Launch of wool collection for EPAL Reykjavik
Icelandic design store EPAL has invited me to work with the wool industry of Iceland. The industry is suffering from cheaper wool being imported, and from the high market demand for softness. Due to the semi-polar climate, the Icelandic wool is of a unique composition, consisting of soft and highly insulating inner fibers, and coarse, water repellent outer fibers. I set out to design a collection of products that would honor the Icelandic wool for its great qualities instead of it's lack of softness. And heres we are, ready to launch the first small collection. Welcome to the opening reception Friday, September 15 at 3 pm.
EPAL, Skeifan 6, 108 Reykjavik, Iceland
The Biennale for Craft and Design, Copenhagen
My palette of earth tones from Jutland is part of The Biennale of Craft and Design 2017 exhibition. The paint collection is made in collaboration with paint factory Linolie & Pigment and based on soil from various fields in North and West Jutland. Photo: Dorte Krogh
Museumsbygningen, Copenhagen. May 5-27, 2017.
ACCENT cushion for Muuto
ACCENT cushion highlights the usually unnoticeable structure of woven canvas. A scaled canvas structure is printed on top of a woven canvas, accentuating the plain weave in a vibrant monotone and transforming the ordinary into something extraordinary.
Launched during Salone del Mobile in Milan, April 4-7, 2017
Louisiana Channel: Colour Diary of New York
In 2004 I began my first colour diary, as a way of sharpening my eyes for coloristic nuances and remembering the colours I encountered. Ever since then, I have kept a colour diary, and this little film by LOUISIANA CHANNEL gives a look into one of my first colour diaries, made in New York City in 2007.
RIPPLE THROW FOR MUUTO
RIPPLE throw uses minimum means to create a maximum effect. Woven in pure cotton, the unique leno weave technique allows the air between the fibers to have an insulating effect, making Ripple extra cozy and warm. It is generously sized and flexible, with an iridescent, rippled pattern that becomes more visible the closer you look. Reviving an old weaving tradition and using subtly contrasting colours, Ripple elicits a novel interplay of function, material, and structure.
Presented at IMM Cologne, 16-22.01 2017
Y Arpeggios album release
Y Arpeggios is a collaboration with Faroese musician and composer Teitur and a project about music and eye music. Recorded by Teitur on piano, the album has been released on iTunes by German label Ferryhouse in collaboration with Arlo & Betty, UK. See more about the project here.
Interior paint collection for Linolie & Pigment
Preview of my new interior paint collection Odgaard Serien for Linolie & Pigment. Made from natural ingredients and historical pigments, the 12 colours comes as tempera paints for walls, linseed paint for wood and oil paint for floors.
The ancient Greek word 'aisthetike' translates to the English word aesthetic and means 'sensory perception'. My intention for the colours was to create a range of colours that relate to the senses in a nurturing and stimulating way. Pre-launch November 2016.
ÁSTVIN cushion for Epal, Reykjavik
ÁSTVIN is the Icelandic male name for 'beloved friend. Ástvin cushion is made in Iceland of wool from Icelandic sheep. It is a natural product created on environmentally friendly principles. The sheep graze freely, and the wool is purchased directly from the farmers. Within a few hundred square kilometres, the wool is washed, carded, spun and knitted, and only natural energy sources such as geothermal power is used in the production of the wool. Designed for and produced by EPAL, Reykjavik. In selected stores from January 2017.
Vivlio wins People's Choice Design Award
The shelving system Vivlio, designed by Chris L. Halstrøm and I for Skagerak, has won the People's Choice Award at this years Design Awards. Thank you all of you, who voted for Vivlio, we are grateful for your support and hope to return your good wishes in some way some day.
Y Arpeggios print edition at Steinprent, Faroe Islands
How do you play a pattern? And how do you define the colour of a tone? Y Arpeggios is a collaboration with Faroese composer and musician Teitur Lassen. Teitur has composed five pieces of music, and I made an edition of five woodcut prints of solid ash, Douglas, beech, oak and elm during a residency at Steinprent, a lithographic workshop of fine art based in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands. The project with be gathered in a notation book, released in spring 2017.
Included Middle nominated for two Design Awards 2016
Included Middle has been nominated for two Design Awards 2016 in the categories Designer of the year and Best Furniture with our Vivlio shelving for Skagerak. Design Awards 2016 is a collaboration between the Danish magazines Bo Bedre, Costume Living, Boligmagasinet and Nordic Living.
Furniture designer Chris L. Halstrøm and I established the design duo Included Middle in 2014, with the purpose of engaging in a professional dialogue in which we explore the gap between our practices.
RITE window in Reform Design Biennale
RITE is a site-specific window made for Reform Design Biennale 2016 in Kinfolk Gallery. The window activates the natural light in the room with an optic play of colour, transparency and reflection. Photo: Emil Monty Freddie
Kinfolk Gallery, Amagertorv 14, 1st fl, Copenhagen. June 9-28, 2016.
Torsten & Wanja Söderberg Prize 2016
I am incredibly honoured to be the recipient of Torsten & Wanja Söderberg Prize 2016, founded by the Torsten Söderberg Foundation. It is administered by the Röhsska Museum in Sweden, to be annually awarded to an active Nordic designer or craftsman. In addition to the considerable prize sum, I am given the opportunity of exhibiting my work in a separate exhibition at the Röhsska Museum in conjunction with the prize ceremony in November 2016. Photo: Mikael Lammgård, Röhsska Museum.
Reykjavik exhibition in Dinesen Showroom
Chris L. Halstrøm and I are exhibiting three different colour variations of our daybed REYKJAVIK in Dinesen's showroom. Photo: Andreas Omvik
Dinesen Showroom, Søtorvet 5, Copenhagen. May 26 - October 17, 2016.
Gelato in the sun
GELATO IN THE SUN frames the memory of eating gelato in the early spring. Instead of framing a picture with a content, I moved the content to the frame in order to communicate the memory through colours, shape and surface. Private commision. Photo: Andreas Omvik
PLY RUG for Muuto in Salone del Mobile
PLY rug for MUUTO is launched this week in Milan at Salone del Mobile, Hall 16, stand 40. The rug is flatwoven in a broken twill structure and comes in five colour combinations and three sizes. The finishing detail of tassels in the corners are a testament to the craftsmanship of weaving a rug.
MIFTAH in Mindcraft16 exhibition in Milan
MIFTAH by Included Middle is exhibited as part of The Danish Arts Foundation's MINDCRAFT16 exhibition during Salone del Mobile in Milan.
The word, ‘miftah’, is Arabic for key: a physical key to a door or a home as well as a figurative key to something new. A mattress is the universal basis of comfort, rest and homeliness, regardless of status and culture. In a comment on the current refugee situation in Europe, we made two floor cushions with the aim of sparking associations to an open door that leads to safety, a new country, culture or home and new solutions. Photo: Andreas Omvik
April 12-17, 2016. Via Clerici 10, 20121 Milan
Vivlio awarded with a Red Dot
Vivlio shelving system by Included Middle for Skagerak has won a Red Dot Award in the category 'Living rooms and Bedrooms'.
Vivlio Shelf System is a flexible shelving in three different heights and colours that may either present their open front to the room or face both ways to function as a room divider. Photo by Andreas Omvik
Reykjavik daybed in DesignMarch exhibition
Icelandic Epal invited Included Middle to create a design for this year's DesignMarch festival in Reykjavik. The result is the daybed REYKJAVIK, inspired by the architecture of the city. Photo: Andreas Omvik
The exhibition also includes design from Danish designers Ulrik Nordentoft and Sebastian Holmbäck, as well as Icelandic designers Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir and Ingibjörg Hanna Bjarnadóttir. The DesignMarch festival runs March 10-13, 2016.
HOFSÓS plaid design for Icelandic Epal
HOFSÓS is a new plaid collection, designed for Epal, Reykjavik. Made from the finest quality of Icelandic wool, the collection depicts the colours of the sky over the small city Hofsós in Northern Iceland during different times of the day. Launched during DesignMarch festival 2016. Photos: Andreas Omvik
KRÁKA pillow in exhibition 'Danish Design Now' at Designmuseum Denmark
KRÁKA pillow has been included in the exhibition 'Danish Design Now' at Designmuseum Denmark, opening March 11, 2016. A conceptual approach to the pillow as an object, Kráka displays all of the pillow's elements with the paradox of the filling playing a double role as the surface. Photo: Andreas Omvik
Colour diary Japan
During a two-week study tour in Japan in November 2015, I biked around in Tokyo and Kyoto and painted colour combinations on-site, which I found especially appealing or intriguing.
Out from my sketches, I have selected 28 colour combinations and made them into the artist book COLOUR DIARY JAPAN, as a tool of inspiration.
RIBBON sold in selected Muji stores
RIBBON jewelry is a collaboration with master beadworkers of the Siyazama Project and Simunye Craft Collective in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, for Editions in Craft. Sales of the necklaces and bracelets have started, and among other stores, they can be found in selected Muji stores in Japan, as well as Conran shop in London.
VIVLIO by Included Middle for Skagerak
VIVLIO is a new modular shelfing system designed by Included Middle for Skagerak. With three different ash wood shelf sizes and a metal frame in three different colours, it can be arranged in countless variations and to almost any type of use and condition. In stores from November 2015, see more here. Photo: Andreas Omvik.
IOTA plaid by Included Middle for Skagerak
IOTA is a new plaid design by Included Middle for Skagerak. The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet, IOTA is aquivalent with the letters i and j. The plaid is made of 50% merino wool and 50% alpaca and also comes in indigo blue and cognac. In stores from November 2015, pre-order it here. Photo: Andreas Omvik.
TAFFEL collection wins two Design Awards 2015
My damask collection TAFFEL for Georg Jensen Damask has won two Design Awards 2015: Design of the Year and Reader's Favorite Design. Thank you to the jury for choosing a textile among great furniture and product designs, and thank you to everyone voting for us as a favorite. We are grateful and moved by how well the collection has been received.
PEDESTAL in exhibition at Designmuseum Denmark
The MINDCRAFT15 exhibition, curated by designer duo GamFratesi and arranged by The Danish Arts Foundation, will be on show at Designmuseum Denmark from September 18 to January 31, 2016. Chris L. Halstrøm and I will be showing our PEDESTAL cabinets - a series of 5 cabinets playing with the contrast between monumental expression and everyday practility as a plat-pack construction that can be used to both elevate and highlight an object. Opening September 17 from 5-7 pm. Photo: Andreas Omvik
FOLD UNFOLD FLY tablecloth
I am showing new work, the tablecloth FOLD UNFOLD FLY, in Kunstforeningen 14. August’s 50-year Jubilee Exhibition in the design store Paustian in Copenhagen. The other exhibitors are Steen Ipsen, Kaori Juzu, Lene Bødker og Line Depping. The exhibition runs August 20 - September 4, 2015.
PALATE-PALETTE vol 2.0 event at Roskilde Festival
Masterchef Jakob Mielcke from Restaurant Mielcke & Hurtigkarl and I will once again experiment with taste and colour in our event Palate-Palette vol 2.0 at Roskilde Festival. The Sour Waiter, The Salty Waiter, The Bitter Waiter (picture), Mr. Umami and The Sweet Waiter are prepared to challenge and surprice the guests in five servings. The event takes place July 2nd at 2 pm.
MINDCRAFT15 wins a Milano Design Award
Mindcraft15 Exhibition has won a Milano Design Award - Special Mention. “For the extraordinary visual impact, generated from an essential but courageous project, that creates a dialogue in harmony with the unique and suggestive context. The project also underlines effectively the delicate relation between craft and industry.”
The exhibition was curated by Danish/Italien designers GamFratesi for The Danish Arts Foundation and consisted of 12 works of Danish designers, among them Chris L. Halstrøm and I with our PEDESTAL cabinets. The exhibition will be shown at Designmuseum Denmark in the fall of 2015. The image is from the opening night, April 14, 2015.
PEDESTAL in the MINDCRAFT15 exhibition in Milan
Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm and I will show our latest collaborative work PEDESTAL in this year’s MINDCRAFT15 exhibition during the Milan Design Week, 14-19 April 2015. The exhibition is arranged by Danish Arts Foundation and curated by the Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi. PEDESTAL is a series of 5 pedestal cabinets playing with the contrast between monumental expression and everyday practility as a plat-pack construction that can be used to both elevate and highlight an object. Photo credit: MINDCRAFT/Jeppe Gudmundsen.com.