Founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud, Kneip is a craft, art and design studio in Oslo with interests in nature, craftsmanship and storytelling. With a BA in product design, an MA in art, and a lifelong passion for problem solving, Willumsen is interested in exploring the space between art and design. Ruud – who studied product design at Akershus University College and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and trained under Tom Dixon in London – focuses on the relationships between an object’s materiality, function and aesthetic. Together, they are driven by the increasing importance of sustainability, typically producing their designs individually or in small batches, creating pieces that reflect the processes and materials that went into their making.
Taking weather and natural phenomena as a starting point, Kneip created Weathered, a series of sculptures that explores and illustrates a force of nature. ‘Breeze’ is a set of three objects that indicate wind direction; ‘Seismoscope’ demonstrates seismic movements through the marks left by a brass pendant on a copper disk; ‘Hygrometer’ makes use of the way horsehair contracts with moisture to indicate humidity; and ‘Swell’ visually depicts the influence of surface gravity waves (swells) that occur between air and water. Kneip is also exhibiting the sculptural series Pat Volume 1, which is an exploration of the various techniques by which colour may be added to steel, expressed through a set of shapes inspired by the natural shapes of the forest.