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Kristene Melvaer’s award winning Blanket series from Norway

mikkel_blanket_by_kristine_five_melvaer_00-940x627Kristine Five Melvær is an Oslo-based designer working with tableware, lighting, furniture, textile objects and graphic design. She investigates the subject of object communication, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. She focuses on the communicative potentials of objects as a means to create emotional bonds between object and user.

This year Kristine launched a series of blankets titled, Mikkel.  The Mikkel blankets combine inspiration from the Bauhaus movement and Norwegian traditional weaving on one side with a contemporary and exploratory use of color on the other. While working with the blankets, Melvær combined her two disciplines of industrial design and graphic design.

The blankets are made by the Norwegian manufacturer Røros Tweed. A carefully sorted blend of the finest Norwegian wool is carded, spun, twisted, dyed, woven and finished at their factories in Norway.

The blankets launched at Wanted Design in New York this past summer and later in Europe at The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture in Oslo during the Nordic Design Fair.  The Mikkel blanket was recognized by the ICFF for Best Textiles at the 2015 ICFF Editors’ Awards earlier this year.

For more information about the Mikkel blankets and the artists other object design series, see the Kristene Melvaer website.
Photos: Erik Five Gunnerud

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