Ekstrem™ is not merely a chair, but rather a stand-alone object. It represents one of Norway’s first postmodern designs. Its unexpected geometrics allow you to sit forward with feet on the ground, sideways with legs placed on the armrests or completely backwards with the front of the torso against the chair’s back. A sitting experience that can only be described as out of the ordinary.
Ekstrem™ consists of a steel frame covered in soft foam and woollen knit upholstery. It is available in six colorways in Knit, a bespoke woolen upholstery textile by Devold. Knitted from one continuous thread, it provides an elasticity which is essential when fitted to the chair’s organic shape. The knitted fabric is soft and breathable and features a classic quadratic pattern.
Like many talented industrial designers of his generation, Terje Ekstrøm had one foot in crafts and the other in industry. He trained as a cabinet maker and upholsterer before studying interior and furniture design at the National College of Art and Design in Oslo, Norway. Ekstrøm’s work contributed to a new vitality and independence to the Norwegian design scene of the 70s and 80s, at a time of significant cultural and social change. Ekstrøm represented a new generation of designers who challenged the ideas of Scandinavian design. Although he is today seen as one of Norway’s first postmodern designers, Ekstrøm’s original output and its mediation is also connected to the ideals of the modern movement and later pop culture.