Oslo Design Fair September 2018

 

Panafold stopped by the Oslo Design Fair to see what’s new in Scandinavian interiors.  The Fair has a relaxed vibe and the theme was “Moment” -- we interpreted the theme as a pivotal moment when the Fair is becoming more international (with Danish vendors such as Hay and Fredericia) and more open to the public. That being said, all the written materials and talks are in Norwegian.

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High-profile companies such as the Danish House Doctor showed up well, but new and lesser-known firms also caught our eye. In the Husfliden area were remarkable ceramics, notably the work of Ingrid Kristine Lund of ingridk keramikk. Warning - her website does not do her work justice.  

 Hallgeir Homstvedt presenting his break room seating and sofas.

Hallgeir Homstvedt presenting his break room seating and sofas.

Finally, we were delighted to see up-and-coming Norwegian designers such as Hallgeir Homstvedt, Kristine Five Melvaer, NoiDoi, Lars Tomøe, and Vera & Kyte.  Included in this group was Runa Klock (image above) who we have profiled here.  Klock gave a talk on her multi-faceted design projects, and offered a glimpse of fine new blankets she is designing for Røros Tweed.

We plan to spend a day at the Design Fair next year, too.

More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/155920359@N03/

A contract furniture company that also showed well was Stellar Works. It prides itself on Asian aesthetics and traditional craft.  Like Lund’s website, Stellar Work’s self-description did not describe what we saw.. Think sturdy, elegant chairs, barstools, bookcases, tables and more made of beautiful wood and textiles, or more rugged materials, equally at home in an urban apartment or the workplace.

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Meg Withgott