Bendt Winge

Bendt Winge (født 16. desember 1907 i Alstahaug, død 15. august 1983 i Bærum) var en norsk møbeldesigner og interiørarkitekt. Han har blitt beskrevet som «en sentral skikkelse i etterkrigstidens fagmiljø. Han lanserte mange nye ideer både når det gjaldt materialer og konstruksjoner, samtidig som han stilte strenge håndverksmessige og estetiske krav.»

Bendt Winge (16. desember 1907 i Alstahaug, 15. august 1983 Bærum) Was a Norwegian designer and interior architect that has been described as a central figure in the after war design environment. Innovative but strict in his esthetic and craftmanship requirements.

He established his own firm in Oslo in 1934. From 1937 until 1942 he was chief designer in the furniture store A/S Einar Mortensen, his activities included both handcrafted serie production and bespoke drawing of unique pieces in connection with his furnishing work. Besides the activity in his own company, he was active as chairman of the Norwegian Interior Architects Association from 1951 to 1954 and president of Landsforbundet Norwegian Handicrafts 1971-1975 . He also had duties as head of the “State Husbonadsnemnd» 1947-1949, where he assisted the Housing Directorate in developping functional floor plans and small furniture types. In combination of all these roles, and because he was active in a time when interior design began to take shape as a separate profession, he had a key role in shaping interiors of post-war Norway.

His Folding leaf table is considered a classic in Norwegian furniture production. Winge was in 1946 the first designer in Norway to develop flat pack furniture as “knock-down” principle. He designed furniture for Møbelindustri IS Egersund – where he was sole designer from 1937 to 1964, Kleppe’s furniture factory, Vatne armchair factory, Aase dreieri, Arna use and Jacob songs furniture factory.

He received an Award for Good Design for the cafeteria chair R-49 and he won the first prize together with Birger Dahl in a competition to furnish the Presidency’s reading room at Oslo City Hall 1949. He also created the boardroom in Norges Bank’s former headquarters in 1962, Narvesen headquarters in 1940, Norges Bank holiday complex in Venabygd, Fylkeshuset in Hamar. 

His most curious  work was probably the Palace interiors of King Saud in Jeddah and Riyadh from 1959 to 1962 .

Bendt Winge was also active as an exhibition architect, including Gallery Vognremissen 1968. His work has been exhibited in two retrospective exhibitions in Norway Design in 1959 and the Museum of Applied Art in Oslo in 1981 – in an exhibition called “Double W” together with works by Birgit Wessel.

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