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Norwegian style fascinates the world. A new generation of talents is receiving international attention. Norwegian designers are being appreciated and becoming sought after. With only a few internationally-known designers for the past few decades, such as Peter Opsvik, Hans Brattrud and Olav Eldøy, Norway hasn’t had as many designer talents to promote as its Scandinavian neighbors has.   This trend has gradually faded over the past ten years, when the successful design trio Norway Says put the country on the international designer’s map, according to design blog Despoke.

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Norwegian style fascinates the world

Published on Wednesday, 7th July, 2010 at 12:36 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

A new generation of talents is receiving international attention. Norwegian designers are being appreciated and becoming sought after.

Hallgeir Homstvedt with his OHH mirror bowls
Hallgeir Homstvedt with his OHH mirror bowls
Photo: By kind permission of Despoke


With only a few internationally-known designers for the past few decades, such as Peter Opsvik, Hans Brattrud and Olav Eldøy, Norway hasn’t had as many designer talents to promote as its Scandinavian neighbors has.  

This trend has gradually faded over the past ten years, when the successful design trio Norway Says put the country on the international designer’s map, according to design blog Despoke.

If Norway Says broke the ice, StokkeAustad, Frost Produkt and Tveit&Tornøe paved the way for Norwegian upcoming designers who want to be successful, both nationally and internationally.  

Norwegian designers’ inspiration and the fresh approaches they have towards objects turned them into vibrant forces in the field, and created a demand for their work.

One of these names is Vibeke Skar. She was highly-rated for her last exhibition in Ventura Lambrate during the Milan Design Week last April where her work, in collaboration with Belgian Jens Praet, was inspired by the Arctic Glaciers and suggested the effects of global warming.  

“We’re trying to get people’s attention by creating everyday objects with a subtle environmental message,” Skar told Despoke.

Former intern at Norway Says Daniel Rybakken is already famous for his designs that play with light, such rendering natural sunlight to treat Seasonally Adjusted Depression. The syndrome affects people living in areas such as Norway, where sunlight duration is limited during winter.

Hallgeir Homstvedt, who worked for Norway Sayss design studio for three years is intrigued by “the simple beauty of mirrors” and the “truth” they reflect. He’ll be showing a series of mirrors designs at the 100% Norway show under this year’s London Design Festival between 18 and 26 September.

Amy Hunting is an internationally-known designer and illustrator who owns her own studio. She’ll be managing the Norwegian Prototypes exhibition during the festival.

Hunting became famous after designing the Patchwork series, her main idea being how to build furniture with wood waste. Patchwork was followed by Blockshelf, a bookshelf designed on the same principle.

Meanwhile, 25 year-old Petter Skogstad has already had two exhibitions in Milan, one last year and this. His style impressed manufacturers and he was offered an area at the 100% Norway exhibition in London last year.

“I want to make beautiful products to use in everyday situations,” Skogstad declared. 

Some of the other emerging Norwegian designers exhibiting their work under this year’s festival are Øyvind Wyller, Simen Aarseth, Christoffer Angell, Sarah Wright Polmar, Kim Thome, and Bjørn Blikstad.



Published on Wednesday, 7th July, 2010 at 12:36 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: peter, opsvik, hans, brattrud, olav, eldoey, norway, says, stokkeaustad, frost, produkt, tveittornoee, vibeke, skar, daniel, rybakken, hallgeir, homstvedt, amy, hunting, london, design, festival, .





  
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