Unika Public sale presents unseen prototypes from 30 Norwegian designers

An exhibition at this yr’s Designers Saturday occasion in Oslo showcased never-seen-before prototypes by Norwegian designers together with Andreas Engesvik and Anna Maria Øfstedal Eng inside a historic financial institution constructing.

The Unika Public sale featured furnishings, homeware, lighting and sculptural items by 30 designers and studios, exhibited throughout the grand primary corridor of the previous Norwegian Financial institution headquarters.

The Unika Public sale exhibition was staged within the former Norwegian Financial institution headquarters

All of the designs are being offered in an internet public sale hosted by Norwegian artwork and vintage dealer Blomqvist, which continues till 24 September.

The present was curated by Fold Oslo – a collective made up of designers Vilde Hagelund, Anna Maria Øfstedal Eng, Kathrine Hovind, Tobias Berg, Sovei Giaever and Poppy Lawman – and options works by all six members.

Unika Auction exhibition in the former Norwegian Bank headquarters in Oslo for Designers' Saturday
The designs on present will probably be offered in an internet public sale

Their contributions embrace a recent sling chair by Hagelund, a window-ledge cell by Lawman and a pair of pine aspect tables that Hovind stained with plant-based dyes.

Among the many present’s most eye-catching items have been Ida Hagen’s multi-textural tapestries and a uncommon pink model of the Bello! bench, designed by Lars Beller Fjetland for aluminium producer Hydro.

Unika Auction prototypes by 30 Norwegian designers
Clockwise from high left: works by Rasmus Stride, Runa Klock, Oslo Aula, Anna Maria Øfstedal Eng, Kim Thomé, Lars Tornøe and Are Mokkelbost

Hand-crafted furnishings featured prominently, with designs together with the tubular aluminium Alphonse Chair by HLÍN Studio, the curved plywood Trappestige chair by Sander Kommedahl and a hand-painted bench by Story Berger Hølmebakk.

On the extra experimental aspect, Edvin Klasson created a partition display screen out of an previous automotive door, whereas Rasmus Stride offered a set of 3D-printed vases.

Edvin Klasson created a partition screen out of an old car door
Edvin Klasson created a partition display screen out of an previous automotive door

Many designers contributed works in wooden such because the sculptural Serendipity Mirrors by Searching & Narud, the playful Voilá bowls by Kim Thomé and the fragile Pressure sculptures by Nadine Fumiko Schaub.

Lighting was additionally properly represented, with highlights together with a chain-suspended ceiling lamp by Jonas Stokke and an adjustable paper reflector by Jenkins & Uhnger.

The opposite collaborating designers have been Lars Tornøe, Runa Klock, Stay Berg, Oslo Aula, Francesca Giulia Poli, Hanne Kvig, Fredrik Bull, Andreas Bergsaker, Are Mokkelbost, Taran Neckelmann and Frost Produkt.

Unika Auction prototypes by Norwegian designers for Designers' Saturday
Clockwise from high left: Svai by Vilde Hagelund, Variable by Jenkins & Uhnger and Bertil Vase by Fredrik Bull

That is the third version of the Unika Public sale, established as a part of Oslo’s Designers Saturday biennale.

The thought behind the exhibition was to provide design fanatics and collectors a chance to amass distinctive items from a few of Norway’s main design abilities.

A rare pink version of the Bello! bench, designed by Lars Beller Fjetland for aluminium producer Hydro, and the playful Voilá bowls by Kim Thomé
Lars Beller Fjetland confirmed a uncommon pink model of the Bello! bench

Not like earlier editions, this yr the main target was purely on up to date designs which have by no means been seen earlier than.

“The creatives have been invited based mostly on their earlier work and we gave them full creative freedom,” stated Vilde Hagelund of Fold Oslo, who led the venture.

Ida Hagen's multi-textural tapestries and plates by Live Berg
Additionally featured are Ida Hagen’s multi-textural tapestries and Gezzo plates by Stay Berg

“It has been extremely thrilling to observe them by means of the method,” she added.

“Most have developed a completely new product particularly for the public sale, whereas some have reworked an current product and developed it in a brand new means. The result’s a set of merchandise that actually seize the present state of Norwegian design.”

Unika Public sale was on present from 8 to 10 September 2023, as a part of Designers’ Saturday, whereas the net public sale continues till 24 September. See Dezeen Occasions Information for extra structure and design occasions world wide.