Torbjørn Afdal

Torbjørn Afdal

Torbjørn Afdal ( 25 October 1917 in Voss, 15 January 1999 in Bærum) was a Norwegian furniture designer. He graduated from the Norwegian National Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1946 and immediately took a job with the design office office Bruksbo AS.


Along with Norwald Rydjord and Rolf Hesland he became one of the leading designers at Bruksbo and in Scandinavia. His furniture was purchased by Jacqueline Kennedy when she was First Lady in White House. His furniture was also bought by the Japanese emperor. In his old age he designed for the Parliament, and designed chairs and tables for the courthouse in Oslo. Later, he designed an office for the Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.
He was represented amongst others at the Norwegian Icons exhibition in Oslo in 2013 with a number of models from Bruksbo. Afdal was amongst postwar Norway´s most prolific furniture designers. His work is characterized primarily by refined material use and a clear understanding of form and function. Later his furniture design moved towards a more architectural accent as like in the armchair Broadway and his now extremely rare first version of hunter chair clearly in the Scandinavian tradition cultured in Denmark.
Afdal was the artistic director at Bruksbo furniture and  for Plus workshops in Fredrikstad he belonged to the classic Skandinavian design tradition and ideology with the use of clean lines on solid cabinet making. He mainly used teak and rosewood in combination with leather and steel. 

 

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