features
#107 / 2014
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100% Norway furniture

Observers of international design agree that Norway displays a strong design tradition and contemporary design presence. Often, though, the heralded reputations of Nordic neighbours Denmark, Sweden, and Finland overshadow Norway's accomplishments. Even in the 1950s as part of the Scandinavian Design movement that swept North America, Norwegian-designed furniture struggled for recognition. Similar to the North American furniture design sector, Norwegian office/contract furniture producers actively embrace innovative design, but domestic furniture producers show less enthusiasm.

By participating in the London Design Festival (since 2003), Norway takes its designs to the world stage in the flagship exhibition 100% Norway. For the 2014 festival Bergen Academy of Art and Design professors Dave Vikøren and Petter Bergerud designed the exhibition at Tent London's Old Trueman Brewery venue to display work by established and student designers.

Angell, Wyller & Aarseth

Saddle armchair

Christoffer Angell, Øywynd Wyller and Symen Arseth, an Oslo-based design collective of Oslo National Academy of the Arts graduates, designed the armchair shown and the Oslo chair for Bernhardt Design.

www.awaa.no

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Lars Beller Fjetland

Touchwood stacking chair

A 2012 graduate of the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Fjetland designed the ash stacking chair shown and the Equal chair, which combines solid wood and cast metal components.

www.beller.no

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KnudsenBergHindenes

Cup tables

Designed for Fora Form these tables have an integral foam top with all technical and structural components cast into the top making leg mounting seamless.

www.kb-h.no

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Gard Flydal Rorgemoen

Bøy stool

Laminated from birch veneer this simple stool can be manufactured inexpensively in a number of different heights.

gard-fr.com

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Hanne Kommedal

Uno chair

A solid ash chair design that allows parents and carers to remain flexible and active while playing with children. Lightweight and portable (the backrest works effectively as a handle), it’s a playful and inventive seating solution for homes, schools and nurseries.

https://kmd.uib.no

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