Kathrine Lønstad and Cosmin Cioroiu met while studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and founded their studio, Noidoi, in Olso in 2013. Benefitting from its founders’ different countries of origin (Norway and Romania), cultural experiences and professional expertise, Noidoi works across a broad spectrum of product design, always placing an emphasis on usability, materiality and craftsmanship and striving to inspire personal attachments towards their objects, thus increasing their lifespan.
After a successful exhibition at 100% Norway 2014, Noidoi are back with four new prototypes, linked by a common colour palette of neutral, natural tones. Match is a series of flower vases that pay homage to children’s shape sorters. Each consists of a ceramic base with a detachable powder-coated aluminium lid with holes in a variety of geometric forms. The fact the lid can be removed allows the vases to hold both small and large bouquets. Noidoi’s candleholder, Tube, is equally versatile. Consisting of two solid metal cylinders in different colours bound together, it can be transformed from candle to tealight holder with a 90º shift. The pendant light Meld is intended to surprise the viewer through the use of material in an unexpected context. Made from two pieces of cast stoneware in different colours, each lamp functions as an effective means of creating focused light while drawing attention to the unconventional use of ceramics. Meld can be used in isolation or in a pendant group.