Hi Kjetil! We would love to get to know you a little better. Who are you?
I’m a determined, ambitious and curious person from Larvik, Norway who grew up surrounded by creative expression through things like baking and photography. I love living in the city feeling the urban pulse, but I’m never far from nature where I photograph owls and other creatures living in the forest. It is not rare for me to get up before dawn to photograph, it gives me inner peace and improves my focus.
How would you describe your everyday life?
I always start my days early with a morning run or a walk through the forest. The best ideas often come to me early in the day!
My work day is never the same, being an entrepreneur can sometimes feel overwhelming. This is why I try the best I can to do things that bring me energy – like spending time with my friends and family. It’s important to be present in everyday life, enjoy it and take it all in.
Tell us a bit more about Objekt!
Objekt is a young design driven furniture company founded by me and Preben Mehren. We believe in local production, sustainable use of materials and well thought through design that provide great function and appealing aesthetics. We have brought with us some bits of Norwegian design history by re-launching two products from the 50’s and 60’s. Apart from that we solely work with contemporary design together with the best designers we have at the moment.
Have you always been passionate about design?
If we are surrounded by objects that are useful, reliable and beautiful, I believe it’s easier to enjoy life with friends and family. Stefan Sagmeister sums up beauty in a very suitable way; beauty is a combination of shape, form, color, composition, material, and texture to please the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. That’s where you find my passion for design.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe it as a mix of classic, functional everyday objects and unique handmade pieces. I love products with a history! If the history is appealing to me, the shape and colour doesn’t matter. To sum it up, I would describe my style as a hybrid between Japanese and Norwegian.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability, to me, is about making smart choices. Quality, function and using materials that are available.
What are you most excited about right now?
The POM Stool which we just launched! It represents my own values in form of the aesthetics and it being so sculpture combined with the use of local materials. Apart from that I am also very excited to see the owls in the springtime and summer, this is the time to spot new little creatures in the forest.