NIU

Photography by Siren Lauvdal
Styling by Kråkvik D’Orazio)


Hallgeir Homstvedt opened his own studio in 2009, and has since then provided service within furniture, product, industrial design and consultancy to a wide range of clients. His work has ben exhibited in London, Tokyo, Oslo, New York and Milan, and his latest design — NIU, a modular sofa for LK Hjelle — had its world launch at Oslo Design Fair yesterday. 

"In Catalan 'niu' means 'nest' and that is exactly what I wanted to create with the NIU sofa; a zone shielded from the surrounding interior with high walls, an inside filled with soft cushions and a generous depth made to share," Hallgeir says.

NIU is inspired by a box that opens and gives you a glimpse of what lies hidden inside. The design is given a dynamic character — the modules can be combined in many different ways, adaptable to various spaces and needs. LK Hjelle compares it to a bird making up its nest, piece by piece.

LK Hjelle is a third generation family business based on the west coast of Norway. The essence of Hjelle is to create beautiful, timeless Scandinavian pieces that will last for generations to come — both in form, quality and comfort. Together with both Norwegian and international designers, Hjelle has received several awards for their products, such as the The Best Furniture by Wallpaper* Design Award for their sofa Ugo.