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Kristine Five Melvær

Kristine Five Melvær

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Norwegian Designer Kristine Five Melvær (b. 1984) investigates the subject of object communication, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. She focuses on the communicative potentials of objects as a means to create emotional bonds between object and user. By searching for the sensual essence of phenomena, she translates these qualities into sensuous objects with a Scandinavian simplicity. 
Melvær holds a Masters degree in Industrial Design from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (2008) and a Masters degree in Visual Communication from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2012). Over the past two years Melvær has launched fifteen series of prototypes exhibited in Milan, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Tokyo, Paris, London, Prague, Stockholm, Lillestrøm and Oslo. One of her Ray prototypes was acquired by the VitraHaus exhibition. 
Melvær was nominated for Young Designer of the Year in Plaza Award 2012 and Nordic Designer of the Year in Nova Design Award 2013. 
Melvær was awarded Newcomer of the Year and the Soft Bowls were nominated for Accessory of the Year in the Bo Bedre Design Awards 2013. Melvær is currently collaborating with different producers developing a number of her prototype series for production. The Soft Bowls and Soft Vases are in production with When Objects Work, and the Dew vases, Seasons vases and Multi lanterns are in production with Magnor Glassverk. 
Melvær received a development grant from Grafill in 2013, and a three year working grant from Arts Council Norway in 2014

2010–2012: Master of Visual Communications, Oslo National Academy of the Arts
2009–2010: Graphic Design, Westerdals School of Communications
2003–2008: Master of Industrial Design, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
2006–2007: Master of Architecture, Design and Industrial Form, exchange year, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.