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.
Camera in hand, furniturelink attended 100% Norway in September 2014 to document a small selection of designers and furniture on display there.
Angell, Wyller & Aarseth
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.
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.
Petter Knudsen, Anders Berg and Steinar Hindenes, all graduates of the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, designed the table shown using a unique combination of steel plate and structural foam for the tops. Their Plank
sofa received a nomination for the 2013 Bo Bedre Design Awards.
Hanne Marthe Kommedal
Currently completing a master's degree at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Kommedal designed the solid ash chair to enhance interaction between adults and children in homes and nursery schools.
Gard Flydal Rorgemoen
Rorgemoen, a bachelor degree student at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, designed the laminated birch stool for economical manufacture and production in various sizes for homes, offices and restaurants.