Norwegian design in London
Today Her Majesty The Queen attended the exhibition 100 % Norway, which presents some of the best of Norwegian furniture and interior design as part of the annual London Design Festival.
This years 100 % Norway is an anniversary exhibition, celebrating 10 years at the world-renowned London festival with a dynamic combination of new and established designers. Ten up-and-coming talents and 10 of Norways leading designers are exhibiting their work side by side.
Queen Sonja was given a tour of the exhibition by curators Benedicte Sunde of the Norwegian Design Council and Henrietta Thompson, who introduced her to six of the Norwegian designers who are displaying their works.
The festival attracts trendsetting media figures, manufacturers and buyers from around the globe, and provides an important springboard for Norwegian design internationally. A total of 148 Norwegian designers and companies have participated in the exhibition in the 10 years since it was launched.
Light and nature
Light and nature – the most exotic aspects of Norway for many around the world – are the overarching themes of this years exhibition. The Nordic light has been given a symbolic representation in the form of the SUN sculpture, an installation three metres in diameter created by artists Christine Istad and Elizabeth Pacini.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London and the Norwegian Design Council.
KHiB with Friends
The Bergen Academy of Art and Design is also represented in London, and Queen Sonja visited its exhibition KHiB with Friends today as well. About 50 projects – some in production and some recently developed prototypes – are presented at the exhibition.
The exhibition features furniture, interior furnishings, lamps, clothing, textiles and graphic design, and Queen Sonja was accompanied on her tour by Professor Dave Vikøren. The Queen also had the opportunity to meet several of the designers currently displaying their works.
Science and culture
Research, sports, beekeeping and music. Norway and Slovenia share a wide array of interests, and today the King and Queen and the Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, gained insight into several of them.
State visit from Slovenia
Today Their Majesties The King and Queen welcomed the President of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, to Norway. This is the first State Visit to Norway of a Slovenian President and King Harald and Queen Sonja are his hosts.