Reporting by Kristin Coleman
National exhibits present an interesting opportunity to examine the design culture of a country and 100% Norway at Dray Walk Gallery did not disappoint. For the 10th edition of the show, curators Henrietta Thompson and Benedicte Sunde presented a true cross-section of the Norwegian design scene with works from ten established designers and ten emerging talents as part of this year's theme, '10 × 10.' From the exhibition design (by Hunting & Narud) to the collection of products and furniture, the whole show demonstrated Norwegian designers' expert knowledge of material and craft, love of raw materials and nature-inspired forms.
Outside of the gallery, Hunting & Narud created a playful lounge inspired by the sun and Nordic light with patterned decking, angled panels and stackable poufs in a gradient of soft colors.
This three-legged seed-shaped prototype by Bergen Academy graduate Philipp von Hase immediately caught our eye. Originally designed for a seed center in Bergen, Spire is crafted from solid maple wood and three-dimensional walnut veneer with a recessed porcelain bowl that can be used for planting herbs or keeping fruit. It easily transforms into a functioning table with removable wooden surface plates.
Also by von Hase (who appears to have an affection for three-legged forms), the wooden Trialog chairs are surprisingly ergonomic and designed for reverse sitting with a backrest that doubles as an arm rest.
Ida Noemi assembling an Epaulette frame.
Copper made a strong showing at the festival, like this industrial Cloche lamp by Lars Beller Fjetland [Ed. Note: who we first discovered during NYDW]. Beautifully balanced with just three interlocking parts, the design is strongly influenced by nature and elemental forms.