Soft Bowl, Liquid Light, Obelix and Spring
Kristine Five Melvær Wednesday 04 Sep 2013

Kristine investigates communicative elements in her design work, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. Her pieces focus on the potential of objects to communicate stories, helping to create emotional bonds between object and user. This year Kristine will exhibit four very different products, all with different functions and made using a broad range of materials.

The Soft Bowl series consists of three incredibly smooth bowls made of expertly worked beech. They create three different landscapes that present their contents in varying ways.

Liquid Light is a birch plate holding a glass carafe and a brass socket for a candle. When the carafe is filled with liquid and the light is lit, the glass sphere works as a lens that amplifies the light. The light is coloured by the liquid and gives a glow to the dinner table. It was inspired by the Cobbler’s Lamp from the 17th Century.

The Obelix vases, in hand-made stoneware, appear to be alive and growing. The experimental lacquering process plays with the thickness and texture of the lacquer, creating rough and smooth surfaces mimicking the skin of plants, fruit and vegetables. The juicy colours and bold stripes stand out with or without the addition of flowers, and come in three shapes and nine colour combinations.

Kristine’s Spring lamps stretch towards the ceiling like living flowers. The size of the lamps, with the tallest measuring 2m, gives the impression of a glowing forest. When the lamp is turned on, the fresh- toned textile changes from opaque to transparentKristine investigates communicative elements in her design work, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. Her pieces focus on the potential of objects to communicate stories, helping to create emotional bonds between object and user. This year Kristine will exhibit four very different products, all with different functions and made using a broad range of materials.

The Soft Bowl series consists of three incredibly smooth bowls made of expertly worked beech. They create three different landscapes that present their contents in varying ways.

Liquid Light is a birch plate holding a glass carafe and a brass socket for a candle. When the carafe is filled with liquid and the light is lit, the glass sphere works as a lens that amplifies the light. The light is coloured by the liquid and gives a glow to the dinner table. It was inspired by the Cobbler’s Lamp from the 17th Century.

The Obelix vases, in hand-made stoneware, appear to be alive and growing. The experimental lacquering process plays with the thickness and texture of the lacquer, creating rough and smooth surfaces mimicking the skin of plants, fruit and vegetables. The juicy colours and bold stripes stand out with or without the addition of flowers, and come in three shapes and nine colour combinations.

Kristine’s Spring lamps stretch towards the ceiling like living flowers. The size of the lamps, with the tallest measuring 2m, gives the impression of a glowing forest. When the lamp is turned on, the fresh- toned textile changes from opaque to transparent.

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Kristine Five Melvær

Norwegian Designer Kristine Five Melvær investigates the subject of object communication, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. She focuses on the communicative potentials of objects as a means to create emotional bonds between object and user. By searching for the sensual essence of phenomena, she translates these qualities into sensuous objects with a Scandinavian simplicity.