Kristine Bjaadal is an Oslo-based Norwegian designer whose work combines the functional with the sculptural. In her work she focuses on everyday life; her practice is driven by the desire to turn daily routine into rituals that can be appreciated. Her works have a poetic quality where use of materials and design united give associations to sculpture as well as to their intended use.
Bjaadal’s work spans from product design for commercial clients to handmade small scale production of crafts objects.
Bjaadal holds a Master’s degree in design from Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and have also been a designer in residence, tutor and examiner there. Since she set up her studio in 2010, Bjaadal has exhibited internationally and her work has drawn widespread attention in the design press. In 2013 and 2016 she was given an artist’s grant from Arts Council Norway.
She shares her studio space – Studio Prindsen – with fellow Klubben members Runa Klock, Sverre Uhnger and Silje Nesdal in an historical building in the very centre of Oslo. Designer Hallgeir Homstvedt and furniture brand Elementa are also based in the same building.
Member of Klubben and The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts (NK).
EXHIBITIONS, GRANTS, AWARDS (excerpt):
2017: A Colour Composition – New Norwegian Design. Exhibition at Norwegian Embassy in Stockholm. February.
2017: Norwegian Structure. Exhibition at Königlich Norwegische Botschaft in Berlin. February – April.
2016: The Logic of the Local. Norwegian and Polish Contemporary Design. Exhibition at International Culture Centre i Krakow. Curated by Solveig Lønmo (Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum). December 2016 – March 2017.
2016: Norway Designs NÅ, Vol. 3 – Seksten. Exhibition with Klubben and NK (Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts) at Norway Designs, Oslo. October.
2016: Bo Bedre Design Awards. Nominated for: Crafts object of the year.
2016: Norwegian Structure. Exhibition in Ventura Lambrate, Milan, April, and in Oslo Design Fair, September.
2016: New Nordic. Fashion. Food. Design. Exhibition at Königlich Norwegische Botschaft in Berlin. Curated by Matthias Wagner K. (Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt).
2016: Statens Kunstnerstipend (Artist grants from Arts Council Norway).
2016: Icons of Norway. Exhibition in Skandium’s Brompton Road store, London. February.
2016: Oslo Design Fair. 100% Norway. Exhibition. January.
2015: Norway Designs NÅ, vol. 2 – Skala. Exhibition with Klubben and NK (Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts) at Norway Designs, Oslo. October.
2015: 100% Norway. Exhibition at Tent London. September 24 – 27.
2015: Norwegian Presence. Exhibition with Klubben, Norwegian Crafts and Norwegian Icons. Fuorisalone, Milan, and in Gifts & Interiors fair, Lillestrøm (NO).
2015: Gifts & Interiors fair, Lillestrøm (NO). Exhibition with Klubben.
2014: Norwegian Icons – Past – Present – Future. Exhibition with Klubben and Norwegian Icons at IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living, Tokyo.
2014: Norway Designs NÅ, Vol. 1 – Verdi. Exhibition with Klubben and NK at Norway Designs, Oslo.
2014: Samtidsarkeologi. Exhibition at Kollekted by, Oslo.
2014: Insidenorway. Exhibition at ICFF, New York.
2014: Gifts & Interiors fair, Lillestrøm (NO). Exhibition with Klubben and NK.
2013: Nature of Norwegian Design. Exhibition at Designsupermarket festival, Prague.
2013: Interception – relational aesthetics. Exhibition at DogA, Oslo.
2013: 100% Norway. Exhibition at Dray Walk Gallery, London Design Festival.
2013: MoOD Innovation Platform. Exhibition at MoOD, Brussels.
2013: On Time. Exhibition with Klubben at Now! Le off, Paris Design Week.
2013: Bordet fanger. Exhibition at Designers Saturday, Oslo.
2013: Nominated for Newcomer of the Year in Bo Bedre Design Awards.
2013: The List of the Thief Vol. 2; Letters on Food. Exhibition at The Thief, Oslo
2013: Insidenorway. Exhibition at Dwell on Design, Los Angeles.
2013: On Time. Exhibition with Klubben at DogA, Oslo.
2013: Insidenorway. Exhibition at ICFF, New York.
2013: State of Things. Exhibition with Klubben in Stockholm Furniture Fair
2013: Statens Kunstnerstipend (Artist grants from Arts Council Norway).
2012: Food Work. Exhibition in Tokyo Designtide.
2012: Tingenes Tilstand. Exhibition in gallery TM51, Oslo.
2012: Please Wait. Exhibition in Grafill.
2011: The Exceptional Everyday. Exhibition, Corcoran Collage of Art + Design, Washington D.C.
2011: To Declare. Exhibition during Helsinki Design Week.
2011: Norway Now. Exhibition during Stockholm Design Week.
2010: Blueprint Awards. 100% Design London. Winner: Best use of materials.
2010: 100% Norway at London Design Festival.
2010: MomentumDesign. Exhibition in Moss, Norway.
2010: Stockholm Furniture Fair. Solo exhibition in Greenhouse.
2016: Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum
2006-2009: Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Master in Design.
2003-2006: Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Bachelor in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design.
2000-2003: Art schools. Copenhagen, Oslo and Stavanger.