Design & Order

Photography by Johanne Karlsrud


While furniture is usually designed for the masses — or at least for anyone who falls victim to the sensation of a burning wallet by the sight of a beautifully designed piece of furniture — design students from the University of Bergen had a quite different approach in their most recent effort. In collaboration with the Norwegian Correctional Services, the students have designed furniture for inmates at Bergen prison.

Focusing on the daily challenges of this particular user group, the students designed furniture that aims to ease anxiety and stress, furniture with a comforting effect, and furniture that is easy to manufacture — enabling inmates to craft the furniture themselves.

Prototypes of the pieces, which were shown at this months Stockholm Furniture Fair, span from daybeds to chairs, lamps and shelves, and they’re all designed with distinct purposes for the benefit of the user. 

Amanda Ivarsøy Kovacs' chair offers the sitter relaxation and control. The tube shaped pillow serves as a comforting addition.

Amanda Ivarsøy Kovacs' chair offers the sitter relaxation and control. The tube shaped pillow serves as a comforting addition.

The daybed, Nami, by Frid Smelter Høgelid has an S-curved mattress to encourage relaxation.

The daybed, Nami, by Frid Smelter Høgelid has an S-curved mattress to encourage relaxation.

Designed for prison workshops: Vilde Sæternes Johannesen's Dypp lamp gives inmates who've been trained in steam-bending solid oak frames a new design to work with.

Designed for prison workshops: Vilde Sæternes Johannesen's Dypp lamp gives inmates who've been trained in steam-bending solid oak frames a new design to work with.

Lena Mari Skjoldal Kolås' Gerrit shelving is also designed for workshops. Made of simple solid oak elements.

Lena Mari Skjoldal Kolås' Gerrit shelving is also designed for workshops. Made of simple solid oak elements.

Light-Up standing lamp by Elisabeth Frafjord Solberg. The design is based on the idea of enabling inmates to build an easy, beautiful construction — something they can be proud of. 

Light-Up standing lamp by Elisabeth Frafjord Solberg. The design is based on the idea of enabling inmates to build an easy, beautiful construction — something they can be proud of. 

Camilla Figueroa's Siksak chair. Designed to offer the sitter numerous sitting positions.

Camilla Figueroa's Siksak chair. Designed to offer the sitter numerous sitting positions.

Imilli daybed by Tora Schie Rørvik. Made for workshops and easy to craft.

Imilli daybed by Tora Schie Rørvik. Made for workshops and easy to craft.