Wooden Trestles and Shelving System
A trestle is a rigid frame, used as a support. Many timber trestles were built in the 19th and early 20th centuries to get the railroad to its destination. Solem's trestles are made for a table top, with a high focus on function, minimalism and price.
A shelf is a flat horizontal surface used for display and storage. Solem has created an endless row shelving system with a high focus on function, minimalism and price. Steel brackets inspired by timber constructions are created to keep the horizontal and vertical parts stable.
Born in Arendal, but drawn to Copenhagen by a love of classic Danish design, Martin Solem began his career in furniture design as an intern for Rud Rasmussen, one of Denmark’s oldest surviving cabinetmakers. Solem undertook an MA at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Since 2011, he has worked as a full-time designer at HAY Studio in Copenhagen, while pursuing solo projects and collaborations with international brands such as Cappellini and Bernhardt Design. Solem has exhibited widely (appearing with Norway in Milan every year since 2015), and he received the Young Talent Award from the Norwegian Design Council in 2015.