AURA BY ANDREAS ENGESVIK OSLO FOR THE NEW NORWEGIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
The building of the new National Museum here in Oslo is going forward and the newest addition to its interior is the beautiful winning chair Aura by Andreas Engesvik. Ten Norwegian designers have competed to create a chair for the conference hall and other public areas in the museum and the winner was announced, not surprisingly to be, Andreas Engesvik. One of the aims of the competition was to strengthen the museum’s link to the Norwegian design field where Andreas Engesvik has played a major role in pushing contemporary Norwegian design to the international market and establishing the reputation it has today.
The jury, headed by renowned furniture and industrial designer Jasper Morrison says this about the winner “Aura is a beautiful chair that adds a seductive softness and elegance to the room where it will be used. In its design the chair has contours that point both back and forward in time.”
After completing an MA in design (at the National College of Art and Design) Engesvik co founded the design studio Norway Says in 2000. Today, many of the products and furniture from the studio have become contemporary classics produced at a time when the Scandinavian design scene in general, and the Norweigan design scene in particular, was mostly appreciated for the furniture icons of its rich past.
Since 2010 Engesvik has successfully run his own studio Andreas Engesvik Oslo, focusing on long term collaborations with international brands such as Iittala, Muuto, FontanaArte, Asplund and Fogia. The studio works in a variety of design fields ranging from furniture and tableware to industrial design; among the studios more recent projects you will find such diverse projects as a toothbrush for Hay and an armchair for Swedish producer Fogia. Alongside the design practice, Engesvik has been dedicated to promoting Norweigan design as well as teaching and supporting younger design talents in order for them to reach out internationally. In 2012 Engesvik was appointed as Guest Professor at The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm.