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Eirik Helgesen

MA work

The new raw material in east Iceland is aluminium. This project explores the potential of unconventional collaborations where the hyper-automated meets the handmade.


The Alcoa factory in the Eastfjords processes 940 tonnes of aluminium a day, none of which is used locally. Introducing the cut-offs from the aluminium smelter as the novel raw material, I collaborate with local craftsmen and merge with their traditional sources of material and skill.


‘Eastlocal’ aims to connect the local community with the recent aluminium industry, to provide seeds for a fresh way of thinking about production, possible economies and local identity.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Products, 2012

    Specialism

    Platform 8

  • The new raw material in east Iceland is aluminium. This project explores the potential of unconventional collaborations where the hyper-automated meets the handmade.


    The Alcoa factory in the Eastfjords processes 940 tonnes of aluminium a day, none of which is used locally. Introducing the cut-offs from the aluminium smelter as the novel raw material, I collaborate with local craftsmen and merge with their traditional sources of material and skill.


    ‘Eastlocal’ aims to connect the local community with the recent aluminium industry, to provide seeds for a fresh way of thinking about production, possible economies and local identity.


  • Degrees

  • BA, Interior & Furniture Design, Bergen National Academy of the Arts (KHiB), Norway, 2007; BA (Hons), 3D Design: Materials And Critical Practice, Camberwell College of Arts (Erasmus), 2006
  • Experience

  • Co-founder, FLUDO AS, Bergen, Norway, 2010 to present; Designer, Cohda Design LTD, Newcastle, 2009–12; Partner and designer, TRØKK16, Bergen, Norway, 2006 to present
  • Exhibitions

  • A World of Folk (curated by Li Edelkort), Salon Satellite, Milan, Italy, 2008; Young Talents, Designers Saturday, Oslo, Norway, 2007; TRØKK16 Launch Show, Stockholm Furniture Fair, Sweden, 2007; 100% Norway, 100% Design, London, 2006
  • Awards

  • First prize, Forsnespriset (Nordic Design Award), 2006