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Ment founders Ingvild and Sidsel pose in front of their work

Photocredit: Anne Bråtveit
Founders of MENT; Ingvild Hemma and Sidsel Forr Hemma

The August issue of Viking magazine celebrates some of Norway’s most innovative people, companies and ideas, including Oslo Airport City and Europe’s first underwater restaurant.

Another noteworthy company is Ment, a design studio founded in an old ski factory by sisters Ingvild and Sidsel Forr Hemma in Fåberg, Norway. They produce porcelain and ceramic home items in beautiful, monochromatic tones. The idea for Meant came when the sisters realized they wanted to create products with meaning. One of their goals is to educate the public about the quality of handmade products, and the craftsmanship and knowledge that goes into making them.

Recently, Ment created handcrafted tableware for Snøhetta’s restaurant, Under. Ment started working with head chef, Nicolai Ellitsgaard in June 2018. He wanted 18 unique tableware pieces to match his 18-course menu that would go with the restaurant’s seashore-inspired designs. Ment made items, such as bowls, plates, a water jug and a set for milk and sugar, from materials such as porcelain, stoneware, wood and clay.

Ment bowl sitting on a table with the underwater windows in the background, at UNDER.

Photocredit: MENT The pocelain bowl with outside structure in the window at UNDER Lindesnes.

Ment, artist creating a water jug for UNDER

Photocredit: MENT Development of the water jug for UNDER.

Ment artist polishing a ceramic bowl

Photocredit: Ragnar Hartvig Polishing of a bowl. All products are hand made in MENTs workshop at Fåberg, Norway.