Designers' Saturday is the largest and most important meeting place for design and interior architecture in Norway. For 6000 visitors and 170 exhibitors, DS is inspiration, professional updates, collegial and social meeting places.
Friday and Saturday are trade days, with open showrooms. The free buses are only running Saturday. On Sunday parts of the exhibition will be to the public.
Designers' Saturday offers the best in furniture, lighting, textiles, kitchens and floors, meet colleagues and new acquaintances again and get professional input in the form of lectures and inspiring panel discussions.
The association Designers' Saturday - who is behind it?
DS originated in New York in the early 70s, as a reaction to large exhibition halls. DS in Oslo has been a biennale since 1986, 2023 will be the 20th in a row. Designers' Saturday is organized as an association and runs a non-profit, service-based business. The exhibitors are our members, their representatives together with volunteer design enthusiasts provide unpaid planning and implementation of the event, together with a hired project manager.
Designers' Saturday is organized as an association. The event is run non-profit, all positions are unpaid and valid for two events, four years. The board and a contracted project manager are responsible for planning and implementation. Members of the board are mainly representatives of the exhibitors, but also designers and representatives from the design educations. The board meetings take place approximately monthly, partly digitally and/or in the member companies' premises in Oslo.
Exhibitor meeting/general assembly
The exhibitors are the association's members and owners, with the exhibitor meeting as a general meeting.
The Council for Designers' Saturday is responsible for long-term strategic planning, looking after DS's position, interests and financial framework conditions.
The council was established in 2018 and consists of:
Loni Barsten, general manager, Vitra Scandinavia.
Claus Als, Country Manager & Partner Norway, Hay.
Morten Steen Kaels, interior architect MNIL.
Jørn Mortensen, dean of Kristiania College.
The board defines which tasks and skills are needed to recruit new members, and can propose candidates. Board members are elected for two events; a four-year period. As far as possible, the replacement of approx. half the board in advance of each event, to ensure competence and continuity in the board's work. The selection committee seeks good overall solutions and selects relevant candidates, whom the chairman/project manager meets for an informal interview.
The election committee consists of:
Ragnhild Bakkland Grytten, project manager Export Design Industry/Norwegian Industry.
Herman Haver-Løseth, general manager, Next Level Design.
Ove Rogne, designer, founder, managing director, Northern.
Contact the election committee:
Ragnhild Bakkland Grytten:
Tel.: 917 51 804
E-mail: [email protected]
Board members DS 2022-2023
Heidi Lie Project Manager
Heidi Borgen Niss Chairman of the board, Vitra
Linh Nguyen Novelties
Katrine Hofstad-Ekornesvåg Flokk
Pernille Sagstuen Scenario
Jorunn Tharaldsen Trend researcher/NBKF
Vilde Hagelund Vilde Hagelund
TONI KAUPPILA Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo
Anne-Cathrine Blix BB Hugme
Håvard Dybwad Carl Hansen