Posted on August 30. 2018
Oslo Design Fair, Norway’s largest design and interior trade show, has opened its doors to over 800 exhibitors and 20.000 visitors again. Here, retailers, interior stylist and business owners can browse through the trends of Norwegian design. Some spaces, however, are reserved for pure inspiration, such as the Tendens exhibition, displaying carefully selected objects curated by renowned Norwegian interior stylist Kirsten Visdal. The exhibition consists of makeshift rooms such as a bedroom, dining area, and home office, furnished with artistic furniture and interior objects in muted shades. Allowing the eye to wander from one piece to another, you find the Ekstrem chair in Gray Violet, in the center of it all.
“The Tendens exhibition symbolizes the home of a new generation”, says Visdal in her opening talk. “In a time where mass produced products are constantly available for everyone, the longing for more individual, artistic and high-quality items becomes greater.” Visdal draws on inspiration from sculptures by modernistic artist Constantin Brâncuși and furniture by minimalistic artist Donald Judd. Raw materials like glass, stone and metal paired with warmer wooden pieces, reflect the contrasts found in modern societies.
The Ekstrem chair by Norwegian industrial designer Terje Ekstrøm with its sculpted, tube-shaped structure and its soft, woolen cover, fits well into the ensemble. It invites to countless sitting positions, making it the perfect chair for multi-purpose living spaces. It’s almost a relief to see some softness and comfort in the exhibition, which, according to Visdal, expresses “a playful optimism and the hope that the future might be bright after all.”
Oslo Design Fair is open to the public Saturday September 1st.
Picture credit: Inger Marie Grini and author