Monthly talks with designers, artists, scientists and psychonauts about making stuff, nature, consciousness, technology and more.
For every person on Earth there are 200 million insects. Yet their numbers are dwindling and without insects, people and animals would die. Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson has written the book “Extraordinary Insects: Weird. Wonderful. Indispensable. The ones who run our world”. Elementa had a talk with the much sought-after biology professor about how and why our future depends on these life forms.
The Climate Festival § 112 of January 2019 is a broad climate celebration that encourages and inspires people to support political measures to ensure a sustainable future. Elementa had a talk with Anders Selstrøm Moe, one of the driving forces behind the festival.
Fremja is a new social therapeutic initiative in Norway for youths and grown-ups that for different reasons need adapted work or living situations. Frode Wendelboe is one of the founders and call himself an artist of care. We had a talk about the need to merge ecological and social work and why the solutions are interdependent.
The Global Seed Vault, situated deep in the permafrost of Svalbard is celebrating its 10 years aniversary this year. We have spoken to Seed Vault Coordinator Åsmund Asdal about the importance of storing original seeds safely in an unstable world.
Nicanor Perlas is a global activist, writer and speaker and regarded as one of the most remarkable leaders of the peoples movements of today.
In the midst of his active existence Perlas graciously took the time to talk to Elementa about what he sees as being the most crucial concern of our times.
Oslo is one of the rare capitals in the world that have an official City Farmer. Andreas Capjon has a passion for soil. We had a talk with him about why it matters. Also for you.
According to The New York Times List of Top New Food Words: CLIMATARIAN (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. When 2017 arose, Cecilie Dawes, green entrepreneur and founder of Food Studio, had decided that she wanted to actually do it. She wanted to walk the talk.
The earth is alive, we know it intuitively - but can it be scientifically proved? And even more important, can it be experienced?
We have had the honor and pleasure of talking to eco scientist Stephan Harding about the present status of Gaia science and about how we can connect to the living presence of the Earth.
In a basement in Storgata in Oslo, old bikes from containers and roadsides are being transformed into beautiful and durable bikes that inhabit the norwegian capital. Retour is a new and social responsible bike workshop that not only creates wonderful steel frames on wheels but also creates jobs and meaning for young people.
Daniel Eugene Lacey-McDermott - better known as Captain Credible, is an uncompromising Norwegian electronic artist that has been pushing the limits of electronic music releases and building his own hacked instruments since 2008.
Dimension 10 is an Oslo-based tech startup working to revolutionize the workflow for architects, engineers and designers with an app that makes it possible to work with 3D models in a realtime virtual environment. The Elementa Blog went to meet up with founder Aleksander Langmyhr to learn about their product and the future of VR.
Eriksen Skajaa is a small Oslo based architecture studio founded by Joakim Skajaa and Arild Eriksen. By focusing on people in their work they have been able to create human friendly city development and living environments in both larger and smaller scale. We headed down to their beautiful office in Oslo to have a talk with Joakim and Arild about their approach to architecture.
Teenage engineering is one of the guiding stars in innovative, disruptive and quirky synthesizers and audio products. For the past 12 years they have pushed the limits for what synthesizers are and kept surprising the world with their wrinkled minds and strange creations born in a garage in the Swedish capital.
We had the honor of speaking with co-founder David Möllerstedt and pick his brain on their creative process and on the future of music.
Nils Faarlund is a legendary Norwegian eco-philosopher, mountaineer and a great friend of nature. We spoke to him about the Norwegian term for outdoors life, Friluftsliv, natural materials and design.
# How would you explain the Norwegian term friluftsliv to English speakers?
In my opinion, outdoor activities in modern societies are responses to the stress, boredom and effort for building identity caused by an urban lifestyle.
Growlab is a small design studio truly dedicated to find new ways of making our cities better and more sustainable. Mads Pålsrud and Tabea Glahs founded Growlab in 2012 with a shared passion for solving social issues with design thinking. We went to talk to Mads and Tabea about how they use design and what they want to achieve with their approach.
Danish design blog Scandinavian Standards have recently interviewed Jonas Stokkeabout the process behind the Elementa UN Divided furniture system.
Jens Dyvik is a dedicated designer and an advocate for communal workshops. For two years Jens has been visiting, and working, in more than 30 different Fab labs, makerspaces and hackerspaces around the world, while making the documentary “Making Living Sharing”. Now Jens is one of the forces behind Fellesverkstedet in Oslo, and an expert in digital fabrication, so we went to fellesverkstedet to talk with Jens about the maker movement, and the importance of sharing your ideas and designs.
Nils Faarlund er en legendarisk norsk tenker, tindevegleder og naturvenn. Han er grunnleggeren av Norges Høgfjellsskole, gammel taukamerat av Arne Næss - og litt av en grufull klegg for de av oss som lider under vrangforestillingen om at vi kan forbruke oss ut av gjørma.
Vi har snakket med Nils om vesentligheten av å skille mellom miljøvern og naturvern, om stillhet og om hva vi som designere kan lære av naturen.
Norwegian psychologist and author Per Espen Stoknes is - in our opinion among the most interesting figures on the international green scene.
A true Reality Hacker, he has found his way into the heart of the Norwegian Business School (BI) - and has collaborated with forces as diverse as Jørgen Randers and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has also authored several books on climate change, money and psychology - including his latest book What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming.
How do birds coordinate in flocks? How does a pine cone open and close depending on the weather? How do animals keep themselves warm? And how does all this relate to how we design our worlds?
We recently had Nina Havermans and Michel Wolfstirn over for an inspiring lunch presentation at Elementa. They run Biomimicry Norway together- an Oslo based non-profit seeking to explore and promote the practice of nature-inspired innovation.
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.
In occasion of the opening of the Elementa studio space we recently had the chance to chat with Stockholm-based designers Prang Lerttaweewit and Paulo Barcelos - who have co-created the magical 31T concept.
Prang studied as an experience designer at Konstfack and runs Another New Design Studio and has been approaching themes like food, caring for elders and funerary practices in fresh ways.
The notion of wood as the ultimate sustainable material has been a major part of the narrative of the Scandinavian Design movement. Obviously, in reality it is a complex matter - and the opionions are varied, depending on who you ask.
The Elementa blog have recently had the exciting pleasure to chat with scientist and activist Trude Myhre of WWF, whose daily work is to fight for the preservation of the unique old-growth forests in Norway - many of which are seriously threatened.
Peter Opsvik is undoubtedly among the most original contributors in post war furniture design. Throughout his career he has been unbendable in his endeavors to rethink how we organize our bodies in space and gravity.
Elementa recently had the pleasure to pay an inspiring visit to Peter in his studio and ask him a couple of questions on work, art and design.
Runa Klock is a Norwegian designer working with a mindful approach to product design. She is also probably one of the most energetic people we know, with an unusual ability to juggle several ambitious projects in the same time.
We asked Runa a few personal and not so personal questions about the transformation of Work, space and social design.
Tara Shi is a designer making social apps and gadgets with Disk Cactus, an art and tech studio based in Oakland, California.
Tara recently met with the Elementa team while visiting Oslo on a project to document her practice of walking, inspired by Norway’s Slow TV.
Hunting & Narud is a Norwegian born design practice exiled in London. Approaching traditional materials and processes with a fresh take, they have produced some of the most breathtakingly beautiful furniture to come out of Norway the last years.
We have chatted with Amy on the Dreams and Work of Hunting & Narud - and the Future of Work.
Run by Theo Tveterås and Lars Marcus Vedeler, Skrekkøgle is a different voice in the Norwegian design scene, exploring technology and tactility, often bordering on art. The Skrekkøgle website, which features selected projects and an inspiring web shop, is a real treasure house of quirky design ideas, eloquently formulated and always with an element of surprise.
The Elementa Blog have talked to Theo about the future of work, their own work - and the role of design in addressing real problems, be they small, big or medium sized.