Norwegian Wood

Showcasing a New Wave of Design From the Land of the Fjords

“There’s something really emotive and tactile in the pieces he’s producing,” says Henrietta Thompson, curator of forthcoming showcase 100% Norway, of young Bergen-based designer Philipp von Hase. “This chair is ridiculously lovely to sit in, and because the wood is so smooth, you can't help but stroke it.” In today’s film we follow Von Hase as he builds his signature piece, the Trialog, a handcrafted wooden chair created to improve conversation by encouraging a more engaging form of body language. Von Hase apprenticed in his native Germany, and traveled through Portugal, Finland and Sweden for three years, honing his skills before settling in Norway. The designer is one of 10 to feature in the showcase at the London Design Festival this September. The exhibition will look to highlight the sense of creative freedom felt by Norway's designers, that makes it unlike other countries on the Scandinavian Peninsula which developed pronounced schools and movements during the 1950s and 60s: it was only in the 1990s that Norway truly embraced its indigenous design culture. “This young generation doesn’t have anything to prove,” says Thompson. “They don’t have to measure up against Alvar Aalto, or Arne Jacobsen or the like, so they can have a bit more fun and be a little more innovative.”

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  • mozart
    I'm not sure why but I think that I've met the most imaginative,and artistic people in the world coming from Bergen,Norway.So I'm not as surprised as I might be that Philipp von Hase is creating these wonderful pieces of utile art,
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    • August 12, 2013 at 12:55PM
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