Stockholm studenter 2012

Design students exhibit furniture at the world's largest, Scandinavian furniture fair

This year's 11 design students at Bergen National Academy of the Arts are seeking their fortune at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, 7th - 11th February, with their exciting prototypes of furniture. The Fair is the world's largest meeting place for Nordic design, and this is the ninth time that students from the Academy participate. Project leader is Professor Dave Vikøren.

This year's 11 design students at Bergen National Academy of the Arts are seeking their fortune at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, 7th - 11th February, with exciting prototypes of furniture that are the results of a comprehensive interior project. Two buildings in Sandviken, with the venerable "Reperbanen" as their closest neighbor, are the point of departure for their assignment. The students' interiors and furniture should provide the local environment as well as the Bergen population with something new, and also be a destination in itself. "Culinary Experiences" has been their theme.

Inspiration from the students' own travels and experiences have left their mark on many products, ranging from weekend trips to the national-romantic Sirdal highlands in Vest-Agder, to longer stays in traditional Kitakyushu, Japan. The furniture has been inspired by our Nordic climate, which clearly shows in the color palette as well as in the use of light woods. The students value the lasting and durable materials and have used a clean and sober idiom. The works exhibited in Stockholm are full-scale prototypes made by the students, mainly at the workshops at the Academy.

Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair is the world's largest meeting place for Nordic design. Here, students and newly established designers get a unique opportunity to establish contacts among manufacturers and to show themselves to the press and others within the industry. The exhibition has positioned itself today as one of the most important interior design fairs in the world.

Press conference
Wednesday 8th February at 2 pm, stand no V04:10, Greenhouse

Press contact student Trine-Lise Giske: +47 99 48 54 12 (
Project leader professor Dave Vikøren: +47 90 10 53 48 (
Head of Information Astri Kamsvåg: +47 93 03 43 30 (

Staff involved
Professor Dave Vikøren (Project leader)
Adjunct Professor Steinar Hindenes
Associate Professor Eli-Kirstin Eide
Assistant Professor and technician (wood), Øivind Eide
Technician (metal), Svein Orrebakken

These objects are being exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 7th - 11th February


"Nuki" is a robust coffee table that sits right at the crossroads between Japanese tradition and a humble, Nordic appreciation for the forests' finest materials. The table is designed around the principles of Torii - the gate that marks the transition from the profane to the sacred in Japanese Shinto-temples - gathering inspiration from its wood- and stone-based construction. A solid layer of marble rests firmly on a strong foundation of Nordic elm to complete the seamless marriage between Japanese and Nordic aesthetics.

Materials: elm & carrara marble


The lamp "Booi" draws inspiration from the mooring buoys you find along the Norwegian coasts. With the handle you bring Booi with you wherever light is needed. Use it as a single lamp, place it together in clusters, as a pendant or lying on the floor. Place it where you like to add a simple and elegant element with a pure Nordic light.

Materials: birch & sandblasted glass


With folds reminding of the Japanese futon, wrapped in Norwegian wool, "Futo" balances on a frame of solid, light birch, joined together with only two anchor points. Nordic and Japanese aesthetics and tradition set the inspiration to make this lounge chair all in natural and local materials.

Materials: birch, wool fabric and wool felt


"Ida" is a little rocking chair made from ash tree. Her legs have been constructed to mimick the looks of ash tree branches. So she really belongs in the forest. (or in other playful and relaxing environments).

Materials: ash & wool fabric


"Nor" is the result of a weekend getaway to Sirdal in Vest-Agder. The table is an echo of the Norwegian mountain landscape with its sharp edges and layers, made of solid ash wood. "Nor" is suitable for private homes, but can just as easily be used in small public spaces.

Material: ash


"Tinde" is a simple and honest lounge chair, made only of maple wood. The minimalistic shape and expression is inspired by the lines on an electrocardiogram. The chair is ideal for public spaces, but can just as well be used in private homes. It can both be placed alone or in different types of groups.

Material: maple


"VI-TO" is the result of a study on how two different materials and techniques meet. The back half of the chair is made of solid ash wood, and the front is a one piece steel pipe structure that surrounds the frame of the chair. "VI-TO" is suitable for small public spaces such as cafes, as well as private homes.

Materials: ash & steel


"Harbour" is a table where you can place your drink steady and secure; by using one of the three corners created by the extendedpedestal. With the idea of the table top like a water surface, the pedestal isenabled to rise through and become visible. Suitable for public spaces as wellas in the private home, either beside a sofa or between two chairs.

Materials: solid maple wood & frosted glass


ANNA BIRNA BJÖRNSDÓTTIR: Broti"Broti" is a multi functional furniture that makes life more comfortable. It can be used as a sitting furniture, table and a footstool all at the same time. "Broti" is a pouf that has two slots where it is possible to put two tables in any way suitable for the users. The tables can also be kept under it when not in use. "Broti" can be used by more than one person at the time. "Broti" can fit in public spaces like cafés and hotel lobbies or even at home.

Materials: birch, wool fabric, foam, plywood


Natasha Bendiksen Crona: Maple
"Maple" is originally thought as a chair for cafees/restaurants, but can just as easily be used in private homes as a dining chair. The clean, elegant and simple shape of the design makes it fit in many different spaces and styles. It is put together only by wooden plugs, no nails are used.

Material: maple wood


Thomas Wroldsen: Sera
"Sera" is a generous stool designed to fill a gap in today's marked. It's wider than a regular stool, which allows more than one person to share the seat. Different color combinations will make any hall or nightclub sparkle. The seat can be removed to make it easier to change or re-upholster the seat.

The comfortable seat is made out of solid foam and upholstered in the finest wool fabrics Norway has to offer. The bottom part is made from polished steel with a solid wooden base. These materials can also be changed depending on the environment. "Sera" is developed for the public market, but can also be used for the home market.

Published: 1/31/2012 by Astri Kamsvåg Updated: 3/19/2015 by admin