Mia Hamborg hails from Norway, where an education in advertising and graphic design led to interior design consultancy contracts on the side.
Armed with a Bachelor of Arts in furniture design with an emphasis on wood, Hamborg fuses functionality with humour in her endearing designs. With the
“Shuffle” table she revitalises the Nordic craft of turning wood. Dating back to
the Viking Age, it involves a foot-powered pole lathe to rotate the wood, using
a sharp tool to shape it. Hamborg fuses humour with function in her endearing
designs. For her “Shuffle” table, she revitalises the Nordic craft of turning wood. Dating back to the Viking Age, a foot powered pole lathe was used to rotate the wood, allowing the use of a tool to shape it.
“I want people to feel a sense of joy when they see my designs,” says Hamborg.
“To walk into a room and suddenly smile.”
The Shuffle Table by Mia Hamborg conjures up images of classic wooden toys,
using muted pastels such as lilac, powder blue, yellow, black and white. The
all-black version makes a striking silhouette, accentuating the various shapes
of each element, which you can stack on the central pole as you like. “Hamburg’s
Shuffle Table touched an emotional cord at &tradition,” explains Martin Kornbek Hansen. “It’s a contemporised version of a classic toy. And it allows you to decide which shapes, colours and height to form the table. A truly Nordic approach to democracy in design.”