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ODA OLAFSRUD

House of Creation

SAY IT LOUD - NOW Exhibitor

Oslo/Norway Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am influenced by where the different aspects of movement, rhythm, art forms, fashion, installation, and fabrication collide. Fashion is a big important factor for me as that is how I express myself and it relates to how I design.

ODA OLAFSRUD

Bio:

The great designer, Oda Olafsrud, founder and creator of HOUSE OF CREATION, is a Norwegian architect and designer. She is dedicated to choreographing atmospheres, creating experiential environments and vibrant products design collections, across all scales, from interior design, architecture, creative direction and product installations. Oda Olafsrud’s design is driven by a deep passion create spaces and designs that have meaning, impact and are made to last.

 

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I have always had a passion for spaces and the power a space has to generate a feeling. It became natural for me to enter the profession of the arts and the built environment early on, and I have always wanted to find my own voice.

What do you do?

I am dedicated to choreographing atmospheres, creating experiential environments, and vibrant product design collections, across all scales, from interior design, architecture, creative direction, product design, art, and, installations.

What excites you in the work you do?

With a background as a dancer I am used to moving in different spaces, and how one space can trigger a feeling. It is that feeling - that atmosphere - I find the most intriguing. As creators we have the power to control the narrative.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am influenced by where the different aspects of movement, rhythm, art forms, fashion, installation, and fabrication collide. Fashion is a big important factor for me as that is how I express myself and it relates to how I design.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

My first solo project right after graduating as a Parsons M.Arch Alumni. Also establishing my own Interdisciplinary Design Studio and Agency, where collaborating with other female designers is of an essence and showcasing multidisciplinary creators.

Featured Project Name: 

Manhattan Residence

 

Featured Project Location: 

New York , NY, USA

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

01/ 2021

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Designer, Project Leader and Furniture Design/Staging

 

Featured Project Description:

Referred to as THE PYTHIAN, this prewar building holds a unique duplex apartment, owned by clients Joe and Cynthia Germanotta. Based on their wishes, a full gut renovation was requested and making the unit into a habitable living space. The design aesthetics has a Scandinavian influence with fine detailing in rich, natural materials and serene atmospheres. A key design element is how one material flows into another material and changes in shape, color, texture, creating variations of shadows.

Photography Credit:

Alice Gao