A lifelong craftsman who studied design at the Bergen Academy and Aalto University, Sverre has exhibited his work across Europe and the Unites States – he presented his Oo lamp and Tuck sofa at 100% Norway last year. In 2011, he established Klubben, the Norwegian Designers Union, with Sara Polmar and Victoria Günzler. From his Olso studio, Sverre designs objects on the basis of his belief that design is about solving a specific problem in the most resourceful manner possible, and the materials and techniques he uses vary from project to project as a result.
The Neer furniture series is an ingenious riff upon the ancient practice of veneering as a means of minimising the use of expensive wood in industrial furniture production. Neer focuses on the decorative qualities of the veneering technique as seen in traditional inlays and intarsia, but rather than placing a layer of wood onto MDF, Sverre has developed a technique that engraves the structure of wood directly onto coloured MDF using a CNC laser. The Neer table, comprising solid oak legs and an MDF tabletop, is exhibited here, but the series will be expanded to include a sideboard, cabinets, cupboard, shelves and different tables – all possible to flatpack.