Returning to 100% Norway for the fifth time, Hallgeir Homstvedt runs an independent design studio in Oslo. He graduated from Australia’s Newcastle University with a BA in Industrial Design and went on to work for celebrated studio Norway Says before opening his own in 2009. Since then he has provided furniture, product and industrial design and consultancy services to a wide range of clients, exhibiting widely in London, Tokyo, Oslo, New York and Milan, and creating products for brands such as Lexon, Established & Sons, Muuto and Menu. He has received a number of design awards over the last nine years.
Designed in collaboration with his sister, graphic designer Hege Homstvedt, Fauna is a range of four, stylised woodland characters that act as bookends. Each one represents a native Norwegian animal (fox, puffin, hedgehog and bullfinch) and is made from Nordic rock, taking its colour and character from the natural tones and patterns of the stone. The bookends in the Fauna range are all available in two versions: as a simplified, figurative depiction of the animal, or as an abstract representation in the shape of a square.
Homstvedt has also collaborated with office furniture design brand Elementa to create the Elementa GL Glowlamp, a lighting product designed to improve air quality and conditions in offices spaces by introducing more plants into the work environment. Functioning as both a desk lamp and a light source for plants needing artificial light, the lamp is available in two versions: one with a Terrazzo stone base that acts as a plant holder; and one that can be planted directly into the soil of a plant pot. The spun-aluminium lampshade moves freely up and around the stem of the lamp without any locking mechanism, allowing it to be tilted as desired.