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April 12, 2014
Two young Norwegian designers combine Scandinavian tradition with postmodern playfulness.
blue steel lamps

Vera & Kyte's Topiary lamps are elegant in their pastel colors and almost two-dimensional character. Photo courtesy of Vera & Kyte.

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blue steel lamps

The lamps play with our perception of depth and space. Photo courtesy of Vera & Kyte.

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blue steel wardrobe and room divider

The strict geometry of the Apparel wardrobe and room divider is offset by its airy character. Photo courtesy of Vera & Kyte.

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steel daybed

The Balcony daybed is an exercise in line and volume. Photo courtesy of Vera & Kyte.

 

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granite steel colorful tables

Despite a predilection for pastel colors, Vera & Kyte don't shy away from bold colors and shapes in their Pedestal tables. Photo courtesy of Vera & Kyte.

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granite shelf

Vera & Kyte's set of shelves, exhibited at 2013 London Design Festival, resemble a small postmodern landscape. Photo courtesy of Vera & Kyte.

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daybed wardrobe lamps

Vera & Kyte are showcasing their newest work at Milan Salone Satellite, Stand D15. Photo courtesy of Vera & Kyte.

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blue steel lamps

Vera & Kyte's Topiary lamps are elegant in their pastel colors and almost two-dimensional character. Photo courtesy of Vera & Kyte.

Product, furniture, and interior designers Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte have managed to preserve that most fleeting of qualities, childlike curiosity, and combine it with a deep-seated understanding of tradition and history. Their designs immediately reveal a playful sensibility in experimenting with color and shape. Kleppe and Kyte, who are based in Bergen, Norway, switch among soft pastels and bold contrasting colors, voluminous shapes and clean lines that draw inspiration from postmodernist influences such as the highly revered Memphis Group, making Vera & Kyte an excellent choice for Milan's Salone Satellite. But these lighthearted designs are also serious in their simplicity and functionality, revealing a strong Scandinavian background that keeps us interested long after the first glance. 

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