Norwegian designers at Design UK Selection

 Date:22/09/2005 - 25/09/2005
 Type:Culture, Design
 Location:England, London

Two Norwegian designers have been chosen to display their work at the prestigious Design UK Selection 2005.

Design UK presents a selection of the best new designs from over 50 young and predominately British designers across the disciplines of furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, textiles, wallpapers, rugs, and accessories. This year's list include Norwegians Monika Piatkowski, part of Hive, and Lotte Karlsen of Syncronized liquid.

Piatkowski trained as both a visual artist and graphic designer at The American University in London and Glasgow School of Art, completing an MA in Multidisciplinary Design in 1994. After graduation she worked as a freelance graphic designer, specialising in corporate identity and televisual graphics. Her clients have included the BBC, UKGold, XTV, The Norwegian Department of Nutrition and a variety of architectural, financial consultancy and other professional practices. In 2001 Monika took over the running as well as the creative directing of Hive. In 2002 she received the Peugeot design Award and in 2003 the ELLE Decoration International Design Award for the ŒCityacape¹ rug. In August 2005 she received the Best Designer of The Year Award by Elle Decoration in Norway.

Hive, consisting of Piatkowski and architect Mark Dyson, is an interdisciplinary design partnership specialising in interior design, furniture, lighting and accessories. Formed in 1998 and based in the Oxo Tower on London¹s South Bank, the work of the studio combines the production of commissioned projects in both interior and product design with the development of its own range of Œhive¹ label products. Clients have included the BBC, UKGold, XTV, The Norwegian Department of Nutrition and a variety of architectural, financial consultancy and other professional practices.

Lotte Karlsen, originally from Hammerfest but now based in the North West of England, has been trading as Synchronized liquid since 2002 and she has since been presenting a body of unique glassware products. After graduating in 1999 from Kosta Boda glass school in Sweden, she has travelled and exhibited extensively to gain knowledge of techniques and production and to promote and sell her products and skills. As a UK designer manufacturer since 2002, Karlsen has pioneered new techniques and processes in British glass design which has gained Synchronized Liquid widespread international press coverage for various projects.

Author, journalist and curator, Max Fraser, who is the founder of this event, has in addition to Hive and Syncronized liquid, selected the following designers: Marc Boase, Andrew Stafford, Paul Kelley, Ben Rousseau, two create, Jennifer Newman, Gini Coates, Per Fagring & Wolfgang Fiel, flo UK, WEmake, W2 Products, Susan Bradley, People Will Always Need Plates, Nicholas Rhodes, Mixko, Michael Ruh, loophouse, Lauren Moriarty, Frank, Ella Doran, Corinna Julnes, Fusion, 24, Aline Johnson, Anti-quaint, Bakebean, Blue Marmalade, Linden Davies, Lisa Rochnia, Stella Corrall, Miguel Cunha, Annette Bugansky, Graeme Findlay, AAW Design, Damian Barton, Gareth Neal, Hannah Tofalos, Kirsten Stuart, Mibo, Moluche, Soop, Suck UK, Charlie Davidson, Dylan Freeth and Andy Russell.
The show is free to visit.

22-25 September 2005, 10am - 7pm (closed 6pm Sunday)
U Block Warehouse, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

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Glassware from Syncronized liquidPhoto: Syncronized liquid

Glassware from Syncronized liquidPhoto: Syncronized liquid

Lamp from HivePhoto: Hive