North Stars: Domaas/Høgh
Norway, Designers –
Emerging design duo Ane Domaas and Kathrine Høgh combines form and function to reflect Norway’s seasons and modest humour
They’re young, creative and ambitious. Thirty-year old Ane Domaas and Kathrine Høgh met during their studies at Oslo Akershus University College of Applied Sciences and Product Design and realised they shared dreams of starting a design partnership called Domaas/Høgh to create quality, well-designed products.
They rented a workshop and loft in Oslo that gets hot in summer and cold in winter and got to work creating functional homeware with clean lines, honest forms and playful colours that reflect the modesty and humour of the Norwegian temperament. They are also inspired by their homeland’s landscapes and seasons.
The Folded set of metal trays and boxes is both desktop organiser and decorative display, its attractive colours inspired by the bold but harmonious palettes employed by Nora Gulbrandsen, Norway’s first industrial designer
The glass lamp series Una is a reaction to the colours and shapes found in the work of goldsmith artist Jacob Prytz.
The girls wanted to develop a series of vases that encourages experimentation with aesthetic still life in your home. The bright colours of these Plipp, Plopp & Plomma vases enhance the visuals of the flowers or fruits you put in, and this creates a focal point in the room.
A Chat with Ane Domaas and Kathrine Høgh
1 How do your designs capture the essence of Norway?
Our designs reflect our surroundings and are often inspired by nature. We enjoy using natural materials like wood, glass, metal and ceramic. Ceramic feels good to the touch; wood smells good, and these materials give extra elements to the end result. We also feel that our products tend to be a bit modest, almost shy, and are easy to place in any environment.
2 Why do you think Scandinavian Style in architecture, interior design and product design is so loved all over the world?
We think Scandinavian Style is so loved because it’s simple – with a twist; it’s easy to understand and can be combined with other styles.
3 What Norwegian food do you love most after a hard day designing things?
It’s embarrassing, but almost every time after a hard day of work, we end up eating junk food, maybe because we’re so tired and so hungry. As for local fare it’s always good to have Norwegian waffles with brunost (brown cheese), jam and a cup of coffee!
Story by Carol Kraal. Photographs courtesy of Domaas/Høgh, and Zetteler