Norwegian design at the London Design Fair

at Old Truman Brewery

Alongside the upcoming 13th edition of 100% Norway, several Norwegian designers are exhibiting at the London Design Fair in east London. Here we introduce you to some of them.

 

Biri Tapet – Handmade Norwegian Straw Wall Covering 

Craft weaving has been a mainstay at Semb Gård, a farm 200km north of Oslo, for centuries. Klare Schee brought forward the tradition in the late 1930s, when she began experimenting with the use of straw weaving techniques in tapestries, initiating a design that remains a timeless national classic to date. Still produced at Semb Gård, the Biri straw wallcovering is a handmade environmentally friendly product made from home grown oatstraw in combination with various kinds of threads. The design plays on the natural light of a room, bringing a warmth and atmosphere that has been appreciated but more than just a few private Norwegian homes: Among some of the official walls grazed by the Biri Tapet are the UN building, the Norwegian Royal family residence and the Oslo City Hall.

Biri Tapet

Biri Tapet

Vestre – The Pop Range

Vestre, a a leading manufacturer of furniture for towns, parks and outdoor public spaces a leading manufacturer of furniture for towns, parks and outdoor public spacesleading manufacturer of furniture for outdoor public spaces, works with nearly 30 furniture and indus­trial designers from Scandinavia. One of them is Kristine Five Melvær (b. 1984), one of Norway’s up-and-coming young designers, who is the creative force behing Pop, a new range of furniture being displayed at the London Design Fair. Designed to create lush, intimate oases that provide shelter from the noise of the city, the Pop range represents what Vestre calls a new generation of designers that are both socially and environmentally minded. “Our towns should be colourful, diverse and fun, just like Pop,” Vestre’s CEO, Jan Christian Vestre, explains.

Vestre, Pop Range, Kristine Five Melvær

Vestre, Pop Range, Kristine Five Melvær

Wik & Walsøe – Christmas Morning

Celebrating tradition, memories and nostalgia is Wik & Walsøe’s contribution to this year’s London Design Fair, the Christmas Morning collection. A 13-piece tableware-series depicting Christmas stories, the designers have imposed personal memories of Scandinavian winter landscapes onto the delicate, translucent material of fine bone china to create a little glimpse of a true Norwegian Christmas. A good chance to start your holiday preparations early.

 

Wik & Walsøe, Christmas Morning

Wik & Walsøe, Christmas Morning

Where:

Old Truman Brewery

 

Website:

londondesignfair.co.uk

When:

Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 September

 

Tickets:

£10-12, buy here

 

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