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The keynote speakers of Habitare 2024 are Fredrik Paulsen, Note Design Studio, Margrethe Odgaard and Rikke Frost

The keynote speakers of Habitare 2024 are Fredrik Paulsen, Note Design Studio, Margrethe Odgaard and Rikke Frost

Habitare's keynote speakers are creators of contemporary Nordic design. Fredrik Paulsen and Note Design Studio from Sweden, Danish textile and colour designer Margrethe Odgaard and Danish designer Rikke Frost will open up their thinking in their keynote speeches. Habitare will be held at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre from 11 to 15 September 2024.

Born in 1980 and based in Stockholm, Fredrik Paulsen (in the picture) is a renowned designer celebrated for his bold and innovative approach to furniture and interior design. Having earned a Master's degree from the Royal College of Art in London, Paulsen's design journey was marked by a practical and hands-on ethos.

His collaboration with Vaarnii, a Finnish company focused on utilizing pine in its collection, reflects his love for accessible materials and his commitment to simplicity in design. Paulsen's work is characterized by a playful aesthetic and a dedication to craftsmanship. As the founder of Joy Objects, he brings delight and inspiration to everyday life through thoughtfully crafted furniture, often distinguished by their vibrant and vivid color palettes.

With a keen eye for unpretentious materials and a dedication to pushing the boundaries of design, Paulsen's work has garnered attention and acclaim both locally and internationally. Notable highlights from his career include collaborations with prestigious institutions such as Röhsska Museet, where he has held solo exhibitions, and installations for institutions like the Nobel Prize Museum. Additionally, Paulsen's pieces are represented in various museums, and he is represented by the Copenhagen-based gallery Etage Projects.

@fredrikpaulsen I @joyobjects I

Note Design Studio is a Stockholm-based studio founded in 2008 and today working all over the world. Spanning a diversity of disciplines from architecture, interiors and product design – to strategy, graphic design and art direction – Note’s team is as multifaceted as the spaces and territories in which they operate. The name note is associated with the studio’s aim to get noted. Their list of clients includes Audo, &Tradition, Lammhults, Oreborg, Stora Enso, Tapwell and Tarkett.

The studio is known for their innovative and forward-looking approach, Note has received numerous awards for its work, most recently winning the Furniture of the Year category at the Elle Deco Design Awards Sweden 2024 for the modular Bau seating series designed for Lammhults. The keynote speech at Habitare will be given by Susanna Wåhlin, one of the founders of the studio.

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Margrethe Odgaard (s. 1978) is a Danish colour and textile designer renowned for her exploration of the sensory and emotional impacts of colour. Since founding her design studio in 2013, she has seamlessly integrated artistic exploration with commercial collaborations, creating products that aim to please both the eye and the soul. Odgaard has partnered with leading industry brands such as Kvadrat, Montana, Muuto, Hay and Ikea to translate her research into tangible experiences, infusing her distinctive approach into their offerings.

Her work has been exhibited solo at prestigious venues such as the Röhsska Museum and Designmuseo Helsinki. Additionally, she is the author of Shades of Light, a meticulously curated book showcasing 276 colours inspired by Nordic light.

Odgaard’s exceptional talent has been honoured with prestigious awards including the Torsten & Wanja Söderberg Prize and most recently The Art, Design, and Architecture Prize from the Einar Hansen Foundation.

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Danish designer Rikke Frost (b. 1973) is known, among other things, for her collaboration with Carl Hansen & Søn. Frost’s interest in crafts and materials dates back to her childhood in the small Danish town of Bov. Her curiosity later led her to The Aarhus School of Architecture, where she trained as an industrial designer.

From early on, Frost chose to focus on furniture design and has since designed furniture for several renowned Danish and international companies. She established her own design studio in Aarhus in 2004.

Frost has always been curious about the combination of different craft traditions and types of material. Traditional and contemporary design is expressed in her design portfolio – sofas, tables, chairs and lamps – organically. This also holds true in the Sideways Sofa, which is Rikke Frost’s first collaboration with Carl Hansen & Son. Here, she blends classic materials such as woven paper cord and wood in a modern and functional design.

Rikke Frost has won and been nominated for several awards, including the Danish Design Award and Bolig Magasinets Design Award.

@rikkefroststudio I

More information:

Pia Sievinen, communication & brand, Habitare, tel. +358 40 559 9155,

The images can be downloaded here.

Habitare, the leading furniture, design and interiors event in the Nordic countries, will be held at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre from 11 to 15 September 2024.| | | @habitarefair | #habitare2024

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