Born in Norway in 1982 and now based in both Bergen and Berlin, Siren Elise Wilhelmsen is a graduate of Berlin’s Universität der Künste, where she worked on a thesis exploring the relationship between products and numbers, culminating in her extraordinary 365 Knitting Clock, which tangibly marked the passage of time by chronomatically knitting a scarf over the course of a year.
Siren’s innovative approach to conceptual design and her desire to stimulate discussion on everyday objects and rituals have earned her numerous awards, including ‘Newcomer of the Year’ from both the Foundation for Design and Architecture in Norway, Norsk Form, in 2012 and the German Design Council in 2013. Since starting her own practice in 2010, she has exhibited worldwide, with works appearing at the Milan Furniture Fair, London Design Week, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, the National Museum in Beijing and more.
With a 600-year recorded history, the wooden hobby-horse is one of world’s the oldest toys. By introducing other animals into the series, Siren’s reinterpretation creates imaginative possibilities for other forms of transport (‘Why ride when you could fly?). Designed as simple silhouettes, this range of stick animals is visually inspired by the way in which night turns three-dimensional shapes into black outlines against the darkening sky.
Named for the Norwegian word for ‘evening’, this lamp is inspired by the daily transition from light to darkness, reflected in the black-coated, silhouette-like exterior and the natural warmth of the interior’s unadorned birch wood.
A double-weave woollen blanket with a hand-drawn black-and-white pattern with a single colour element, Ly was developed in the weave-lab at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and woven by Innvik Sellgren.