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Scandinavian Design for Dummies … Norway

The second part of Nordic design is all about Norway. The country of Terje Ekstrom, father of the Ekstrem chair that we recently bought. The Ekstrem with its simplicity and unique design made me want to learn more about the style and design from the Scandinavian countries.

In part one of Scandinavian Design For Dummies I looked at Swedish designers. In this second part I want to collect information about the Norwegian Designers. Again, if you think that I forgot a designer or if you have any remarks, please let me know.

Lets start with the guy that got me interested in the first place.

Terje Ekstrøm

Terje Ekstrøm started with a studie of carpentry sand upholstery before he went to the national School of Art and Design where he studied from 1964 till 1968. These courses give him a some advantage in his second study.

Most of the important changes in Norwegian design happend when he was studying at the School for Art and Design. Ingmar Relling developed the Sieste Chair and Elsa and Nordahl Solheim released their Kengu chair.

After his graduation in 1968 he worked as an Industrial Designer for the Tansberg RadioFabrikk where he worked till 1977 and designed a wide variety of sound systems.

After 1977 he developed the Ekstrem chair which has become an international success and represents a futuristic modernity.

Ekstrem chair

Ingmar Relling ( 1920 – 2002 )

Also educated at the SHKS just like Terje Ekstrøm he worked as a carpenter in his hometown Sykkylven.
In 1950 he started his own company where he worked as a carpenter in the beginning and later he concentrated only on chairs.

Most of his chairs were made of laminated beech wood. In 1966 he created the famous Siesta chair and in 1976 he designed the Orbit armchair.
Several of his works have received the Good Design Award.
The “Siesta” received a classic prize in 1992.

ingmar relling siesta


ingmar relling orbit


Elsa and Nordahl Solheim

Elsa and Nordahl collaborate on all their products. Mainly chairs but they also design furniture systems.
In the mid 60’s they started creating furniture in laminated.

Their most important and well known works are

    • The Kengu ( 1967 )
    • The Pirat ( 1973 )

They have won several prices for their work like:

1st prize in competition bedroom furniture arranged by Dux Sängar AB, Sweden 1969;
1st prize The Industry Council’s furniture and furnishing competition 1981–82;



Hans Brattrud (25 September 1933 – 16 March 2017)

Hans Brattud was born in the Norwegian town Dokka.
In 1948 he started a carpentry workshop near Dokka which lasted for one year after which he took an apprenticeship at Løkka Trevareindustri.

In 1953 he began his education at the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry. Here there were several of the country’s leading designers – Lars Hjelle, Bjørn A. Larsen , Birger Dahl and Tormod Alnæs .
For an assignment he created the chair Scandia Jr. This chair had eight longitudinal rods in laminated wood with chassis in chrome metal.

Other designs he created were the armchair Comet and the Makki.,

Hans Brattrud Scandia Jr.

Scandia Jr.

Peter Opsvik

A Norwegian industrial designer. Born in 1939 in the town Stranda.

In the 70’s of the previous century a lot of ergonomics experts tried to establish the correct sitting position. Peter Opsvik contributed by creating positions that stimulate regular and unconscious movement.

Probably his best known work is the Tripp Trapp. A chair designed for children that can be adjusted according to the growth of the child. From toddler to teenager.
The Nomi high chair, which he has developed together with Evomove in 2013 has won several awards.

Tripp Trapp


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