Norwegian furniture design duo Anderssen & Voll works within various fields of interior, but the term function seems to be their number one trademark.
Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll established their studio in 2009 in the heart of Oslo, housed in one of the oldest buildings in the area dating back to 1802 next to the beautiful river of Akerselva, an area that is home to several design studios and art schools.
The Oslo-based duo wants to create products that will last a lifetime in their function and aesthetic. According to the duo, design means being receptive to cultural and market influences and applying this knowledge in forward-thinking ways to generate groundbreaking and desirable products for the clients.
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Anderssen & Voll have been named both Norwegian and Scandinavian designers of the year and have received numerous international awards for their work within furniture, lighting, and home accessories, including Wallpaper Award, Red Dot Award, IF Award, DOGA Award and Honorary Award for best Design in Norway.
Espen Voll comes from a family of architects and artists and says that his way into design was a natural progression from his upbringing.
Torbjørn Anderssen comes from a family of musicians. “I come from a family of musicians. I gravitated towards design from an idea of transforming my time into something that would be more tangible, as well as, hopefully, meaningful,” he said in an interwiew on his design for the Danish furniture company Muuto.
Their design philosophy
“A good product builds and expands on tradition while simultaneously breaking the rules of said tradition. Modifications and elements of surprise, even changes that are less radical, stimulate thought and reflection, also for whom may not hold a particular interest in design. This tiny second of reflection is the window of opportunity where we can communicate with the users and that’s what we strive to tap into.”
Abour Anderssen & Voll
Torbjørn Anderssen (b. 1976) and Espen Voll (b. 1965) have studied at the Oslo National Academy of Art and Bergen Academy of Art and Design, where Anderssen currently works as a professor.
They were co-founders of the design group Norway Says in 2000.
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The duo has designed furniture, lighting, textiles and other products for brands such as Muuto, Menu, &Tradition, New Works, Connect, Compose, Oslo, Outline, Rest and Guesthouse Nedre Foss.
Prominent and Successful Norwegian Designer Duo, written by Tor Kjolberg