At Ventura Lambrate on 4–9 April, Everything is Connected will bring together 24 designers, studios and craftspeople to explore not only the products and prototypes they create, but also the relationships, connections and collaborations that enable them to do so. The result will effectively be a living ‘map’ of Norwegian creativity and production infrastructure, as presented by a hugely varied selection of prototypes in furniture, lighting, homewares, textiles and sculpture.
The show is the result of a four-way collaboration between Norwegian designers’ union Klubben, DOGA (the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture), campaigning craft organisation Norwegian Crafts and the paint manufacturer Jotun – the quartet behind 2016’s Structure.
This year’s curator, award-winning designer, interior architect and photographer Katrin Greiling of Berlin-based Studio Greiling, has just announced a wide-ranging selection of makers – including returning Structure exhibitors, a few of our favourite names from LDF’s 100% Norwayshows, and a selection of emerging talents. The line-up features:
• Andrea Muribø • Andreas Bergsaker • Anette Krogstad • Ann Kristin Einarsen
• Barmen & Brekke • Bjørn van den Berg
• Gilles & Cecilie • Falke Svatun • Homstvedt & Klock
• Jenkins & Uhnger • Jonas Stokke
• Kaja Dahl • Kari Mølstad • Kiyoshi Yamamoto
• Live Berg Olsen • Marianne Andersen • Martin Høgh Olsen • Martin Solem • Moa Håkansson
• Noidoi • Sara Polmar • Silje Nesdal • Stine Aas & Cecilia Zhang
• Vera & Kyte
We grilled Katrin on her hopes for Everything is Connected, her view on Norwegian design and craft today and how she proposes to top the triumph ofStructure…
Last year’s Structure exhibition was a stand-out Salone show for many visitors – how do you plan to build on its success?
The design scene in Norway is growing and gaining in self-confidence, stepping out of the shadow of its neighbouring countries. Thanks to the engagement of both Norwegian and international players, young designers in Norway are nurtured and given great opportunities to show their work to an audience beyond national borders. With exemplary shows in the past, the quality of work is steadily increasing. This year’s exhibition in Milan once again represents the ongoing hard work of 24 carefully selected craftspeople and designers, showing a high level of skill in a diverse selection of materials. I’m grateful to work with such an experienced team – Klubben, Norwegian Crafts, DOGA and Jotun – in collaboration with our graphic designers Bielke & Yang and the interior designers Kråkvik & D’Orazio, who are ensuring the exhibition will be an amazing and special experience.