Solem has responded to the exhibition’s ‘connection’ theme, with Lampalu, an LED pendant and table lamp, both made from spun and CNC-milled aluminium. Having been born in Arendal, the same city as Sam Eyde, founder of aluminium company Norsk Hydro, where his great grandfather worked, Solem feels a personal connection to aluminium as a material, while also appreciating its strength, pliability and lightness. Both lamps consist of spun aluminium shades with an aluminium sheet that acts as a diffuser, preventing the light getting directly into users’ eyes.
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.