Taking inspiration from the forms and use of glass in contemporary architecture, Solem has developed a prototype for a coffee table featuring a round ornamental glass top, supported by a square frame of oil-treated ash wood.
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.