I first came across the name, Hallgeir Homstvedt, in 2011, when his ‘TOPP’ lamp was first shown in Milan by the British manufacturer, Established & Sons. Since then I have noticed his name popping up on various projects (it’s a name you don’t forget) including last year’s launch of One Nordic Furniture Company‘s ‘Pal’ stool. The brilliant little stool comes as a flat-pack and can be easily assembled in a few minutes without any tools. To my surprise I learnt that Homstvedt once lived in Australia and had attended Newcastle University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design. It’s not every day that an ‘Australian’ designer manages to have their work released by a European brand, so even though Homstvedt was born and raised in Norway (where he now lives) I am secretly proud of the vague connection.
Homstvedt completed his degree in 2006 and soon after scored the dream job of working with one of Norway’s most acclaimed design studios, Norway Says. With this type of background, it comes as no surprise that Homstvedt is actually pretty talented in his own right. Since starting his own studio in 2009 Homstvedt has been a regular exhibitor at international design shows like the Venice Biennale (2009 Danish and Nordic Pavilions, 53rd Venice Biennale), The London Design Festival (Norwegian Prototypes) in the same year and at Salone Satellite in Milan in 2010. He has had furniture and lighting pieces released by a variety of companies such as Established & Sons, Finland’s One Nordic and Norway’s L.K. Hjelle.