Norwegian by Nature

When it comes to contemporary Scandinavian design, the furniture love tends to go to Denmark (Hay, Muuto, Normann Copenhagen) while Finland gets all the attention for its graphic design (Tsto, Lotta Niemenen, Kokoro & Moi). But Norway’s design identity was always a bit more elusive — that is, until recently. This month in New York saw an onslaught of celebrations of Norwegian design, including Norwegian Icons — which celebrated the Nordic country’s contribution to midcentury — and Norwegian by Nature, a survey of emerging talent curated by our friend Paul Makovsky of Metropolis, who criss-crossed the small Nordic country visiting schools, studios, and design fairs to gather a group of 23 design shops on the cusp of stardom. Norwegian by Nature was part of the Inside Norway booth at ICFF, and it was one of our favorite concepts for an exhibition in a long time. Prototypes by the up-and-coming studios (like Silje Nesdal, whose Granit bookends are shown above) were mixed with vintage pieces curated by Oslo-based Fuglen as well as works by more established companies like Roros Tweed and Mandal Veveri. All of the prototypes were having their North American debuts, but we can only hope some brave, deep-pocketed soul will soon put these beauties into production so we can see a whole lot more of them.
Mandal veveri 111255ret Mandal Veveri blanket by Andreas Engesvik
dew_vases_by_kristine_five_melvaer_01 Dew vessels by Kristine Five Melvaer
Vera & Kyte - ApparelApparel room divider by Vera & Kyte

Ment rå råfiler ubehandlet FOTO: Geir Olsen

Fasettvase by Ment
01_HuntingandNarud_RiseAndShine Rise & Shine by Hunting & Narud
Mindight sun_press4 Midnight sun by Everything Elevated
Morten & Jonas17296 (2) Say My Name light by Morten & Jonas
mirrors_big_stone Stone and Wood by Stokke Austad
candlestick_01 Candlestick by Joachim Wallem Rasmussen
03 (1) Marbled Cups by Günzler Polmar