Torbjørn Andersen and Espen Voll first gained recognition after co-founding Oslo-based Norway Says, a Norwegian design outfit that along with Swedish groups including Front and Claesson Kolvisto Rune, has helped to define Scandinavian design. After 10 years with Norway Says, Torbjørn and Espen launched Andersen & Voll in 2009 and have since penned projects as diverse as a bicycle for Alta Bike and a mobile phone concept for Nokia, and a range of products for the home including textiles, glass, furniture and lighting. Yoko is their first project for the Italian lighting group Foscarini.
Launched at Euroluce during the Milan Furniture Fair this year, Yoko was conceived in response to the etherial Northern White Lights of Scandinavia and developed after extensive research with technicians at Foscarini's HQ. The final design is constructed using an advanced PMMA blow molding technique, its clear bubble-like shade resting and intersecting with an illuminated base and although the transparent bubble seems delicate, its PMMA material cleverly limits the possibility of breakage. In the accompanying interview, Torbjørn and Espen discuss their approach to the design and the meaning of the name Yoko.
The recipients of awards including Wallpaper magazine's IF Award and an Honorary Award for Design in Norway, Andersen & Voll is definitely a design group to watch.