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Studio visit David-Andersen

What is it like to work as a creative in Norway, today?

I love working as a creative in Norway, even though we are such a small country there are many exciting things happening in design and fashion. Norway has a long history of jewelry making, and it is really inspiring to work for a company that is 145 years old. David-Andersen is still family run, now by the 5th generation; Kristin Gjelseth. As a company, we cherish our history and continue to evolve for future generations.


Why are sustainable practices so important to Norwegian designers?

Sustainability is a natural part of David-Andersen’s presence, and as a designer and product developer we have certain responsibilities for our surroundings. Most gold and silver used in jewelry today are recycled, both from old jewelry and the industry, and there is rarely any waste. Jewelry in precious materials and gemstones are something you keep forever, and is passed on between generations. That is a beautiful thought.


What is your view of Norwegian design in a global perspective?

I think Norway has a lot of good and upcoming designers. Our Scandinavian simplicity is highly appreciated globally, and we have several new brands that produce beautiful fashion and jewelry, with high quality in both materials and design.


What motivated you to found David-Andersen?

I love jewelry, and David-Andersen has a long history of good design. Looking into the archive and all its treasures is so inspiring. The archive ring from Uni David-Andersen’s Studio which we are launching this autumn, is a unique piece like that. This ring is accompanied by an arm cuff that I have designed especially for the exhibition. The arm cuff has the contemporary chunky look of today, with a touch of the 70’s, which is the year Uni’s ring was launched. She is now 91 years old and such an inspiration to talk with. Her studio was so creative and I can only imagine all the fun they had designing new pieces.


What does a day in the studio look like for you?

I have a lot of different projects going on at the same time, so my days are always very diverse. I take the ferry from Nesodden to Oslo in the morning, drinking coffee, looking at the beautiful view and immersing myself in Instagram and fashion. My desk is always filled with all my projects and moodboards, a bit messy, but it keeps me on track. Inspiration comes when you have an open mind to your surroundings.

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