Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (Oslo National Academy of the Arts) is Norway´s largest college of higher education in the field of arts, with over 550 students, 200 employees and more than 900 guest teachers and teachers on short-term contracts. Our aim is to educate designers and artists with the ability to both reflect on, and experiment in the chosen field and to make lasting contributions to the diversity of our society.
Our stand is designed as a spatial experience. The area is divided by sheets of felt hung on wooden structures creating an active experience for participants both within the defined interior space as well as from outside the installation. A seven minute video of the design thoughts and visions of the thirteen participating students is integrated in the installation.
«Share the thoughts of the emerging BA designers from the Interior and Furniture Design disciplines. KHiO addresses the contemporary design discourse as a curiosity towards the ever-changing relationship between the human, the objects and the environment.»
– Toni Kauppila. (Professor for Interior and Furniture Design)
Read an interview with the students, plus more information about the project here
Photos of the stand
Photo: Gaute Terjesson
Photo: Gaute Terjesson
The students’ words:
«As a designer, I am interested in how people interact with furniture. Can a piece of furniture change how people behave? I want to give the user of my products values more than the product’s original function. In my work I like to pay attention to details because ultimately it is the details that make up the design. But in the end it is the user who should be in focus. So the users’ needs and desires are always important to me.»
– Patrick Gundersen
«Good design is not just what looks good. It also needs to perform, astonish, and fulfill its purpose. It can be innovative or it might just get the job done.»
– Vegar Å. Landsverk
«Spatial design is about human environments and about shaping an experience or a behavior to achieve certain intentions. Many rooms are planned with lack of psychological understanding about the effects the design has on the person, therefore the rooms are oLen designed with too much emphasis on personal preference. Spatial designers make sure that the user gets the right facilities and functions, but social relations, feelings and wellbeing is oLen based on speculations. I want to challenge today’s ways of working with spatial design by gathering knowledge about the relation between psychology and architecture. With this combination I can work with spatial design on a deeper level. I can reach new dimensions in my design.»
– Sunniva Haugen Breidvik
«Everything is impossible until somebody does it. Every single time somebody accomplishes the impossible, the design limits are redefined. It’s important to dream beyond what we currently think is possible, and set ourselves up to overcome the invisible barriers that make things impossible. It’s the craziest dreams that move us forward. Everything we see around us was nothing but a dream at one point. I won’t come up with reasons why something isn’t possible. How will I know? I haven’t even made an attempt. If I don’t challenge the status quo, there will be no development. And just because something has always been done a certain way doesn’t mean its the best way. I do not know all the answers. I don’t even know all the questions, but I believe that if I’m willing to try something different, it will result in some of my greatest achievements. To accomplish this, I plan to play the game as if I’ve got nothing to lose. Take some chances to be where I want to be and create the experience design I want you to see.»
– Anders Granrud Jensen
«For me design is about creating experiences for others and look aLer the human needs. To work with associations, to mould and colorize the abstract. But most importantly, finding the most valued problem to solve.»
– Andrea Kristine Fredriksen
«All objects with a message and a thought behind it is from my point of view unique design, whether it has been made something similar before. It is the designers’ thoughts behind the product that makes design exciting, timeless and historically correct.»
– Cecilie Agathe Kristiansen
«I decided to become a designer because I didn’t want to be an accountant, like my dad. Back then my choice was all about not becoming an accountant. Today it’s about wanting to learn to listen to what a space or an object has to say. I believe all rooms and objects have a voice. I want access to that voice. I want to understand. I want to hear the voices of forgoAen and abandoned things – and save them. Or not. That depends on what the things are saying.»
– Cathrine Andresen
«How can I make public spaces with a greater experience that include all people, and at the same time the including measures do not exceed the aesthetics?
The experience of room, architecture and form are registered through all the senses. How can I as a designer guarantee that everyone gets an accessible experience of the architecture? All human want a good life, which oLen includes giving the opportunity to par@cipate on a social arena. My wish is to work with inclusion; it is a wish that is about giving everyone the opportunity of a better experience.
I wish to contribute with “design for all”, to become more than a political question. I will look at “design for all” from a critical standpoint with an aesthetic approach.»
– Birgitte Rødland Haga
«For me design is problem solving. I find being creative within a given frame is challenging. The process of finding a solution is most important for me, to locate the problem; gather all possible information and to do experiments in order to come up with the best solution. For me design is in the perfect intersection between art, drawing, marketing, 3d technologies and traditional crafts.»
– Tord Morten Talvik
«As designers we create physical solutions to social needs. The aesthetic work we do is a combination of design and function. Given that aesthetics are subjective it is the function of what we create, which is the foundation of our work. What I choose to focus my resources on, will in time define me as a designer.»
– Christian Eidsmo
«Design can be regarded as problem solving, a way to uncover problems and exploring possibilities. I feel privileged because I can work with creating furniture and space, that I can be curious and exploratory in my daily life. But because of what I can do, I also have a responsibility. A responsibility for what I chose to contribute with.
Therefore I often ask myself, and I encourage you to do the same: What is the meaning behind what I do?»
– Martine Sæther Nilsen
«It’s almost like you don’t want to say out loud what you want to do. The subject is so huge so it’s easier to take it in parts.
We as newcomers in the design field should remind each other that we can create more fun, interesting and amazing things than we think.
For me it is important to have a free and open mind. The feeling of being independent in ￼your thoughts is important for me and a vital essence in my work.
With that in mind I can also say that you should believe in yourself. That is important in everything of course. But if you want break new ground it’s crucial to believe in something further.»
– Linnéa Ekström
«Design for me is about improving and solving. With the help from progress in technology and form we move on. With new possibilities new challenges rises, and solutions has to be made. To me the passion in design is about finding the core problem and grab it.»
– Tommy Jørgensen