Sven I. Dysthe


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Sven Ivar Dysthe (born 1931) is often referred to by scholars as the wonderboy of modern norwegian design. He got his certificate of apprenticeship as cabinet maker in 1950 and graduated in Industrial Design from the royal College of art in London in 1953. Sven later opened his own design practice in 1958 and had his career breakthrough in the early 1960s. His works have won a number of national and international prizes, including the Laminette chair for møtemøbler a/S which won the golden medal at the Ljubljana triennale in 1964 and the Japanese "g-mark" and norwegian Classic award for Design excellence in 1994. Works of his are purchased by institutions such as victoria and albert museum in London, röhsska konstslöjdmuseum in gothenbourg, the national museum in Stockholm, nordenfjelske in trondheim and the national museum in oslo.

Sven Ivar Dysthe is first and foremost honoured for his ability to find simple solutions to complex challenges with decisive elegance; Butterfly is as an excellent example of this.