2007: En route to Stockholm
The Stockholm Furniture Fair is getting close, and a number of KHiB-students at the Dept of Design can feel the stakes getting higher.
They're putting effort into the last stage of completeing their projects and prototypes. It all has to be completed and packed by the first week of February in time for the departure of the KHiB truck. On 7 February 2007 it all starts in Stockholm!
Text and photo: Peter Klasson, January 2007
We met three students busy in the workshops down at the Dept of Design this week: Sonja Søvik Myklebust, Anders Lerberg Kopstad and Trond Atle Næsse. Two of them are working on furniture prototypes, and one is making a model for an interior project. It's hard to see this early in the stage what the works will end up as, but we get a good impression.
Sonja Søvik Myklebust, a third year BA student, is working on a model concept for both interior and exterior of a building. The task is to transform an old military radar bunker into a contemplative space where people can relax, meditate or just listen to music.
The bunker is currently a desolate leftover in the park at Festningen, next to the famous Rosenkrantz Tower in Bergen.
- I want to let the daylight in through a row of glass-openings shaped as tree trunks. This way the outdoor space becomes an important part of the interior and the boundary between inside and outside is less noticeable.
Also, by use of colours and lighting, I want to give the impression of light filtering through the leaves. I envision that this will have a relaxing effect on the visitors.
The centre can function as a library, a yoga room or just a place to meet and hang out. She has some nice renderings of the interior, but has to transform this into a 3D model for the Stockholm Furniture Fair.
Inside the bunker: the coloumns holding the construction are shaped like trees and let the light fall inn as it would in the woods. Rendering: Sonja Myklebust/KHiB.
Carved rose pattern chair
Anders Lerberg Kopstad, also a third year BA student, is busy carving a traditional Norwegian rose pattern with a graphitti twist into a slab of birch that is soon to become the back of a dining chair. The carvings are not just on the surface, but actually penetrate the wood clear through. It looks almost as the pattern has "eaten" it's way into the chair, or is it the chair that is devouring the pattern?
Anders Leberg Kopstad makes rose wood carvings in what is to become a dining chair.
- It's more of a comment than actually a piece of design furniture, he admits. The chair may not be a product for the industry, so it will be interesting to see what kind of response it gets from the public or any potential producers. The pattern will also penetrate one of the legs.
He is planning to seal the whole thing off by painting it all black in the end.
Furniture that changes
Trond is working on shaping modules to a series of furniture that can be combined in different ways to make different types of sitting objects. It's a basic rectangular shape with curved edges, and it fits together to make a stool, a sofa or a bookshelf. He's also planning to make cushins for seating, but hasn't yet figured out how he's going to manufacture them.
Trond Atle Næsse supervises the pressing of carbon fiber plates into curved shapes.
Check out the website of Stockholm and the Greenhous section
Trond Atle Næsse: Worley Vision.