interview :: domaas/høgh

Katie | September 6, 2016

Ane Domaas and Kathrine Høgh met during their studies at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Product Design. They decided to start Domaas/Högh in 2011 with the aim of emphasising the modesty of the Norwegian personality in their products. Their products are made for everyday use, often employing unconventional solutions and a gentle sense of humour. Editor Katie Treggiden caught up with them ahead of 100% Norway at the London Design Fair, where they will be showing their latest collection…

What's the most important thing to know about you? 

We are hard working and easy going, we have a weird sense of humour and we laugh a lot at ourselves.

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What do ideas come from? 

Our ideas come from all around us. We love listening to music as we work because this makes us really focused and we can disappear in our projects and forget about everything else. And we love looking at creative things – there is so much to discover out in the world, so we will never stop being inspired by our surroundings.

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Tell me about Iben, Una and Folded – your latest products

Iben is big! In the past we have always worked with smaller items. This time we wanted to go big! We wanted to develop an item that could be used in several areas of the home where the possibilities would open for multiple uses. Iben is simple and functional – it could be a table for the living room, 
it could be a piece for the hallway, it could be a place to sit down and store your belongings. This little table/stool can be used for everything from sitting near the floor to standing on to reach up into your high cabinets.

Our Una lamp was a lot of fun to work on. Vidar Koksvik from Klart glass has mouth-blown each glass piece and he is a real joy to work with. He is such a talented and easy-going guy. We have worked with him before and we knew that he was the man for this project. Fun colours and smooth shapes make this lamp a unique piece. Also the mix-and-match concept is really getting a good feedback.

Folding paper inspired the Folded metal boxes. The product seems light in weight and almost looks like cardboard when they in fact are really heavy – an element of surprise in a way!

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Talk me through the design and making process.

Talking – brainstorming – sketching – talking – choosing – testing – workshop – talking – sketching again – workshop again – finish.

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Which part of the process do you enjoy most? 

We enjoy the different stages of the process in their own way, but it is nice to move forward and see things emerge from ideas that were once only in our heads. We are used to spending most of our time in the workshop and love to be hands on in our process. Usually, the sketching part goes really fast and we need to start building our ideas to see what works. We tend to make 1:1 models, so our studio and our homes are full of prototypes.

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What is the biggest challenge you have overcome? 

We are still facing our biggest challenge yet – combining full-time work with building our design company at the same time. Hopefully one day we can make a living out of our designs.

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What defines good design? 

You know when you have something that is a good design. It feels right, it looks good and it has a purpose. The purpose can be a variety of things, from something small, to solving a huge dilemma or a problem, but everything is just right with a good design.

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What advice would you give to a new designer?

Trust yourself. Be kind and work hard!

And finally, what's your favourite colour?!

All colours can be great in the right context – we like colours that make an impression on us and put us in a special mood, but if we have to choose one colour (each!) it would have to be blue and green.

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Domaas/Högh will be exhibiting at 100% Norway as part of the London Design Fair 22 – 25 September 2016. Register for your ticket here.

Further Reading for the Especially Geeky ::

Founding Editor – Katie Treggiden

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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