×

Subscribe to our newsletter

Highlights From the Previous Week, Partnered Events and Haikus. View our Newsletter archive

Konrad Mehus: Norway’s storyteller

Since the end of the 1960s, Konrad Mehus (b. 1941) has been a central figure in Norwegian crafts. Dinnertime (1974), combining a crystal glass and a fork, is considered an icon for its time. It illustrates a distinct development within post-World War II artistic crafts in which art prevails over practical...
Scroll right to read more ›
Text by Jorunn Veiteberg

Since the end of the 1960s, Konrad Mehus (b. 1941) has been a central figure in Norwegian crafts. Dinnertime (1974), combining a crystal glass and a fork, is considered an icon for its time. It illustrates a distinct development within post-World War II artistic crafts in which art prevails over practical use and function. Mehus’s silver jewellery often clearly breaks from the conventional values that predominate in the goldsmithing industry. As an artistic piece, jewellery can also be a medium of communication. Mehus tells his stories with social context and sharp political wit. The details unfold through the intimate form of a brooch. One such detail is the moose crossing, a familiar traffic sign for most motorists in Norway. It shows up in many of Mehus’ pieces as a central symbol of our times. The series Tkt. no: Two rooms plus kitchen 1956 with a miniature portrayal of contemporary 1950s interiors symbolises the reconstruction after the World War II.

House, brooch in copper, 2011
House, brooch in copper, 2011
16 Houses, brooches in copper, 2011
16 Houses, brooches in copper, 2011
Back

Articles you also might like

Ernst Gamperl

Since winning the LOEWE Craft Prize in 2017, Ernst Gamperl has been pursuing more essential & archaic formats. ‘Tree of Life’ is his once-in-a-lifetime project, as he transforms a huge 230-year-old oak tree into 67 wrought vessels that embody his excellence in woodturning and experimental patinas.

“Gritty, wild stuff”, is how Schloss Hollenegg for Design and mischer’traxler studio describe the presented investigations of the role of design and its relationship with our natural environment in their exhibition during this year’s Vienna Design Week.

Developed by well-known designer Jiang Qiong Er and France’s Hermès Group, SHANG XIA aims to celebrate a contemporary fine living lifestyle. Impressed and fascinated by the attempt to embody time and emotion in objects, TLmag sat down with the CEO and Art Director to reflect on her experience.