Vilde Hagelund is a furniture designer based in Oslo who believes that material, form and function should be equally valued throughout the design process. With a crafter hand and an artist’s mind, she has been using woodcarving techniques and tools to explore different shapes, as seen in one of her latest projects, the Remissus Series. This series translates an organic design language that honors the sensitivity to the wood (birch) and the aesthetic function of the hands.
Vilde Hagelund: Remissus is a result of an explorative process where 60 objects in birch were created in 60 days (named Objectum Series). By making physical objects on a daily basis, I gained a deeper understanding and knowledge about form, techniques, and material. After 60 days of explorative making, reflection and analysis, I wanted to create a product that symbolized the process. As my hands were working along with the wood for most of the days, Remissus is meant to work both as an illustration of the value of handcraft techniques and a true tribute to birch.
Remissus wooden objects
Vilde Hagelund: The trays are hand-carved from a single piece of wood. The outlines are drawn by hand and inspired by the unpredictable contours of a drop of water. By using the negative space of one shape to inspire the next shape, interesting and unexpected contours appear, and the material is being used to its fullest potential. The goal is to invite the user to interact, touch the products and explore the various shapes traced by the asymmetrical shape and movements of the hand.
Main Challenges and Inspiration
Vilde Hagelund: The main challenge, and definitely the most time consuming, is the sanding by hand to make the surface soft as silk. Hand sanding the surface this much allows the interesting wood grains that appear when carving, get the attention they deserve.
Vilde Hagelund: Nature-inspired these shapes, not only with the variety and unpredictable shapes that sometimes occur in a water drop – and its unpredictability in the contour -, but also with the aim of enhancing the aesthetics of nature’s very own material; wood.
Interview with Vilde Hagelund | Photography Helene Bye