WantedDesign: Runa Klock & Kebony

Kebony, the sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, will be featured in one of ten Norwegian design exhibitions at the WantedDesign showcase “A Few Good Things: New Designs From Norway” taking place in New York City this month. The three-day event will introduce an American audience to products and prototypes from Norway’s most talented design studios and encourage the idea of quality over quantity in the design world.

Designer Runa Klock’s tableware, including wooden serving boards and salad servers made from Kebony Clear was selected for the showcase. The serving boards were originally created as an upcycled product to be manufactured by social entrepreneurship startup Moving Mamas, which aims to create work opportunities for immigrant mothers. The startup’s concept involves mothers manufacturing new products out of partners’ sustainable by-products to be sold to businesses as promotional gifts. The serving boards are available in three sizes that can be used one-by-one or together.

The boards are made from Kebony’s excess production and the salad severs are produced from the cut-offs from the boards, the vision being to limit wastage by utilising all available raw materials. Curated by Metropolis Magazine’s editorial director Paul Makovsky, the exhibition focuses on the sustainable use of materials, both for the interesting aesthetic that it creates, and also the environmental credentials it adds to design.

Christian Jebsen, CEO at Kebony said “Not only is it an honor to have Kebony featured at this renowned international event, but it is a special honor because the product supports and spreads awareness about the Moving Mamas mission. We’re grateful for this unique opportunity to promote the goal of sustainability which both companies, as well as designer Runa Klock truly care about working towards on an international scale.”

The exhibition is produced by the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA), in partnership with the Norwegian Consulate General in New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It will take place from Friday 13 May – Monday 16 May 2016 at Terminal Stores in Manhattan.

For more details about the exhibition, the featured products and a full list of designers taking part, visit WantedDesignNYC.com.