In an recent interview for Oslo Design Fair, Norwegian designer Andreas Engesvik predicts that cheap goods will become as outdated as smoking is today, because people are increasingly concerned about local sourcing and good quality.
“The outlook for cheap goods is really bad, consumers have grown tired of throwing things away, and would rather look after them. We want designs that last, vegetables that are grown sustainably and decent clothes that can be used season after season,” Andreas says to ODF.
In stead of buying cheap copies or mass produced products, clothes or furniture, we find personal favorites worth saving for. Yes, we want quality, but we also want the story—the fact that someone has spent hours making or designing it. It is both a romantic thought and of great value.
A New Type of Imprint has celebrated Norwegian design and creativity for almost two years now, trying to give our readers knowledge on what’s behind a piece of furniture or the hours spent on a specific illustration. However, we haven’t talked about our own favorites—the furniture, objects, illustrations or art we would like to surround ourselves with. Things that could make a home more beautiful and interesting.
Things we'd like to live with: Macro Anatomy by Nina Børke.
Nina Børke is a freelance creative, running her own studio Werksemd. Her solutions are often based on illustrations, yet one of her most acclaimed works is a series of large wood plates, with several layers, a wonderful color palette and unique, intriguing motifs.
"Macro Anatomy was last year’s realization of a wood craft project I made in collaboration with my dad," Nina tels us in the latest issue of A New Type of Imprint. "It’s a marriage between a technique I experimented with as a student many years ago and a specific piece of imagery, namely the variations of a temperature map of the Antarctic, found in National Geographic. As temperature is a very fleeting and—in this context—unfortunately dynamic measure, the subject matter sits in stark contrast to the heavy and fixated form I have given the piece."