Kunstnernes Hus

This autumn Victoria Günzler and I have worked on an exciting project doing furniture and interior work for Kunstnernes Hus, which is one of the biggest contemporary art institutions in Norway. The foundation and gallery is located in an incredible modernist building from 1930, designed by architects Gudolf Blakstad og Herman Munthe-Kaas. Earlier this year the building was actually named Norways most important public building, because of it´s great architecture.

In the entrance hall there is a front desk along with a restaurant and bar, and we were asked to do some work in this area. The room itself is really beautiful, with window bands along the top of all the walls, a characteristic red roof, patterned marble floor, and enormous glass sphere lamps. Our goal was to make the interior of the big space more connected, to add warmth, and to create an atmosphere that encourage people to use the room in a more laid-back and relaxed manner.

They wanted to change the bar counters, but limited time and budget made it necessary to keep the construction and just work on the visual appearance. Our work included designing new covering for the counters, with a composition of big tiles made of white and gray pigmented plywood. We also designed a new wardrobe, a bookshelf on wheels, and bar tables, and chose new sofas and bar stools. It was fantastic to get to work with such an amazing space, and to try to come up with solutions that highlight and underline the existing architecture.

We had the sofabench and barstools reuphostered in “Remix” fabric by Kvadrat, in different shades of grays and black

The bookshelf is built by a cabinet maker from our drawings. It´s mainly for displaying magazines and exhibition catalogues. It´s made like a trolley, with handles and wheels, so that it can be wheeled away or turned around in order to make the content inaccessable at night when the exhibition is closed.

The sofa is Playback by Offecct, uphostered in “Remix” fabric by Kvadrat


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