Sven Ivar Dysthe

Sven Ivar Dysthe

Sven Ivar Dysthe (born 25 August 1931) is a Norwegian industrial designer who is specially known for his furniture design mixing steel and wood.

His design career began with an apprenticeship with one of the most reputable carpenter workshops in Trondheim. Then he was in practice with master carpenter Reidar Hansen in Baerum before passed examinations with a mark of  ” particularity “o from Håndverkerlaugets jury in 1951. He studied further in Britain, where he graduated in 1953  in industrial design at the Royal College of Art in London. As a student in London Dysthe was assigned to make the coffer that roomed the Royal College of Art’s needlecushion from Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.

His designs are specially known for their use of lamination technique in the manufacture of furniture in wood. In 1963 he designed the chair “Laminette” which has received wide public attention and which is considered the best-selling chair in Norway.  The chair has sold nearly one million copies. The hemispherical chair “Planet,” which Dysthe designed in 1965, is also considered a major work.

His designs where assigned in connection with major construction projects. He designed the chair “Pop Corn” for the Henie Onstad Art Centre which opened in 1968. Dysthe is also known for designing the furniture for the waiting room at the Oslo Airport Gardermoen.

The Royal Court announced on 13 January 2010 that the King had appointed Dysthe to be knighted in the 1st class Order of St. Olav “for his effort as an industrial designer. He was honored in 1989 with the Jacob Price, Norway’s foremost distinction for formative artists. He was repeatedly awarded the Norwegian Design Council’s Award for Design Excellence and several other Norwegian and international awards.


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