“Ever since I was very small, I’ve always been interested in objects”, Andreas Engesvik said. After studying art history at the University of Bergen Norway, he went on to complete an MA in design at the National College of Art and Design. From there, he launched his career as one of Norway’s – and Scandinavia’s – leading designers of furniture, objects, accessories and more.
In 2000, Engesvik cofounded Norway Says, the internationally recognised studio that helped bring Norwegian design to the global stage at a time when Scandinavian design was largely recognised for its iconic past. “At the time, the design scene in Norway was very small and local”, Engesvik reminisced, “and when we first went to Milan with a group of Norwegian designers, I wanted to bring forward that we were not ashamed of being Norwegian or part of the Scandinavian design history”.
“Good products are responsible products that are available and accessible for people.”
Today, Engesvik’s studio, Andreas Engesvik, Oslo, works with international clients, such as Iittala, Fogia and HAY, to create responsible, long-lasting and accessible designs. “Good products are responsible products that are available and accessible for people”, he explained. From tableware to furniture to industrial design, his work evokes Scandinavian minimalism but brings forward a character that Engesvik described as uniquely Norwegian: “a little bit freer and a little bit more poetic compared to our neighbours in Sweden or Denmark”. Engesvik’s Portrait Chair, the winner of Norway’s National Museum’s new chair competition, is his first design manufactured and distributed by Herman Miller.