Sven Ivar Dysthe
Sven Ivar Dysthe was born in 1931 in Norway. He is an artisan and an industrial and furniture designer, often called the wunderkind of modern Norwegian design. His genius lies in his ability to find simple solutions to complex problems gracefully. He trained as a cabinetmaker before leaving his native Oslo for London, where he received a degree in Industrial Design from the Royal College of Art in 1953. He returned to Oslo, established his own design studio in 1958 and began exporting his furniture in the early 1960s. Since then, Dysthe’s work has received a number of national and international awards including the Norwegian Classic Award for Design Excellence, a Gold Medal award at the Ljubljana Triennale for his Laminette chair and a prestigious Japanese G-Mark for Good Design. Museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the National Museum in Stockholm and the National Museum in Oslo have collected Dysthe’s works. His Butterfly wall lamp, designed in 1964, has been re-produced by Northern Lighting since 2008.