After two very long years Milan Design Week has made its much-anticipated return, but as always it was the Nordic names heading to Italy that I had my eye on; and one in-particular caught my attention, Fjordfiesta.
Part of ‘Norwegian Presence’, an annual exhibition led by the government-funded foundation, Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA), it was here that Fjordfiesta launched their new Sverre Fehn Collection and it’s full of the Nordic design details I love.
Established in 2004 by architect Pål Lunder, Fjordfiesta is based on the beautiful west coast of Norway, and this never-seen-before selection of furniture by the esteemed Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn, is the first time it has been made available to a wider audience having been originally designed for specific houses and villas.
Developed in close collaboration with Fehn’s family and the Fehn administration, which was established after his death in 2009, the objects made from Norwegian pine reflect Fehn’s poetic and rational approach to architecture, offering a taste of a wider collection still to come.
During his lifetime, Sverre Fehn who was born in Kongsberg in 1924, both studied and taught at the Architectural School of Oslo. In the early 1950s he travelled extensively to Morocco and spent time in Paris working and studying at architect and designer Jean Prouvé’s office. Both experiences went on to greatly influence his own practice, which he established in Oslo in 1953.
For this collection Fjordfiesta have selected pieces from three highlights of his career; The Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1962), Villa Schreiner in Norway (1963) and Villa Norrköping in Sweden (1964).
With their passion for developing contemporary furniture, as well as reintroducing celebrated heritage pieces from the past, Fjordfiesta are certainly showcasing Norway’s distinctive take on design to a new audience.
To find out more about the Sverre Fehn Collection, visit the Fjordfiesta website, or alternatively, read more about all those involved in the Norwegian Presence exhibition.
Images courtesy of Fjordfiesta, photography by Lasse Fløde and with styling by Kråkvik & D’Orazio.
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