Designing a language of fragrance in objects, material meetings and gestures
Sculptures displaying fragrance and a play with modern design in combination with ancient aesthetics. The three pieces in different Norwegian granite stone and paper holds singular oils of natural ingredients. The paper structure and shapes reflects the character of the scents. By smelling the pieces the intent is to give a tactile and visual olfactory experience.
Paper and three colurs of Larvikitt / Norwegian granit infused with three different scents. Juniper berry from Norway, Helecrysum Petiolare from South Africa and Ceedarwood from France.
Stone by Lundhs
Photo by AtelierKajaDahl & Marte H. S. Dahl
TAPPUTI AND THE SEA . CAPE TOWN EDITION
Limited edition of perfume vessels and a specially developed scent in collaboration with natural perfumer House of Gozdawa. The speakers gift for the 22nd Design Indaba conference 2017.
"A scent experience and story written in fragrance and object. The mouth blown holder gives a direction of ritual, protecting and enhancing the composition of the fragrances. Dyed natural sea sponges holds the handmade solid perfume made of only natural oils sourced from the African continent and around the Cape.
All natural ingredients blend and adapt to your skin giving a unique experience for each individual. By natures laws this is a limited edition as each oils crop change following the soil, season and year. This body of scent was created with Cape Town as it's muse, moving between wet and dry landscapes, from the sea to the land. The air passes over the dark depths of the ocean, washing over the shore and beaches into the fynbos covered mountains. Notes of kelp emerge from its depths and move into the heat of burnt wood, followed by the warm sweetness of silver-bush everlasting flower, Namibian myrrh, jasmine and fennel. This scent takes you through the harmony of land and sea, the very harmony that connects the land and its ever surrounding ocean in Cape Town."
Scent and perfume developed in collaboration with perfumer Agata Karolina founder of House of Gozdawa.
Photo in collaboration with Frances Marais
Glass developed with Vidar Koksvik from Klart Glass
Graphics in collaboration with Johan Hammarström
Packaging and printing in collaboration with Konsis as
Models Sarah and Godfrey
Scented objects holding a deconstructed "perfume" composition of Norwegian natural oils
Aiming to create a language and rituals for scent experiences in our lives, Atelier Kaja Dahl continues to explore the function and aesthetics of scent objects in the sculptural collection Norwegian Notes. With the functional aspect of displaying scents in the context of home and retail.
First displayed as part of the exhibition "Everything is Connected"
In the exhibition the visitors could smell four different ingredients
The hanging piece Gren contained Norwegian pine
The blue wax and wood shape Rot was infused with Fjellkvann root.
The two table pieces Stilk held a juniper berry mix and a tomato leaf scent
Together the pieces composed a perfume based on Norwegian memories and natural landscape.
Photo Atelier Kaja Dahl
Photo Lasse Fløde / Pudder
“Tapputi and the Sea” is a tale of natural sea sponge, heat, skin, texture, fragrance and rituals. It is a future take on the luxury of cosmetics and natural materials role in such objects. The colored and natural sea sponges visually speak about the scent and is the holder and applier of the solid perfume casted onto it. One applies gently onto the skin, the heat melts it just enough so fragrance transfers.
Toile Fashion Magazine no.1 words by Adrian M
"A far cry from duty-free fragrances sold in airports shops, Tapputi and the Sea ditches the standard formula. Rather than just designing another bottle filled with a mysteriously liquid, Ecal graduate Kaja Dahl turns the porous and adaptive qualities of natural sea sponge into a new type of applicator.
Colored and cast into different forms, her solid perfume- which melts when it touches the skin - comes in attractive glass containers. Sea fragrance allows for combinations based on mood, climate or special circumstances. The ability to mix and match scents could change how major brands and fashion houses determine seasonal marketing trends.
Like ingredients selected for a meal, Dahl ́s prototype holds the promise of a wider spectrum of bespoke perfumes. The Norwegian designer suggests a shift towards greater customization in today ́s luxury cosmetics sector, while propos- ing a new approach to the ancient ritual of applying the essence of nature to human hair and skin. "
Photo, Margret Gyda Johannsdottir
Lean-In is a wall furniture designed for the moments in between and for a dynamic use of the interior space. Wall hanged, the furniture saves floor space and gives new possibilities for interaction. A short coffee break, as an alternative to static sitting or a place to feel comfortable while you wait. The shapes are based on the contours that occur when bodies lean against a wall. Colors and textiles are free to be played with and the modular system including a corner piece allows it to be adapted to many different contexts and spaces.
Producer Materia Sweden, Lean-In earned the Newcomer 2016 prize, showed for the first time at Stockholm furniture fair February 2016.
To order Lean In for your space visit one of Kinnarps showrooms around the world or Materias web page
MATERIA AB , Sweden
"Dialogues in Design and Craftsmanship"
The composition has been created using a subtle balance between handmade pieces of glass and metal rods, through which a light source passes. Offering a double reading, between the sculptural aspect of the structure, whose glass pieces are “liberated” from metal frames and the lights composition results. The latter recalls the very poetic play of light and colors found in churches when the sun hits the stained-glass windows.
Project in collaboration with Vacheron Coonstantin. Realized by Roland Beguin, Swiss artisan and craftsman in stained glass window. Design and concept by Kaja Solgaard Dahl.
Photography, Ecal/Jonas Marguet / Axel Crettenand
We wanted to give the audience a small olfactory experience of the natural perfume presented at the conference. Confetti shaped like two of the main ingredients and designed to swirl in the air was dropped over the audience in Artscape in the end of the speech. Holding an eau de parfum version of Tapputi & the Sea. Cape Town edition.
Confetti production in collaboration with Design Indaba 2017
Silver earpiece with dried natural Kelp.
Inspired by the material research in the perfume project, Tapputi & the Sea . Cape Town Edition.
Photo Atelier Kaja Dahl and Frances Marais
Christofle asked for a modern interpretation of their heritage and traditional silver table wear. With a slim and elegant shape, the fork, knife and spoon, has individual gilded lakes building small convex landscapes. The very placements of the “etange d´or” gives you the choice of revealing them all at once in an American table setting or letting your guests discover more as the meal begins when they are set in a French tradition.
Still life photography by Cedric Widmer
Photos from the exhibition at the Christofle showroom by Ecal/Manon Wertenbroek
Exhibition design for DOGA -The Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture in Oslo
22. June - 17. August 2016
19 different projects spanning from all fields of design, architecture, furniture, clothing, industrial design and service design are connected by a 200 meter canvas with all pictures and text printed onto it. The canvas is draped and folded, covering the space from the floor to the ceiling held by metal weights.
Collaboration with architect Matthew Griffith-Alwood. Graphic design by Gaute Terjesson and Christoffer Aadalen. Light design by Gard Gitlestad.
Editor of revolution Magazine, Sophie Furley asked;
"What will luxury timepieces look like in 2050?"
In the article "Made in the future" we answered with two concepts and our philosophy on the future direction of mechanical watches and reading time as individual languages customized for each piece.
Collaboration with Thomas Missé.
Collages of small visual dishes makes up the patterns in this take on traditional silk accessory for the breast pocket.
The Gourmet collection of silk pocket squares is for gentlewomen and dandies. A collection of illustrations and patterns inspired by gourmet food. How a chef can transform poisonous ingredients or surprising combinations into tasteful dishes.
100% natural silk, handrolled edges, produced in England
Still life photo by Marte H. S. Dahl
Six pieces with unique patterns.
Mouth blown glass, stainless steel, sand blown patterns. Made in collaboration with KostaBoda and Beckmans College of Design.
Still life photo in collaboration with Marte H S Dahl
AXIS Magazine vol 187, Japan, June 2017.
BONYTT, Norway, May 2017.
Milk Decoration, France, April 2017
OAK - the nordic journal, Denmark, April 2017
Elle Decoration, Indonesia, November 2016
Toile issue no 1, The Netherlands, September/October 2016
Frame Magazine, Eyes on Talents, The Netherlands, September 2016
Kunsthåndverk, Norway, June 2016
D2, Norway, March 2016
IFDM, Italy, February 2016
Wallpaper Magazine, Graduate Directory 2016 and Newspaper, England, January 2016
Casaviva, Greece, January 2016
TrendTablet, Talents by Lidewij Edelkoort, The Netherlands, August 2015
L´Officiel, France, July 2015
Elle Decoration, Italy, April 2015
RUM, Sweden, July 2011
Graduation show Beckmans College of design 2011
By studying people who are leaning, forms are created between the wall and the body. The composition of the furniture is based on these shapes. The WallCouch enhance an existing way of using the body and rewards it. It has no attached norms or guidelines on how to use or not use. This gives a freedom to the interaction and invite the body to use the furniture in different ways. Sitting on the floor and leaning, stand on your hands, run into it or lean with your whole body. The cushions in different sizes and forms also has variations in depth making it possible to have a dynamic interaction. Different bodies will have different experiences. My intention is to give a new freedom on how to use the body’s sense of touch and create alternatives to the routine movements we do in our homes and spaces.
This project was the starting point of the new version Lean-In produced by Materia AB.