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'Portal'

A Staircase to Heaven

Designer

Snøhetta & Erik Jørgensen Design Team

Location

Milano - Salone del Mobile 2017

Collaboration

Wallpaper* Handmade

'Portal'

’Portal’ by Snøhetta, Everything Elevated and Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik

‘Portal’ merges the craftsmanship and innovative knowledge of Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik with Snøhetta’s ability to enhance a sense of place and the physical spaces we inhabit. Everything Elevated helped make the installation a superb blend of the two brands, using design as a tool in the idea process.

About Snøhetta

Snøhetta is a Norwegian company that create architecture, landscapes, interior and product design

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Creative forces were merged for this year’s Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition in Milan, as Wallpaper* paired Snøhetta, Everything Elevated and Erik Jørgensen The Manufactory. ‘Portal’ is the result of this collaboration. It is an installation in the shape of a seemingly never-ending ladder that invites the spectator to observe it from different perspectives.

The combination of creative disciplines

‘The installation “Portal” is the result of a holistic approach combined with a variety of creative disciplines that are blended together, resulting in a one-of-a-kind installation,’ explained Stian Rossi, Architect March Snøhetta.

Solid oak, that has been stained black and upholstered with Cohiba leather

‘The installation has been carefully curated as a monolithic piece that invites the spectator to observe it from different perspectives, from a distance in the architectural space of Santa Teresa Mediatheque in Milan to the closest detail of the high-quality leather stitching,’ says Rossi.

Photo: Wallpaper* - Jan Søndergaard

A unique installation

A celebration of the craftsmanship

‘It was important to us that we created something seemingly simple. However, when you look close, it is in fact a very detailed installation with leather and stitching that beautifully show classic Erik Jørgensen The Manufactory’s techniques and also why we are the best at upholstery,’ said Niels Jørgensen, CEO of Erik Jørgensen The Manufactory.

The illusion of infinity

A portal is something that can elevate you from one place to another, which is the illusion that people should feel when looking at the piece. The ladder seems never-ending due to the two mirrors at each end of the stair.

Read Wallpaper’s article about Portal

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