In an effort to write about the best art, design and fashion from the Nordic Region, lifeiscarbon® has just returned from a visit to Ambiente in Frankfurt. Ever on the look out for the best new designs from Scandinavia, we were not disappointed and will be sharing our favorite finds with you in the near future. Beginning with the latest offerings from one of favorite young designers from the region, Jenk Design Office.
Jenk is an Oslo based design office specializing in the visualisation, development and realisation of every day products and 3 dimensional objects. Despite being based in Norway, Jenk was founded by the British designer Thomas Jenkins who has previously designed for Dyson in the UK and Frost Product in Norway.
Jenkins´ work at Dyson involved designing for floorcare, laundry and new product streams. During his time at Frost Produkt, Jenkins created designs for a wide range of products, from post boxes for the Norwegian Post Office to Smart Bike systems in Barcelona, Stockholm and Oslo. His work has been exhibited at 100% Design in London, Ambiente Talents in Frankfurt and Salone Satellite in Milan.
Take a look below at some our favorite designs from Jenk´s recent work:
Slot Boks (Bookcase)
Inspired by the stacks of magazines and newspapers in most living rooms, Slot Boks is an open back bookcase with an integrated cord that holds the contents neatly in place.
The design utilises simple mitre joints, strengthened with an equal angle ‘L’ section to regain stability lost by removing the back of a typical box. The introduction of this detail allows for an opening between the front and rear sections. This slot, from which the product takes its name, is used as a guide for the moveable organiser cord.
Natta (Bedside Table and Drawer)
Named after the Norwegian slang for “good night”, Natta is a bedside table with an integrated light. The wall against which the light is placed acts as a reflector to create a soft light perfect for reading in a sleeping environment.
Activated via a pull cord, the low voltage LED light is integrated into the back of the top unit. The amount of light emitted can be controlled by adjusting the distance between the stand and the wall. The range currently has two variants, a simple table top and a small draw unit, both in birch plywood. These are mounted to a stable steel base finished in black.
Module Two (Glass Tumblers)
Taking inspiration from both artisan hand cut crystal and mechanised gear cutting techniques. The glasses have a look and feel that compliments the technique and tradition of single malt whiskey distillers. Each pair of glasses has a opposing helical gear profile cut into it so they mesh perfectly together. The series takes its name from the engineering term for the gear size used.
Spillo (Back Brush)
A set of body care brushes designed for Iris Hantverk of Sweden – a manufacturer that employs visually impaired craftsmen to produce high quality products.
The series takes its name from the Italian for pin (spillo) which is used in the joinery detail that fixes the handle to the head. Designed to meet the specific requirements of the Hantverk manufacturing brief and keep production costs low, the range has only 5 separate parts. Different hair types and cutting techniques are used to give each brush a unique feel and use.