Exhibiting prison design at the biggest furniture fair in the Nordic countries
Eleven bachelor’s degree students from the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design are exhibiting their work at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, which is the most important arena for furniture manufacturers and designers in the Nordic countries.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world’s biggest arena for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design and takes place this year from 7– 11 February 2017.
Here, students and newly established designers are given a unique opportunity to make new contacts with manufacturers and display their work to the media and other industry professionals. Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair has now positioned itself as the world’s most important fair for Scandinavian design. This will be the fourteenth time that students from the Department of Design at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen (formerly Bergen Academy of Art and Design) are participating. This year, the students are exhibiting objects that, in different ways, are based on a project they embarked on together with Region West Correctional Services in Bergen Prison and Bjørgvin Prison. The students made furniture and objects for the inmate’s sections of the prisons, such as prison cells, the mess hall or visit room, or designed objects that can be made by the inmates in the prison workshop. Some of the students made furniture and objects for domestic situations, such as transitional housing or other post-release housing. The objects that will be shown in the Greenhouse section in Stockholm are full-scale prototypes made by the students, mainly at the Faculty’s workshops.
‘Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is a very important arena for the students to display their work at. In many cases, new contacts made between the students and manufacturers have led to the exhibited prototypes ending up as a new design at the fair the following year,’ says project manager Dave Vikøren, professor of design at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD).
The eleven students are in the third year of the BA Programme in Design specialising in furniture and spatial design/interior architecture at KMD. The students are: Astrid Emmerhoff Lothe, Camilla Figueroa, Amanda Ivarsøy Kovács, Kamilla Stokkevåg, Lena Mari Skjoldal Kolås, Madeleine Mikkelsen, Vilde Sæternes Johannesen, Lea Naglestad Sangolt, Frid Smelvær Høgelid, Elisabeth Frafjord Solberg, Tora Schei