Lucia Butnariu wins the Statsbyggs student award for outstanding achievement in Spatial and Furniture Design

The award is aimed to encouraging an experimental and innovative approaches in spatial and furniture design amongst future generations of interior architects. Statsbygg student award is 20 000 NOK.

The jury's report states about Ms Butnariu's project the following:

"The study describes alternative learning arena’s that can be integrated into existing properties in Oslo.

A comprehensive list of properties which may be suitable for the concept is included. Innovative learning arenas and concepts are presented, followed by descriptions and sketches of spaces suitable for different types of collaborations such as: collaborative, creative, controlling and competing environments. The study concludes with four scenarios: urban kitchens, urban agriculture, bike workshop, learning arena with housing for the elderly, which are used for various spatial studies in selected properties. Reuse - allows for environmentally friendly low-cost solutions.

Thorough research, innovative design strategy, interesting reading!"

Congratualitions Lucia!

MA End of the Year Exhibition

The final exhibition of the MA projects are now on display in the KHiO galleries! The exhibition presents a wide variety of works addressing the complex issues concerning our contemporary society. Through the exhibited works the students want to engage in to the discourse how our disciplines ought to be involved. This is a joint exhibition together with both the Art & Crafts and the Fine Arts.

Opening ceremony 3.6. at 18:00. Exhibition is open until 12.6.

MA Exams

Now it is turn for the annual Master in Design exams within the Interior Architecture and Furniture Design. The event will take place in the main gallery of KHiO. Each candidate presents their MA project to the external examiners. The event is public.

Thursday 27.5.

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and introduction

09:10 - 10:10 Aysim Firat

10:30 - 11:30 Butnariu Lucia Elvira

12:30 - 13:30 Gundersen Patrick

13:50 - 14:50 Lakayan Dorna

15:10 - 16:10 Nilsen Martine Sæther

16:10 - 16:30 Closing words

BA End of the Year Exhibition

Following the BA exams, now all the BA projects are on display in the KHiO galleries! This is a joint exhibition together with both the Art & Crafts and the Fine Arts. The exhibition spreads out over the whole campus.

Opening ceremony 11.5. at 18:00. Exhibition is open until 22.5.

BA Exams

The annual Interior Architecture and Furniture Design BA final exams take place this week in the main gallery in KHiO. Each candidate presents their BA project to the external examiners. The event is public.

Mandag 2/5

11:30 – 11:45 Velkommen

11:45 – 12:25 Granlund Anja Elise

13:15 – 13:55 Gretteberg Sara

14:00 – 14:40 Hauge Mads

14:45 – 15:25 Holde Helene Øyen

Tirsdag 3/5

10:30 – 10:45 Velkommen

10:45 – 11:25 Jahnsen Martine Scheen

11:30 – 12:10 Jørgensen Tommy

13:00 – 13:40 Kolesnikova Margarita

13:45 – 14:25 Riise Vilde Rapp

14:30 – 15:10 Thomseth Mads John

Super Local

Welcome to the exhibition and presentation of an international workshop at Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo.

By witnessing geographically and culturally rooted behaviours of the everyday, we become aware of our differences and learn to appreciate the diversity. In the era of global transit, where more and more things and situations become the same, this course investigates the differences and foreignness. The workshop itself becomes a laboratory for exploring the practices of otherness through cultural encountering.

Eight teams of students from Japan and Norway tell their stories about Tokyo.

This is a joint workshop between KHiO and Tama Art University. The project involves a total of 30 students and 4 professors from the respective schools.

Friday 15.4. at 5 PM, Norwegian Embassy, 5-12-2 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0047

Nigel Coates Lecture

Nigel Coates is a celebrated British architect and designer. He has consistently experimented and questioned his field, extended its boundaries and bridged it with semiotics, craftsmanship and contemporary culture. His work plays on psycho-geographic association between the built environment and the people who live in it.​

Nigel Coates has designed buildings and interiors both in the UK and Japan. In recent years, Nigel has accumulated a broad-ranging catalogue of furniture and lighting designs. His products have been realized by many Italian companies. From 1995 to 2011 Nigel was head of the Department of Architecture at the RCA (Royal College of Art). Beyond issues of function or style, narrative, he asserts, is a language of design that builds on people’s everyday experience. He believes that the city can best be understood when explored as a living entity.

Thursday 10.3. at 11:30, Auditorium.


The MA students from Interior Architecture & Furniture Design at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts exhibit at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. The built installation investigates the contemporary challenges of Norwegian society and the role design might play in that.

Norway’s national image and its main industries are closely related. The stereotype of Norway is of course our beautiful nature and its oil industry that has propelled our quality of life rapidly. This is often referred to as “Olje Eventyret”, or the “Oil Adventure”. Norway is very fortunate to have stumbled upon this opportunity, yet we feel that it has become a crutch. All of our eggs have been put into one basket. Now that this particular industry seems to be in decline, what does the future look like? What will the next adventure be about?

The naive pool of oil based foam, relates to a children’s plastic ballpool. A vertical wall opposite of the pool invites the engagement of people to remove a piece of it. By doing so one is a part of revealing another picture to the story. The serious and critical tone of the pavilion is set within a very social and playful setting.

We believe that our country is more than it’s fjords and its oil. A diverse range of industries and innovation must not only become internationally visible, but become a larger part of the country’s development. We hope this change will happen through more than objects and spaces, but a shift in our thinking that allows us to tackle both social and material challenges of the future. As students we would like to see the field of design play a role in strengthening Norway’s international exports and national progress.

The stand is located in the Greenhouse area at VH04:27. The fair opens on Tuesday 9.2. and continues until 13.2..

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