Born in Düsseldorf, Germany to Norwegian parents, designer graduated from the Bergen National Academy of the Arts and Design in 2006 and immediately started the successful design collaboration Tveit&Tornøe. After designing furniture, lighting, and accessories for various companies, like Muuto, Materia, and Helland, he decided move on. While exhibiting work all over the world, he continues to design award-winning home furnishings with his own distinct Norwegian stamp on them. Let’s see what inspires Tornøe in this week’s Friday Five.
1. Tree canopies
What’s not to like? Especially after a long, Scandinavian winter it is such a pleasure to feel the temperature rise and see the fresh, green leaves emerge. They create the most beautiful spaces I can think of.
Whether it is in articles, documentaries or photos, about biology, physics or engineering I love to learn about science. A source of endless inspiration and knowledge.
Making physical models and prototypes is essential when you’re doing products. It also gives me a lot of satisfaction to spend a day building something instead of working on the computer or having meetings. Currently I don’t have a workshop but this one would be excellent.
4. Sketching and music
Goes hand in hand. I can do it for hours at a time.
This has been one of my favorites since it was launched. It is designed by the outrageously talented Bouroullecs and I love the idea behind the concept.