Bachelor exam in Furniture and Spatial Design at Bergen Academy of Art and Design

I’ve officially finished my bachelor degree in furniture and spatial design at Bergen Academy of Art and Design in Norway. The task went through two months focusing on restoring conservated buildings in Bergen. My chosen building was an old school dating back to the 1800′ build after the death of one of the greater tradesmen in this city. As this building sits near by one of the most visited tourist attractions my intention was to increase the quality and standard of the area. In ended up becoming a small scale hotel called ‘Tanks Hotell’ after the late tradesman. The hotel is divided into two categories. 1.How it is run on a daily basis  2.The interior and furniture

Tanks Hotell is run as a stopping point for the disadvantaged, focusing on people suffering with former substance abuse. As they have difficulties returning to normal work this hotel will be a place to build new routines making it easier to find work elsewhere on a later occasion.

The interior and furnishing takes it’s inspiration from the changing weather in Bergen. It’s a Nordic phenomenon where the spring breaks through the winter creating a few days of total sunshine in this otherwise so rainy city. This phenomenon has so much influence on the inhabitants and you clearly see a new approach to life and how to prioritize their everyday decisions. The main furniture is called ‘Rowe’ and is made in metal throughout.  The chassis has been bent in steel tubes, the frame in steel rods and the seat/back is made in stretch metal for a transparent and graphic impression. Everything has been tig welded for a more seamless finish and powder coated with a semi-matte black paint.





It’s the quiddity of a childhood momory embracing the contents of sideboards found in every home. With it’s homogenous apperance in natural birch the user experience is directed towards the moment when the doors opens revealing it’s inner space covered with glowing copper, just as imagined during those childhood years.

*Quiddity – the nature or very essence of something.

As a part of our last bachelor courses at Bergen Academy of Art and Design we were given the opportunity to exhibit our own made furnitures at the Stockholm Furniture and Light fair 2013 in Sweden. This is the most important fair within Nordic design which showcases new designs from producers, professionals and young designers. All the products, the stand and handeling the press has been done by the eleven designers of KHiB (Bergen Academy of Art and Design). My task was to deal with the press and serve them with as much information as possible, whilst building the stand.

The stand is made from used/new sandpaper and wooden plywood. Used sandpaper can be seen and felt on the long ribbon across the entire wall. Also the floor and top of the counter has been covered with sandpaper to go with the theme.

‘Quiddity’ came from a childhood memory from when my mum collected all sorts of objects. As a child I found all these objects so fascinating, trying to find more hidden places filled with them. At one point the cupboards, shelfs etc with the most luxurious stuff in it was pinned down on a homemade map of our house. Even within her pockets lay great treasures to reveal. This is the reason for the glowing inner space of the sideboard, questioning our relationship to our objects. How come I saw all these things as something glorious, and my mother saw them as clutter?


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World Design Capital in Helsinki 2012

As a part of our studies at Bergen Academy of Art and Design we were asked to curate the school’s participation at the World Design Capital hosted in Helsinki. KHiB (Bergen Academy of Art and Design) showed their prototypes from current design students, former and products already in production. Curating consisted of delivering all the 50 furnitures to Finland, build the stand and all work surrounding the press and press release for this participation. My task was to handle the press and inform them about the exhibition happening.




Where is that subtile line between an object owning value and an object losing it’s value?

There is something quite obscure with all those small objects you choose to bring with you every day. Either it’s your keys, wallet, phone, paper clips, glasses, rubber band, receipt, napkin, pen, coins.. You get the point.  How come all these objects matter so much to us when we are in dire straits of them in certain events, but seem to call them clutter when there’s no need for them anymore? Don’t they own the same value at any time?

21 is just an excuse to understand this question that hovers above every single object you meet. It’s a block of oak transformed into small pedestals suited only for those tiny objects. Each elevation is indicated by colour to make it pop, and quite frankly it is somehow fun to make produce different arrangements with the objects.


How far can one go before a products become more of an architectual piece than an every day object?

This is a new take on the whole ‘bowl of apples’. Eple reserves it’s rights to the green apples, and the green apples only. The redness of the construction, and the size of each ‘pocket’ is a means of highlighting the greenness of the fruit in order to exclude all others.

Practically, it’s a fruit bowl which takes up more space than an ordinary bowl, but still there’s some interesting thoughts to be made of this peculiarness.