WantedDesign: Runa Klock & Kebony

Kebony serving board selected for “A Few Good Things: New Designs from Norway” exhibition

NEW YORK – May 11, 2016 – Kebony, the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, will be featured in one of ten Norwegian design exhibitions in New York City this month at this year’s WantedDesign showcase, “A Few Good Things: New Designs From Norway.” The three-day event will introduce an American audience to products and prototypes from Norway’s most talented design studios and encourage the idea of quality over quantity in the design world.

Designer Runa Klock’s tableware, including wooden serving boards and salad servers made with Kebony Clear, was selected for the showcase. The serving boards were originally created to support social entrepreneurship startup Moving Mamas, which aims at creating work opportunities for immigrant mothers. The startup’s concept focuses on mothers who manufacture new products out of sustainable by-products from partners to later sell to businesses as promotional gifts. The serving boards are available in three sizes that can be used one-by-one or together. The boards are made from Kebony’s excess production and the salad severs are made from cut-offs of the boards. The vision behind this was to limit wastage by utilizing all available raw materials.

Curated by Metropolis Magazine’s editorial director Paul Makovsky, the exhibition focuses on the sustainable use of materials, in both aesthetics and longevity.

“Not only is it an honor to have Kebony featured at this renowned international event, but it is a special honor because the products support and spread awareness about the Moving Mamas mission,” said Christian Jebsen, CEO at Kebony. “We’re grateful for this unique opportunity to promote the sustainable goals of both companies as well as designer Runa Klock on an international scale.”

The exhibition is produced by the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA), in partnership with the Norwegian Consulate General in New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It will take place May 13-16 at Terminal Stores in Manhattan.

For more details about the exhibition, the featured products and a full list of designers taking part, visit WantedDesignNYC.com.

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About Runa Klock:

Brought up on Norway’s rugged western coast, Runa Klock makes products that are often inspired by nature, and influenced by a strong interest in materials and crafts. She holds an MA in design from Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and currently operates from her studio in central Oslo, shared with 5 other designers in the city center. Runa’s work is characterized by an openness to cooperate with people in a variety of disciplines; her practice extends beyond product design to encompass food, spaces and exhibitions. Playful, curious and with an entrepreneurial spirit, several of her projects also have a strong social profile. Runa is a board member in Klubben  and is a member of the jury of the Award for Design Excellence in Norway.

About Moving Mamas:

Moving Mamas is a brand new social entrepreneurship startup in Oslo, which aims at creating work opportunities for immigrant mothers. The concept has been brought to life by entrepreneur Kirstine Holst Jansen in 2015. The concept is simple: Mamas manufacture new products out of sustainable by-products from partners, and sell them to businesses as promotional gifts. Norwegian designer Runa Klock has created the shape of the kitchen boards made from sustainable Kebony clear pine. They are available in 3 sizes which can be used one by one or put together.

About Kebony Wood:

Kebony is suitable for both internal and external applications that demand high performance and great aesthetics including: decking, flooring, cladding, roofing, windows, indoor and outdoor furniture. Over time Kebony acquires its characteristic silver-grey patina while not losing its performance characteristics.  With improved durability and dimensional stability Kebony is becoming increasingly the choice of leading architects and developers enabling them to use wood in projects without causing environmental degradation. Kebony has been used both internationally and in the U.S. on many projects from commercial, public, residential and marine, a few examples of these would be; Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in New York, The Inn at Harbor Shores in St. Joseph Michigan, an award-winning residential “Wedge House” in Palo Alto, California. A recent study by Norwegian environmental consulting firm Bergfald & Co. demonstrated that Kebony has a substantially lower carbon footprint than its tropical hardwood equivalents.


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