Oku is an interpretation of the Japanese word for oak ‘Ōku’. Oku refers to the essence of the design - oak.
”Through experiments with the balance between lightness and heaviness, making it paper thin when seen from one angle and solid from others, we’ve emphasised the material in a simple design”.
The Oku table top is produced in oak veneer with round edges, adding an elegant lightness to the large surface. The legs of turned oak timber sections, is positioned sporadic to create the illusion of a floating table top, while also adding a sculptural detail to the table.
Kristian Sofus Hansen & Tommy Hyldahl
Kristian Sofus Hansen
Born 1991 in Nyborg, Denmark.
Graduated of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
Kristian creates unique pieces through simple, functional and considered design. He has been studying architecture and design at the
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan. His designs aim to merge traditional design
methods and new production techniques into high-quality pieces of furniture and product design.
Senior Founder of NORR11
After years of experience in the fashion industry, Tommy decided to pursue his passion for furniture and interior design and founded
Tommy has been responsible for the creative DNA of NORR11 since 2010, and has worked with a number of furniture designers.
His interest in materials and product manufacturing is clearly seen throughout the whole collection.
Since 2015 Tommy began a design collaboration with Kristian Sofus Hansen. From Tommy's many travels around Asia and
Kristians studies in Japan, they strive to combine their passion for Japanese simplicity, ethnic details and Scandinavian tradition in
timeless pieces of furniture.