100% Norway @ London Design Festival

By kristin

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Among the multitude of exhibitions with the 100% moniker at this year’s London Design Festival, our favorite emerged from the bustling design hub of Shoreditch in the form of 100% Norway. Part of Tent London, but located on a private road off the buzzing street of Brick Lane, curators Henrietta Thompson and Benedicte Sunde presented a thoughtful exhibition showcasing the immense talent and hi-tech craft coming out of Norway. For the show’s 10th anniversary, the exhibit featured a mixture of prototypes and finished products from 10 established designers and 10 emerging talents (including a few familiar faces from the recent Inside Norway exhibition at ICFF) as part of this year’s theme: 10 x 10.

According to the curators, “Norwegian design has traveled quite a trajectory, not only in this exhibition. For this year’ show we present the work of Norway’s design greats who have been producing fantastic, iconic products since the 60s and 70s, next to new talents so fresh some haven’t even quite graduated yet (although you’d never guess from the quality of their work.”

Here’s an interesting film clip on defining Norwegian design and a few of our favorite products and prototypes from the show:

Philipp von Hase created a new genre of furniture with this three-legged, seed-shaped ‘plantable’. Originally designed for a seed center in Bergen, Norway, we can easily see “Spire” in someone’s apartment.

“Epaulette” is an innovative, DIY framing system designed by Ida Noemi and Caroline Olsson, now being manufactured by Menu

These wooden “Keepsake” bowls by Kristine Bjaadal are a great example of Norwegian design, combining raw materials and expert craftsmanship with a hint of playfulness.

Strongly influenced by nature and industrial design from the Bauhaus era, this “Cloche” copper lamp by Lars Beller Fjetland has a surprising flat pack design with just three interlocking parts.

 

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