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Apart from traditional design approaches: Peter Opsvik’s path

Salvador, Cristina;


Leading an investigation in product design about children’s domestic furniture, a research for a case study on evolutive chairs brought us to an approach which can point out ways for a better and more adequate practice in Design. The work of Peter Opsvik (n. 1939), a Norwegian designer, searches for a balance between traditional materials, innovative ergonomic approaches and ecological and ethical concerns. Finding elements which define Opsvik’s practice and thinking, we may conclude his theories, apart from traditional design approaches, add a valuable study in human nature and lead to a better and more complete attitude as a designer.


Palavras-chave: traditional design, innovation, human factors and ergonomics, ethics and ecodesign, product attachment,


DOI: 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0100

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Salvador, Cristina; "Apart from traditional design approaches: Peter Opsvik’s path", p. 681-686 . In: Tradition, Transition, Tragectories: major or minor influences? [=ICDHS 2014 - 9th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies]. São Paulo: Blucher, 2014.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/despro-icdhs2014-0100

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