Now under the capable stewardship of the Bergen Academy of Art and Design, 100% Norway was back at the London Design Festival for the 11th time – and this year’s exhibition, as part of Tent London, was a stunning showcase of 62 new designers. “The last months, weeks, and days have been crazy: now I’m overwhelmed that the exhibition has been so well received!” said Professor Dave Vikøren on opening night.
Sting by Aud Julie Befring brings together two of Norway’s oldest traditions, embroidery and log building. The seat-slash-storage-box is made from birchwood with a double cross-stitch top in wool.
Stix is a coffee table by Torsteinsen Design. Husband and wife team Fredik and Solveig Torsteinsen said of the design, “A simple pile of sticks, intertwined and suspected in haphazard chaos, can come together to form a scultpure of unexpected beauty. A modest puddle of rain water, offering a sudden glimpse of sky, can lift the soul.”
A tribute to Hans J Wegner’s Peacock chair, Peacock by Caroline Olsson is a candle holder for a tea light or tall candle, whose faceted design reflects the light and plays with shadows to create a dynamic effect.
Angell, Wyller and Aarseth’s Saddle chair has a wooden frame and leather cushions which feature oversized pockets for tucking tablets, magazines, and TV remotes into. The Oslo-based design collective comprises Christoffer Angell, Øyvind Wyller, and Simen Aarseth.
Runa Klock’s simple triangular chopping boards, inspired by Norway’s rugged western coast, come together to form a mountain range scene in your kitchen.
Boo is an anthropomorphic little light by final year Masters student Hedda Torgersen. Both its head, made from Corian or porcelain, and its ash legs are adjustable, allowing the user to help shape its character, and thus, Hedda hopes, form a stronger bond with it – elongating its lifespan.
Pulse by Noidoi is a multifunctional daybed for our increasingly multipurpose spaces. The mattress folds back to reveal a removable tray, underneath which is a magazine rack.
Andreas Engesvik’s Bunad Blankets are inspired by Norway’s traditional dress, still worn with pride on celebratory occasions such as weddings, folk dances, and Norway’s national day on May 17th.
Finally, the Mindful Eating Series by Camilla Akersveen is designed to engage people with eating more – insulated tableware enables the user to comfortably hold a bowl in their hands and feel its warmth.