I met Norwegian designer Vibeke Skar at designjunction where she was exhibiting her Evergreen Lamp, a collaboration with Jens Praet for Northern Lighting. She makes an appearance in the film we made on the day and here is a little more about her…
I am a coffee addict.
I have always had a passion for creating things, from drawing, sewing outfits and making jewellery to starting art school and studying industrial design in Italy and Norway.
I am interested in Norwegian design, Nordic elegance, minimalistic form, unique details, exclusive materials.
I find inspiration from nature, culture and craft traditions combined with a strong passion for trends and fashion. The Lily lamp was inspired by a Christian Dior haute couture show and the Victoria water lily in a botanical garden in Oslo.
To overcome creative block, I try to get out of my office. I go and explore nature, the city, gardens, a museum or a gallery, flea markets, fashion shows, a trend seminar or I simply travel.
I love the final part of the process, when the product is finished and I can finally see it in its environment.
I love days when I can be part of the production and collaborate directly with the glassblower, blacksmith, or porcelain modeller and see my design come to life.
The best things I saw at the London Design Festival this year were the Copper Mirror series by Hunting & Narud at 100% Norway and the Bocci 28.280 at the V&A. The Queen of Norway visited us at the 100% Norway exhibition and I presented my product for her!
Good design has a beautiful shape, it is functional, and the product possesses something unique that stands out from the crowd.
I am very proud of winning the Scheiblers Talent Award in design in 2012 (one of Norway’s most prestigious design awards).
The advice I would give to new designers is: be your self, take a risk and believe in your work.
My favourite colour is turquoise or blue or green…
Further reading for the especially geeky:
Portrait by Adam Hollier.
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Having established confessions of a design geek in 2010, Katie Treggiden has gone on to a career in design journalism, writing for titles such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Elle Decoration, Stylist, Design Milk and Ideal Home. In 2014, she launched Fiera, an independent magazine dedicated to discovering new talent at the world’s design fairs. Her second book, Makers of East London, was published in 2015.
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