Conceived in 2011, Elementa is a Norwegian maker of furniture for the workplace. The company was founded as a reaction against the prevailing conventions and thinking surrounding design in office spaces, and is on a mission to re-evaluate the modern concept of the ‘workday’. Over the last four years, Elementa has delivered desking, meeting tables, storage and acoustic solutions for projects both large and small in Norway. Its clients have included the Norwegian Research Council, the Westerdals School of Communication and the Ministry of Education.
The company sets out to explore how interior design expresses the cultural drives of the modern age and to investigate the ways in which our visual and tactile surroundings are transformed by forces outside of design and architecture. As we advance into a future that is infinitely weirder than fiction, Elementa considers both the inspiring and paralysing effects of advancing technology and the importance of constantly reassessing the realities of the human body and soul. The company’s work is underpinned by a single simple but far-reaching insight: ‘We don´t have to relate to work, design, production and cash in the same way that previous generations have done.’
Two of the design studios exhibiting at 100% Norway have collaborated with Elementa to create items of workspace furniture that embody the company’s innovative, free-thinking approach. Hallgeir Homstvedt created the Elementa GL Glowlamp, which combines desk lamp and plant-nourishing light source. StokkeAustad are behind the elegant, foldable and diversely configurable trestle tables Elementa Un, as well as the sound-absorbing dB oak cabinet series.