Jonas R. Stokke and Øystein Austad met in a portfolio review at the Oslo School of Architecture in 2004 and have worked together ever since. They exhibited a small collection of furniture prototypes during Milan’s Salone Satellite in 2005 and 2006, gaining international attention even before they graduated.
They have designed a wide range of objects—aluminum LED lamps, a low and lean chair with upholstered legs and body, an endearing wooden owl sculpture—but their best-known object to date is the Dayboard, a playful version of a daily calendar. “It started as an exploration of time, a research project looking at how different people visualize the year,” Stokke explains. “Some see the year as a circle; others see it as a blur. Traditional calendars do not leave enough room for personal interpretation of how time passes.” Their calendar, produced by the Spanish company ABR, has brightly colored plastic tabs that each represent a day and are held in place by magnets; this allows users the freedom to arrange the year as they see fit, and to secure photos or concert tickets as needed.