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Norway Says, the design trio which started out in the furniture business and since expanded their repertoire to include glass, lamps, electronics and textiles, has put Norwegian design on the map after great international success.

The trio, which has participated at the 100% Norway exhibition in London several times, consists of Torbjørn Andersen, Espen Voll and Andreas Engesvik, and was established as a designer project in 2000. As young designers from Norway it was necessary for them to zoom in on the international market in order to establish themselves. Today, the trio is cooperating with producers in Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, as well as Norwegian companies, such as L. K. Hjelle and Asono.

“The first year in Milan [2000] was of great significance to us. Scandinavian design was in  the spotlight. We were from Norway and a part of the concept Scandinavian design,” says Andreas Engesvik from Norway Says.

Many years of hard work has finally lead to one of the most prominent recognition any designer can get; recently the Norwegians received the leading designer award, Torsten and Wanja Söderberg’s Prize 2007, which is presented by the Röhsska museum in Sweden. Designers cannot apply to be nominated for the award, but is carefully selected by a jury that follows the designers and their work for a period of one and a half year. The award is worth £77,000 (SEK 1 millon).

“Norway Says has since it was established in 2002 been one of the most dynamic and successful design teams in the Nordic region. Their innovative furniture, textiles, glass, lighting and other objects have put Norwegian and Nordic design on the international map, and have won acclaim all over the world,” states the panel.

“A prize like this means a lot. It’s a fine recognition of our projects from a highly profound jury, after years of hard work”, says Andreas Engesvik.

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Mica MP3 player. Designed by Norway Says. Produced by  Asono. Photo: MIR.

Ugo sofa. Designed by Norway Says. Produced by L.K. Hjelle. Photo: Hug + Åshild.

Break bench.  Designed by Norway Says. Produced by L.K. Hjelle. Photo: Hug + Åshild.

Boy stool. Designed by Norway Says. Produced by L.K. Hjelle. Photo: Hug + Åshild.

Tipo sofa and chair. Designed by Norway Says. Produced by L.K. Hjelle. Photo: Hug + Åshild.

Juno sofa. Designed by Norway Says. Produced by ClassiCon. Photo: ClassiCon.

I'm boo"glass carafel. Designed by Norway Says. Produced by Muuto. Photo: Muuto.

Alta bike. Designed by Norway Says, Front Produkt, Bleed Design. Produced by Hard Rock. Photo: Knut Bry.

Alta bike. Designed by Norway Says, Front Produkt, Bleed Design. Produced by Hard Rock. Photo: Knut Bry.

Scalo fabric Designed by Norway Says and Jan Pettersen fromGudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik. Photo: Gaute Gjoel Dahle.

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Papermaster magazine table. Designed by Norway Says and produced by Swedese.Photo: Norway Says

Pancras chair. Designed by Norway Says and Tore Borgersen. Produced by Iform.Photo: Norway Says

Hal sofa and chair. Designed by Norway Says and produced by L.K. Hjelle.Photo: Norway Says

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