Founded by industrial designers Jonas Ravlo Stokke and Øystein Austad in 2007, Oslo studio StokkeAustad believes in creating value through design, taking a holistic approach to the design process and creating profitable and lasting solutions to design challenges. Both studied at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and were exhibiting worldwide before they’d even completed their MAs (not necessarily with the school’s wholehearted approval). Their highly collaborative practice in the production of objects and spaces frequently earns awards, including the Red Dot Award in 2013 and the Award for Design Excellence in 2014. Now comprising a design team of four, StokkeAustad often works with architects, and are currently designing the check-in desks at Bergen airport, as well as seating and a glass façade for Oslo airport.
For their fourth time exhibiting at 100% Norway, StokkeAustad are showing three products. Making its debut at the exhibition, Secretaire is an innovative reinterpretation of the traditional writing desk, intended to provide a place to hide away from worldly distractions and concentrate. With a nod towards the art deco aesthetic, the flame birch desk has a high-gloss lacquered finish and a felt interior, and can be folded away to conceal stationery when not in use.
StokkeAustad have also collaborated with Norwegian workspace-furniture brand Elementa to create Elementa Un, a set of trestle-based tables inspired by the simple construction of the archetypal folding tables of the 19th century, together with the work of 1950s Norwegian designer Bendt Winge. The project aims to provide an elegant, universal table base that can be easily folded for shipping or storage. The trestles are available either individually or as part of complete table sets, topped in oak or linoleum. Also for Elementa, StokkeAustad have designed the dB cabinet series. The prototype dB series are designed to act as visually elegant storage units while also offering low-frequency sound absorption by incorporating thick felt. The solid oak cabinets thus reduce noise distractions and enhance productivity, without the need for large, single-purpose acoustic solutions that can be complex to source and implement.