Trained in industrial design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and visual communication at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Kristine Five Melvær is an award-winning designer of tableware, lighting, furniture, textile objects and graphic design. She is one of the biggest contributors of new designs to the Norwegian glass manufacturer Magnor Glassverk, and typically focuses on the communicative potential of an object to create an emotional bond with the user. Torbjørn Anderssen graduated from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2002 (where he now teaches), having cofounded the group Norway Says (intended to promote international awareness of Norway’s design scene). With Espen Voll, he is one half of design duo Anderssen & Voll, whose work in textiles, tableware, lighting, furniture and electronics has made them key proponents of ‘New Nordic’ design.
Melvær and Anderssen were married in August 2015. Undertaken in the run up to their wedding, the Oui Project is an exploration of the notion of two becoming one, via the forms of various objects. This includes a double-headed vase blown by Magnor Glassverk’s Jarle Seterlien, which thus invites both members of a couple to make their own individual contributions to a united bouquet.