Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll were born respectively in Elverum, 1976 and in Trondheim, 1965. They both come from creative upbringings; Torbjørn the son of a musician and a teacher and Espen the son of a ceramist and an architect.
After graduating from the «Bergen Academy of Art and Design» and the «Oslo National Academy of Art», they went on to cofounding the design group Norway Says in 2000. Norway Says were forerunners in a greater international orientation amongst Norwegian designers at the same time drawing an international interest to the emerging, young design scene of Norway.
Norway Says culminated with the «Söderbergs Award» in 2007 and a 10 year retrospective exhibiton at the «National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design» in Oslo in 2009.
Anderssen & Voll was set up in 2009. Their work spans from textile design through tableware, lighting and furniture to electronics for some of Europe’s most renowned international Brands.
They have been absolute key in proposing what is known as «New Nordic» through their contributions for companies like Erik Jørgensen, Muuto, Kvadrat, Wrong for Hay, Jøtul, Gudbrandsdalens ldvarefabrik, Røros Tweed and LK Hjelle. Their work also ressonates well with italian brands like Magis, Foscarini and Lapalma.
Working with the very different industrial cultures spanning from the mountains of Norway to the plains of Veneto is a continous source of inspiration. So is the liberating possibilities of large scale industrial thinking.
Torbjørn Anderssen is professor at the «Bergen Academy of Art and Design».