“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
"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
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
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 agains 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 visit http://materia.se/en/product/lean-in/ Kinnarps showroom
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 and graphic designers 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.
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, 2010.
Still life photo in collaboration with Marte H S Dahl
First edition business card with metallic colors.
Type face in collaboration with graphic designer Johan Hammarström.
The End, 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.
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
Matter of contact
"The Matter of Things" , Beckmans College of design at Stockholm Furniture fair 2011
The starting point for this casted handrail has been an interest in the significance of physical touch. Touching is not only a way of expressing care for someone or something. It is also through touching, holding and feeling, we learn about things: their texture, weight, material and temperature. A handrail is a piece of furniture that will be touched. Hands will grab and slide, bodies will lean. Kaja Solgaard’s choice of design is therefore congenial. The piece is a module that can be put together in various ways. The shapes have been created with respect to the hand – what it can do and what it wants to grip, i.e. Shapes that feel good to touch. The outcome is an appealing visual appearance with the benefit of sculptural and tactile moulding. To support, both in the case of a handrail supporting somebody leaning on it and a friend supporting a friend, at the bottom of it, is a matter of physicality.
Photo Erik Whålström