Sigve Knutson was born in Norway in 1991 and is an experimental designer based in Oslo. We can consider his “experiments” as art furniture as they defy the boundaries between art and design.
He obtained an MA in Contextual Design at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2016. His practice is motivated by a fascination for the intuitive and playful rather than the smoothened and planned.
“The objects I make are all made by hand and therefore have a strong relationship to the body. I would say that there is a human – close – by- ness and perhaps something primitive in my work as a result of this working method. Material properties like weight and strength guide me towards designs that happen freely in relation to my own abilities as an amateur craftsman. The way I shape materials draws from the first known man-made objects, like the hand axe made of flint 1.2 million years ago. I believe I am searching for a connection to humanity’s collective creative past, for an anachronistic sympathy to the person who, a millenia ago, discovered that sharp stones work well as a chopping tool. I like to discover and show the viewer what the materials can do. I like to show the viewer how materials shape us, and we shape them. This leads to unexpected forms and functions, which can surprise even myself.”
Knutson’s sketches are almost anthropomorphic, each piece unwittingly born into objecthood through its maker’s alchemical processes. Collectively, the drawings speak to the poetic side of object making, but also tie Knutson to a primal, more simplistic past.
His work is represented by Carwan Gallery.