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Design and Architecture Norway


Pearla Pigao is one of the Norwegian craft artists exhibiting as part of Norwegian Presence in Milan this year.

For the last three years, Norway’s annual appearance at Milan Design Week has been one of the highlights of the festival, showcasing the work of the most talented Norwegian designers and makers, and bringing thousands of visitors face to face with the country’s thriving community-driven, mutually supportive and cross-disciplinary design culture.

Each exhibitor has been selected by the curatorial team based on three factors that characterise contemporary Norwegian making: the quality of the materials they employ and the products they produce; the sustainability of their work; and the sense of fellesskap – the Norwegian word that denotes a focus of community, an appreciation of shared goals and a propensity towards collaboration. The exhibition seeks to explore and highlight how these three dimensions inform and shape modern Norwegian design – in terms of concept development, making processes and production infrastructure.

Like its predecessor exhibitions, Norwegian Presence (2015), Structure (2016) and Everything is Connected (2017), Norwegian Presence 2018 is the collaborative vision of three of Norway’s the most influential creative organisations: Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA), Norwegian designers’ union Klubben and internationally focused craft network Norwegian Crafts.


  • Design: Domaas/Høgh, Lars Tornøe, Marianne Andersen + Victoria Günzler, Martin Solem, Noidoi, Petter Skogstad, Sara Polmar, So Takahashi, Stine Aas and Vera & Kyte
  • Craft/Sculpture: Lillian Tørlen, Pearla Pigao, Sigve Knutson and Stian Korntved Ruud
  • Manufacture: Elementa, Flokk, Gudbrandsdalens Uldvarefabrik, Northern, Objekt and Vestre

The inaugural event in a three-year programme of international exhibitions of the best of Norwegian design and manufacture, Norwegian Presence’s arrival in Zona Tortona marks an exceptional opportunity to discover the breadth of making in Norway, and gain an insight into the ongoing story of Norwegian creativity on the world stage.

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