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Peter Opsvik, 1939

• Bergen College of Applied Art, 1959-63
• State College of Applied Art, Oslo 1963-64
• Industrial Designer, Tandberg Radio Factory, Oslo, 1965-70
• The Norwegian Credit Bank, Scholarship for Designers, 1967, stay at London Studio
• The Norwegian Design Centre's Design Scholarship, 1969, visiting student at
 Volkvangschule für Gestaltung, Essen, Germany, spring term 1970
• Freelance furniture designer from 1970
• Furniture producers' design scholarship, State Institute of Technology, 1971

 

Awards: 
• Green Product  Award, 2015, Citrus Concept 
• Red Dot best of best, 2014, Nomi chair
• Peter Opsvik is awarded the "Jackob-Prize", Norway, 2012
• Håg Capisco Puls receives the international prestigious iF Product Design Award
 and the Red Dot award, 2010
• Bo Bedre’s design price in the category "green design" for Håg Capisco Puls, 2010
• BoBedre,s Design Award, The Audience Award, The Tripp Trapp, Norway, 2009
• Award for Design Excellence , The Penguin chair, Norway,  2009
• Anders Jahre’s cultural award, Norway, 2008
• The Nordic Design Award “Nordiska Designpriset”, 2007. The Viola chair
• The “Most Innovative Product” award, NeoCon Chicago, 2006. Håg Conventio Wing
• The “Classic prize”, Norway, 2003. The HÅG balans chair
• The “Most Innovative Product” award, NeoCon Chicago, 2002. Håg H05 Communication
• The “Classic prize“, Norway, 2001. The Capisco chair
• Torsten & Wanjas Söderbergs Nordic Design prize, Sweden, 2000. For his pioneering,
 movable and variable furniture
• The “Classic prize”, Norway, 1996. The Tripp Trapp chair
• The “Furniture of the Year”, Norway, 1989. The Balans Oposit chair
• The “Jacob-prize”, Norway, 1986. Different Balans chairs
• The “Innovation prize”, Norway, 1986. Garden chair
• The “Nor-In” prize, Norway, 1985. Cylindra chair and table
• The “Furniture of the Year” prize, Norway 1983. The Balans Wing chair
• The “Nor-In” prize, Norway, 1981
• Gold medal, Exempla 1971, Munich. Exhibition architect, Scandinavian department

 

Group Exhibitions, The Graphic Arts:
• “Norwegian State Autumn Exhibition”, 1967
• “Western Norway Exhibition”, 1966-67

 

Separate Exhibitions, Furniture - Objects:
• Galleri Trafo, Asker, 2014, "skap"
• World of Living, WeberHaus, Linx, Germany, ”Movement – Peter Opsvik”, 2003
• Deutsches Museum, Munich, “Movement – Peter Opsvik”, 2002
• The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, Oslo, 2000, “Frequencies”
• The Röhss Museum for Applied Art and Design, Gothenburg, 2000, “Movement – Peter Opsvik”
• The Lighthouse, Glasgow, “Movement – Peter Opsvik”, 2000
• The Designmuseum, London, “Movement – Peter Opsvik”, 2000
• Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Gent, Belgium, “Movement – Peter Opsvik”, 1999
• West Norway Museum of Applied Art in Bergen, “Peter Opsvik - Open Doors”, 1996 
• “Design Week”, Matsuya, Tokyo, 1991
• Ligna, Hannover, 1991
• Monza (Milan) Italy, 1990, “Interior and Design”
• Kunstlerhaus (Artisthouse) mit Galerie, Gottingen, 1990
• Wohnstudio Steinkamp, Hamburg, 1990
• Gallerie V.I.A, Paris, 1990
• Arredaesse-Via Monte Napoleone, Milan in Italty, 1989
• Boating -88, Düsseldorf, 1988
• Zingg-Lambrecht, Zürich, 1987, Cylindrical Objects
• Kafe Kranzler, West Berlin, 1987, Cylindrical Objects
• Applied Art Museum in Oslo, 1986, “Dimensions in Wood - Sculpture or Furniture”?
• Galleri Vognremissen, Oslo, 1985, “Sit standing up”

 

Collective Exhibitions, Furniture – Objects:
• "Nordic Design Today", Vandalorum Museum, Sweden, 2013
• "Century of the Child: Growing by Design 1900-2000", MoMA, New York, 2012
• “Please take a seat”, West Norway Museum of Decorative Art Bergen,
   National Museum of Art Oslo, Seoul in Korea, Habitare Helsinki, 2009-2011
• Norwegian Prototypes – Blackhall Gallery, London, 2010
• 100% design, London, 2008, 2011, 2013
• “InsideNorway”, Tokyo, 2005
• "Breaking the norms of sitting", The World Exposition in Japan, 2005
• "Design tur/retur", The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture, 2003
• “Inspired Design”, The Oslo Museum of Applied Art, Norway, 2001
• “Form 2000”, Norway, 2000
• “Design: Process, Progress, Practice, Design Museum, London, 2000
• “Kid size”, various countries, 1999-2001
• “Sofa- Sculptur Objects Functional Art”, Chicago, 1998
• “Børs og Kaviar”, Lillehammer, Norway, 1998
• “Waves - Norwegian Furniture Design”, Oslo, Tokyo, Vreden, Essen, 1998
• “Design Nordic Way”, Kalmar Castle, Sweden, 1997
• “International Nordic Touch in Form & Design”, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden, 1997
• “Cylindra”, Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, Edinburgh, 1996
• Design from Norway, Tokyo, 1995
• “Ethics and aesthetics: Design Agencies of Scandinavia”, Design Museum, London, 1992
• Euro Park, Germany, 1992
• “Sitt i nitti”, Lillehammer, Norway, 1990
• “Primaerpunkt”, Helsinki, 1989
• “Norwegian Wood”, various countries, 1987-88
• “Norway in Gothenburg”, Gothenburg, 1987
• “Scandinavia Today”, Japan, 1987
• “Chairytales from Norway”, London, 1986
• “Norwegian Design”, Stockholm, 1985
• Scandinavia Today”, USA, 1985 
• “Interior Now”, Oslo, Trondheim (Norway), 1984
• “Scandinavian Modern”, Cooper Hewitt Museum, USA, 1982
• “Balans”, Copenhagen and London in 1979, Wien, Düsseldorf, Den Haag and London in 1981,
  and New York, Houston, Chicago and Tokyo in 1982

 

 
Designs:
Licensee: Evomove, www.evomove.com
• Nomi, adjustable children's chair 
 
Licensee: Moment, www.globeconcept.org
• Globe Garden, 2014
• Globe Sitting Concept, 2011

Licensee: Stokke, www.stokke.com
• Tripp Trapp, adjustable children's chair, 1972
• Sitti adjustable children’s chair, 1994 
• Balans Wing, 1983 - 2004
• Balans Duo, 1984 - 2005                                                   •  Centro, 1995 - 2000
• Garden, 1985 - 2005                                                           •  Tripos, 1997 - 2002  
• Flysit, 1990 - 2000                                                               •   Motion, 1998 - 2003 
 
Licensee: Varier Furniture, www.varierfurniture.com
• Balans Variable, 1979 
• Balans Multi, 1981                                                              •  Actulum, 1996
• Balans Gravity, 1983                                                          •  Penguin, 2008 - 2012   
• Pendulum, 1983 
• Balans Thatsit, 1991 
 
Licensee: Håg, www.hag.no
• HÅG 2010, Office chair, 1974                                            •  HÅG Conventio, 1996
• HÅG 2030, 1976                                                                  •  HÅG H05, 2000
• HÅG 2500, Credo, 1982 (1992)                                        •  HÅG H05 Communication, 2002
• Balans Vital, 1983                                                               •  HÅG Swing, 2002
• Balans Supporter, 1983                                                     •  HÅG H04 Credo, 2003
• HÅG Capisco “The Saddle Chair”, 1984                        •  HÅG Conventio Wing, 2006
• HÅG Capisco Puls, 2010
 
Licensee: Cylindra, www.cylindra.no
• Phyton, 1974 
• Cylindra, 1984 
• Cylindra Objects, 1985-86
 
Licensee: HolzWerk, www.holzwerk-produkte.de
• Reflex1 and Safari, 2002  
• Reflex2, 2004    ●  Reflex3, 2008

 

Publications:
• "Rethinking Sitting" a book written by Peter Opsvik. Via texts and examples drawn from
a profuse production, the reader will gain insight into Opsvik's thinking on the subject of sitting
and his furniture designs. Published in English and German by Gaidaros in 2008, in English by WWNorton
in 2009 and in Japanese by Sunchoh Shuppan in December 2009.

 

Jazz-musician:
• Member of Christiania Jazz band from 1972 and Christiania 12 from 1993. Playing at jazz
 festivals in Europe and USA. Released 10 CD’s from 1973.
• 1999, Peter Opsvik “WOODWORK”, free jazz
• 2010, Aage Lade og Peter Opsvik "Ballads by Jimmy Van Heusen"