While it has been suggested that era of the object is behind us, Norwegian art- and design studio Kneip are infusing their objects with meaning, beauty and a real sense of wonder.
Find below an account of our recent conversation with Stian of Kneip on their work, object culture and on natural corrosion.
# Where are you exactly now & how does that relate to your work as designers and artists?
In the workshop, We try to spend as much time as possible experimenting with materials and different techniques. Many of our products and projects started this way. Stack one thing on top of the other and dip it in a unknown solution.
# Your products often emphasize handcraft. Do you see a new place for the artisan in the present culture?
With more and more mass production of similar stuff, I think the artisan will always have his/hers place in the word - at least to keep craft traditions alive or in collaboration with the industry. Artisans do not only make jewellery and pots anymore. I am exited to see more people working with technology and new field of expertise.
# Several of your products and art pieces explore aging and corrosion. Please share some of your thinking and processes behind this.
Nature and natural processes has always been a great inspiration to us. By working with natural materials, mostly by hand, you get a close relationship to its structure, for instance the natural laws that has assembled the wood fibers in a log for instance.
After a while you get the feeling of collaborating with the material in the process. The patination projects are influenced by this collaboration process. We do our part by thinking, planing and preparation and then we hand it over to nature and let it do its thing.
# Communication and social media seems to be a hugely important concern for most desners today. Do you see this as an asset or a problem in the creative process?
I do not see social media an asset in the creative process, but in the marketing and getting your products out there it is an incredibly powerful tool
# Is design turning into a sort of a visual language of ideas, more than real life solutions?
It might be, it is often hard to distinguish prototypes and concepts to real life buyable objects.
# What will the workspace of the future will be like?
Hopefully just as you like it!
# Please give away a superb tip on ONE GREAT THING to explore on the web. If it was the very last thing we did.
Head over to https://geoguessr.com/ and have one last go.
We warmly recommend to check out the Kneip website which contains great documentation and moving pictures of their objects and processes. : www.kneip.no