The Gridy design studio consists of Wilhelm Grieg Teisner and Lars Olav Dybdal. Gridy is known for creating simple, functional design with style, personality and humor.
The Gridy design studio was founded in 2009 and consists of Wilhelm Grieg Teisner and Lars Olav Dybdal. The duo studied at Bergen Academy of Art and Design and are now based in Oslo. Gridy is known for creating simple and functional design characterized by style, personality and humor.
Interview with Gridy
Tell us about yourselves!
We met when we were studying at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design in Bergen. After we graduated, Lars Olav moved to Copenhagen and did a master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Design. Wilhelm moved to Oslo and did a master’s degree in industrial design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. During our time in Bergen we did a few projects together and discovered that we worked well together and had fun. We both enjoy spending time in the workshop to develop concepts and ideas. We decided we wanted to work together more, and when Lars Olav moved back to Oslo, we founded Gridy Design. The name Gridy is a combination of the letters in our surnames – Grieg och Dybdal.
Do you have a design philosophy?
We have a minimalist view of design, which is anchored in Scandinavian traditions. We strive to create simple and honest products that are user-friendly and have a Nordic feel. We combine rationality with aesthetics and humour to create designs with personality. A design should have character and fulfil its purpose without “shrieking for attention”. Good design should use materials in a rational way and make the product intuitive to use. Our ambition is always to create sustainable design. We love using materials in an honest way and adding unexpected details that make a product interesting.
We combine rationality with aesthetics and humour to create designs with personality.Lars Olav Dybdal
Tell us about Ride, which you designed for EFG.
Ride is a minimalist bar stool where the inspiration for the design is drawn from the unicycle. Our goal was to design a bar stool that would both stand out and integrate into a room at the same time. The chair has a central leg that continues down from the seat in a curve, touching the base and ending in a foot support that gives the impression of balancing on the floor. We want to create a characteristic bar stool with clean, simple lines and shapes that focuses on the essentials – seat, base and foot support, connected by a single line.