllest til Barba Corsini som designet de orginale Pedreralampene.

Gubi is always sophisticated and classy. The Pedrera Ana Pendant Black is designed by Ruiz Millet as a tribute to the designer of the original Pedrera lamps, Barba Corsini. 

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Menus nyheter (over og under) har jeg også vist tidligere da pressebildene ble sluppet. Utstillingen på messen var delikat og fresh i uttrykket, og til en hver tid full av besøkende. Sofanyhetene fra Menu, Septembre sofa designet av Theresa Arns (over) og Taylor sofa av Rui Alves har fått fortjent positiv oppmerksomhet. Og jeg gleder meg til å følge med Menu videre – fra å være en typisk leverandør av kjøkkentilbehør for få år siden til å levere spennende møbeldesign har de hatt en utvikling få andre kan skilte med.

The news from Menu (above and below) has also been featured at the blog already. The booth was at all times crowded, decorated with light colors and curtains like the ones at &tradition – and so very delicate. The two new sofas, Septembre designed by Theresa Arns (above) and Tailor Sofa by Rui Alves got well deserved attention. I´m already looking forward to see whats next from Menu. 

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photo 1, 2 ©Gustav Kaiser/Stockholm Furniture and Light fair, photo no 3 ©Katerina Dima/Only Deco Love, photo 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ©elisabeth heier

Elisabeth