Founded by Kristian Aarseth and Jo Korneliussen, and now including Einar Juel, Fimbul is an Oslo design studio specialising in products, furniture, and interiors. Aarseth holds an MA in Industrial Design from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design; Korneliussen is an MA graduate of Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, and Juel, with an MSc in International Business is the studio’s commercial brain. Together, their practice revolves around problem solving, finding the balance between functionality, material characteristics, production methods and aesthetics – often with elements of storytelling and Norse mythology thrown in.
For their debut at 100% Norway, Fimbul are presenting the Villmann modular system of low-slung shelving units for any home or office setting. Comprising nine modules, each catering to a different consumer need, the system is designed to be versatile, combinable and customisable – the storage boxes fit into every unit and can also be used as removable drawers; one unit (‘Trillemann’) is fitted with wheels so it is easily manoeuvrable; and another, ‘Sittemann’, combines both storage and seating. Finished in birch, walnut, stained ash or powder-coated metal, Villmann units are constructed from CNC-milled components, self-supporting (with no need for screws) and are supplied fully assembled. Their small size is intended to allow for easy transportation and transfer between living spaces, enhancing the furniture’s lifespan. Villmann is manufactured in Norway by organ builders Ryde og Berg.
Alongside Villmann, Fimbul are exhibiting the complementary Multipurpose Shelf, designed for the kitchen and living room. Available in three lengths and various colours, the shelf’s base consists of three powder-coated metal rails, onto which wood or ceramic layers can be added as needed, creating a shelf that can be customised for both aesthetics and functionality. Finally, Fimbul’s Canary Wharf Brush is a functional yet distinctive horsehair shoe brush inspired by the British tradition of high-quality leather shoes. Its characteristic hole creates the possibility of a number of different grips, and it is available in either walnut or ash.