Strategic area: FORM

Department of Design

Strategic area: FORM

Arm in blue sweater with hand over a crystal ball with light
Photo: Bendik Schrøder

Man and form

Form is fundamental in all design work.

As designers, we use our abilities to give shape to surroundings, objects and systems - where practical-functional as well as aesthetic qualities and craftsmanship are taken care of, and both innovation and tradition have a place.

The form group consists of practitioners and researchers with experience from the private and public sector.

Our activities encompass teaching, research, practice based activities and outward-facing initiatives like exhibitions, visibility, dialogues, talks etc.

We work within these areas

  • Aesthetics and composition
  • Construction and material knowledge
  • Product design
  • Sustainable design
  • Digital and physical tools
  • Typography and information visualization
  • Wayfinding systems
  • Packaging design
  • Wood and tectonics
  • Textiles and tectonics
  • Cross-disciplinary orientation

Practice based activities

Practice based activities

Gunnar Eidsvik: Designer and partner in Brave New Lines, furniture and product design company.

Martin Høgh Olsen: Designer and owner of Høgh, furniture and product design company, since 2016. Freelance designer since 2005. Also a practicing exhibition designer.

Nils H. Stensrud: Designing, building and exhibiting bespoke furniture and smaller series.

Ole P. Wullum: Professional industrial designer since 1994, with a focus on architecture and furniture. Has extensive experience with planning for the finished goods industry nationally and internationally.

PhD projects

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Photo: Anders Myklebust

PhD projects

Maureen Laverty: Sensory Nourishment.

Thomas Nordby: The rise and professionalization of the graphic designprofession in Norway between 1950 and 1990.

Ole Watne: Knowledge sources for wayfinding design: with an emphasis on the role of knowledge embedded in the artefact.

Read more about the PhD projects


Photo: Martin Høgh Olsen


Designer’s Saturday / DS Academy 2019

Designer’s Saturday / DS Academy 2021

Designer’s Saturday / DS Academy 2023

Christmas exhibition 2020 at Arkitektenes Hus

Trondheim Arkitekturfilm Festival 2020

Trondheim Arkitekturfilm Festival 2022

Trondheim Arkitekturfilm Festival 2023