Scandinavian Style has always been sought after in the design market, from Poul Henningsen with his Artichoke Lamp to Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair. Such a clutterless yet structurally pleasing silhouette has been capturing the hearts of home decor and interior design fanatics.
We are so glad to invite Christopher Konings – founder and designer of Nordahl Konings to talk to us about his brand- Nordahl Konings and the role that Nordic style designers play in the interior design and home decor scene. His design reminds us of the clean lines of Nordic architecture, a beauty that is subtle yet versatile. Such classic designs go along with any style of the interior or furniture combo.
NONAGON.style: We would love to know how did you start Nordahl Konings? Can you go through your background with us?
Before I started my design studies at the national academy of the arts in Oslo, I had a background as a cabinetmaker and boat builders. I have a big passion for craftsmanship and classic design within wooden boats, classic cars, watches, and most other things that is built to last. But after working with wooden boats for a while, I wanted to use my creativity more, so I started my design education towards becoming a furniture designer.
When I graduated, I started designing and developing my own products. And attended several international exhibitions such as the London Design Week, Milan Design Week, Salone Satellite and Oslo Design Fair here in Norway. Since I received so much positive feedback on my clock designs, I decided to go ahead and start my own micro brad with the clocks as my first product in 2017.
NONAGON.style: What is the brand vision of any message you want to convey of Nordahl Konings?
The Nordahl Konings clocks are there to make you relax, and not give you that constant ticking reminder that your time is running out. So I have created a collection of clocks focused on esthetics and decor, to give you an understated and relaxed perception of time. My clocks are not made to stress you, but to make time seem slower!
NONAGON.style: How would you, the founder himself, describe Nordahl Konings’s design style?
I like my designs to stay as simple as possible, yet somehow complicated and well developed in detail. That way I hope the design objects I create can grow on you to be appreciated more over time.
NONAGON.style: How is the design scene in Oslo, as we know Norwegian Design has been very sought after in the market, how does this place nurture your design career?
The design scene in Oslo is great. There are so many young and promising designer talents as well as established designers. This means there is also a lot of competition about the design jobs from the big Scandinavian brands. And I think, as a result, we can see that the designer and market trend is growing. Many designers are starting their own microbrands with their own production line, targeting the niche market.
I guess I am lucky to do design Jobs for international clients such as Bolia.com and WOUD DK, and combine this with running my own brand.
NONAGON.style: Is there a reason behind why do you choose to focus on timepieces design?
Right after I graduated from the Oslo Academy of Art, I was given an award for the best young talent with my school project TOUCH from DOGA, OSLO. A tactile wristwatch for blind people. After that my interest in watches and clocks grow, so in 2017 I finally decided to start my own brand based on one of my early designs SWEEP WALL CLOCK that was exhibited on the Milan Design Week, Salone satellite 2016.
NONAGON.style: For the Junghans Quartz movement, what is special about these mechanical parts and how does it complement your timepieces?
The Junghans and UTS moments I use in my clocks are made in the Black Forest of Germany where they have produced clocks and watches for more than 100 years. The quartz movements I am using are very silent and durable compared to many other clocks in the market.
NONAGON.style: Is there any design product brand or designers that you love or find inspirational?
My favorite watch brand is NOMOS Glashutte. They combine modern minimalist design with traditional craftsmanship in a super way. Also the legendary car designer Giovanni Michelotti created so many classics that I think should inspire future generations. A more contemporary designer I highly respect is Einar Hareide . A Norwegian designer that has designed everything from cars for SAAB Automobile to lamps for the Norwegian Brand Northern .
NONAGON.style: Are there any future exciting plans or goals that Nordahl Konings is working on that you can share with us?
Sure. I am in the process of developing several furniture to be available directly from my webshop during early 2020. And don’t be surprised if you find a wristwatch with the Nordahl Konings logo in the future. That has been a dream and ambition since the startup of 2017.