Category Archives: Oslo

The State of Things – Tingenes Tilstand!

Finally our design exhibition Tingenes Tilstand is opened, and it is really a collection of amazing products! In April, we sent each of the exhibitors a box with carefully selected everyday objects (like the ones above), and they were challenged to design a product or piece of furniture inspired by the box and its content. This resulted in 17 objects, by 18 exciting Norwegian designers, that are all interpretations of the same design brief.

We had a lot of guests on our opening party last night, and many visitors today. Hopefully the rest of the weekend will be busy as well. As I promised the entire exhibition is presented on our website  Please stop by and have a look! I´m so incredibly proud and happy with the result!

“Epaulette” frame by Caroline Olsson and Ida Noemi  Photo by Kaja Bruskeland

“Chanterelle” table by Maria Bjørlykke

“Fyr” lantern by Marianne Andersen

“Show” & “Tell” by günzler.polmar  Photo by Kaja Bruskeland

“Tint” room divider and “Bloom” lamp by Kristine Five Melvær. Photos by Erik Five Gunnerud.

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Design exhibition: Tingenes Tilstand

It´s been quiet here lately, because I have some  projects that keeps me really busy. Most importantly; together with Sverre and Victoria I´m arranging a design exhibition in Oslo called “Tingenes Tilstand” (The State of Things).

More than six months ago we invited a group of  talented and exciting product and furniture designers to develop brand new work based on a given design brief. I´m proud to say that in my opinion the participants really are among the best in Norway! In two weeks we open, Thursday August 30th – September 2, at Galleri TM51 in Oslo.

For those of you who can´t make it to Oslo, we will launch a website where we will publish all the work, the same day as the exhibition opens. Unfortunately I can not reveal the work just yet, but I promise I will in a few weeks!


Victoria Günzler, Sara Wright Polmar, Sverre Uhnger, Kristine Bjaadal, Kristine Five Melvær, Gridy, Hallgeir Homstvedt, Petter Skogstad, Martin Solem, Siv Lier, Erlend Bleken, Maria Bjørlykke, Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, Marianne Andersen, Caroline Olsson, Ida Noemi, and Thomas Jenkins

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New York – Oslo

Since my last post a week ago we have spent five great days in wonderful New York City. After being on the road for almost two weeks it was nice to stay in one place for a little while. Also, coming to NYC feels a bit like coming home, because I have been there almost every year the last seven years. I have to admit that no matter where I travel, New York is still my favorite city! This time, in addition to walking mile after mile after mile, we went to Fort Greene Flea, dropped by Brooklyn Brewery (really cool concept where you can buy beer and bring your own food) and spent a lot of time (and money…) shopping in SoHo. We also visited The High Line, my favorite park, which had almost doubled in length since we were there in April 2011.

Now we are back home in Oslo – with cool air, rain, relaxing home life and the best dog in the world! Which is also really, really nice!

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Jarle Bernhoft

This is my absolute favorite artist at the moment, the talented Norwegian singer, musician, and composer Jarle Bernhoft. I haven´t seen him live yet, but I hear it´s totally crazy – he actually samples himself live, one part at the time, and uses the recordings during the song (you can see it in the video). He is definitely a true one-man-show!

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Vakre Bord

This September I was part of a charity exhibition at Oslo Museum called Vakre Bord (Beautiful Tables), where 29 artists, interior architects and designers were asked to visualize their own style by making installations. Vakre Bord is a collaboration between Oslo Museum and Oslo Red Cross, and all the money from the ticket sale was donated to the organizations work with helping children in Oslo.

My installation shows my own table, candle holders and Stack hall stand, combined with the lovely Pinocchio rug from HAY and a mix of old and new dishes. Have a look at the rest of the exhibition here

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Trip to the Opera House

Yesterday we brought visitors from Bolivia to see the Opera House in Oslo. Designed by Snøhetta architects, and opened in 2008, the place is quite amazing.

I love the fact that you can walk all over the roof of the building, and that it is used and appreciated by so many people. The architects describe this as “togetherness, joint ownership, easy and open access for all”, and that this is achieved by “laying out a “carpet” of horizontal and sloping surfaces on top of the building”.

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Miniature wedding

About a year ago we had so much fun taking these photos – quite nice to not have to worry about our facial expressions… The photos are taken by the talented Anne Marte Sørås

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