Maison&Objet headed North to discover six new talents that presents some of their new projects at TALENTS À LA CARTE, the exhibition and platform dedicated to emerging designers. This year selection includes Jonas Edvard (above) and Troels Flensted from Denmark, Katriina Nuutinen from Finland, Studio Kneip from Norway, Swedish duo Färg & Blanche and Icelandic designer Kjartan Oskarsson.
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Danish talent Troels Flensted showcases the Poured Bowl collection of hand-casted tablewares. The designs are made from mineral powder and water-based acrylic polymer with a small amount of pigment added before the material is poured into the mould.
Born in 1987, Troels Flensted graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. After graduating in 2014, he moved back to his native country, Denmark and started his own studio.
Oslo based Kneip Studio explored colours and surfaces working on steel with different techniques. The designers applied chemical products to activate metal oxidation and obtain new patterns. The result is a series of sculptures that reminds Kneip’s main inpirations: nature, weather and geometry.
Kneip is a craft, design and art studio founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud. “We are interested in telling stories through our objects and have a high focus on quality” say the designers.
Icelandic designer Kjartan Oskarsson presents Halo, an innovative O-shaped lighting with an invisible dimmer that works by pulling a leather strap. The strap runs around a wooden ring that rotates gradually switching on and off a hidden LED light.
Kjartan Oskarsson studied Interior Design at the Istituto Superiore di Architettura e Design (ISAD), in Milan, and graduated with a Master’s degree in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), in the USA.
Färg & Blanche presented The Succession Mirrors, a series of mirrors wrapped by a leather and textile frame that has been tied with ropes and then baked. The ropes were then cut after, creating a soft-looking shape with a distinct character. The new designs are part of the Succession collection that comprises also animal looking stools, upholstered tables and cabinet, and ceramic tableware.
Stockholm based design studio Färg & Blanche was founded in 2010 by the Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche. As a studio, they work across a wide variety of fields, collaborating with established Swedish furniture brands, as well as producing their own collections and limited art pieces for galleries in Milan, New York and Tokyo.
Finnish designer Katriina Nuutinen presents the Hely jewel lamp, a delicate composition of blown-glass bubbles in different colours that are held by a wire like a necklace. Since graduating from the School of Arts and Design at Aalto University in Helsinki, the designer worked with materials such as wood, metal, leather and textiles but specialised in glass and ceramics.
Katriina Nuutinen new collections include glass-blown tableware with rounded asymmetrical shapes and glass containers and jars with wooden parts.