Norwegian designer Runa Klock has been working with Moving Mamas, a social enterprise scheme created to help refugee women integrate and support themselves, through collaboration with industry. The tableware range they have created includes asymmetric chopping boards and salad servers made from offcuts of wood donated by Kebony. The Norwegian company treats softwood with an environmentally friendly process, which permanently modifies the wood cell walls to produce durability and a rich brown colour, making it a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwoods.
Runa Klock, who holds an MA in design from Oslo National Academy of the Arts and currently operates from her studio in central Oslo, was brought up on Norway’s rugged western coast and often designs products inspired by nature, and influenced by a strong interest in materials and craft skills. Klock’s work is characterized by an openness to cooperate with people in a variety of disciplines, and her practice extends beyond product design to encompass food, spaces and exhibitions.
Her work is characteristically playful, curious and has an entrepreneurial spirit, and several of her projects share the strong ethical stance of her work with Moving Mamas.
Chopping board with food image: Moving Mamas
Collage of Moving Mamas women image: Moving Mamas
Chopping board in bag image: Runa Klock
Runa Klock image: Kat Green