Born in Lotofen in 1981, and raised in Trondheim, Erik Wester followed his art foundation course at Strykejernet Artschhool in Oslo with a BA in product and furniture design at Kingston University, London in 2008. After two years in Amsterdam, where he worked with Dutch designer Joris Laarman, Wester returned to Norway in 2010 to set up his own studio. In 2012 he spent five months working as an intern with Andreas Engesvik. Wester’s work draws on Scandinavian design tradition to create conceptually simple pieces with high-quality materials and a focus on comfort. His designs have been previously seen at the London Design Festival, Copenhagen Design Week, Dutch Design Week Eindhoven, Designers Saturday Oslo and Salone del Mobile Milan.
For his first 100% Norway exhibit, Wester presents his Frikk stool prototype, a strong and simple solid wood three-legged stool with a weather-proof matt polyurethane coating, enabling it to be used both indoors and out. The seat is slightly curved for comfort, with a small round hole in the centre allowing easy transportation, as well as providing drainage for any water that accumulates on the seat when left outside. It is available in a variety of colours and at heights of 400mm, 450mm and 600mm. Wester is currently investigating environmentally friendly natural-polymer alternatives to polyurethane.