Peter Opsvik - a true pioneer within active sitting
Peter Opsvik designed Nomi, and numerous other classic chairs that are currently used in offices, living rooms, dining rooms and kindergartens around the world. During the past decade he has received several Nordic and international design awards for his sitting solutions for children and adults. More than anyone, this Norwegian designer has reflected upon the way humans sit. So that the human body becomes the core of good design and we can better unite our sitting lifestyle with our active bodies.
Adults need chairs that move in order to inspire movement and different sitting positions. Children on the other hand, need stable chairs. Peter Opsvik compares children with rubber balls - a rubber ball bounces better from a firm foundation.
Nomi is the result of more than 40 years of work with children's chairs. Peter Opsvik designed Nomi from the philosophy that children need a stable platform from which to move - a platform that inspires many different positions, so the child will sit actively and varied.
Peter Opsvik (1939) graduated as industrial designer from Bergen National Academy of Arts and Statens Håndverks- og Kunstindustriskole in Norway. Since 1970 he has been working as a freelance designer in Oslo.
As a furniture maker he is very conscious about our planet. His designs are developed with love and respect for the surrounding world. It is important to him to reduce the footprint left on the environment. Opsvik is also involved in the establishment and running of "Design Without Borders" - an organization where designers use their skills to find new solutions for developing countries and crisis areas.