To the west of the royal palace and cutting through the Oslo district of Frogner, with its well-established and comfortable apartments, are Bygdøy Allé and Frognerveien, both lined with high-quality independent shops.
Sørensen Østlyngen at Bygdøy alle 60 has a good, well-chosen selection of furniture and 90% of the products sold are from Scandinavia.
But even here there was only one chair that was designed and made in Norway - the iconic Siesta 302 that was designed by Ingmar Relling in 1964. It has a frame of laminated beech and came with canvas and then later leather seats. It is still produced by Rybo of Norway.
With their increasing affluence, I certainly can’t blame the people of Oslo for wanting to buy the best in modern design. And I’m not suggesting that everyone should buy classic mid-century modern furniture ... but I was actually hoping to find furniture from young Norwegian designers. The exhibitions at the Museum of Architecture showed how dynamic and adventurous young architects in Norway can be; the fantastic enthusiasm at DogA shows a hunger for modern product design at it’s best and most challenging and the Design Museum shows the rich heritage of mid-century modern design from Norway. Why is so much of the furniture sold in Oslo from Italy and Germany? Is the problem with the consumers and what they want or with the manufacturers and what they can produce? This is not a criticism - I am just curious.