During my recent trip to Oslo Norway for the DRS // CUMULUS Conference, I had the unique opportunity to attend a series of exhibitions. In addition to the wonderful presentations, workshops, and keynote speakers we saw creative approaches to the design of chairs, lighting, and a public installation in the middle of Oslo square.
The first event was an exhibition of ergonomic functional chairs by Norwegian designers Peter Opsvik, Svein Gusrud, and Terje Ekstrøm for STOKKE, VARIÉR, HÅG and SAVO.
Curated by Master students in Art, Design and Entrepreneurship at the Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.
We were treated to tapas and music by Peter Opsvik and friends during the “get together” reception.
A few days later, we had the opportunity to visit DogA (the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture) to see the light exhibition “FLOW” by students from Product Design, Oslo and Akershus University College.
The exhibition consisted of “light objects” developed in a number of different materials. Some of the products were lamps and many challenged the traditional conceptions of the relationship between objects and light, their esthetics and their functionality.
While walking through the center square of Oslo later that week, we ran across a public photo exhibition by SOS-barnebyers titled “give me a family, give me a future” based around the idea of creating safe and stable family care.
Part of the exhibition was a “passport for life” activity that asked each participant to stamp a small book at each area of the installation.