Permafrost is an award winning industrial design studio based in Oslo, Norway. Founded in 2000, we have been serving clients from all over the world for more than two decades.
Permafrost’s ultimate goal is to create timeless, ever-lasting products the users will love and take care of. As a result, our work is all about designs that are user-friendly, simple and safe, with just enough personality to make them stand out.
Luxo Adapt freestanding luminaires
Permafrost has completed a 400m2 brand experience center for Chinese EV brand Voyah in downtown Oslo. Based on the concept of exploration, the floor plan is laid out as topographic contours on a map, creating a stylized, synthetic landscape. Visitors climb the ascending terrain, with different experiences on each level.
Voyah brand experience center
Gaitline World Cup Pro high tech sneakers
Wilfa Smooth Mix hand mixer
Luxo Motus (2020) is a family of task lights. At the core of the collection is a highly advanced desk light, featuring limitless movement and Luxo’s unique asymmetric light output.
Our involvement in the project has focused on the aesthetic qualities of Motus, through the repeated refinement of shape and curves. The results are friendly forms that invite the user to touch and feel the products. The unified design language makes it easy to combine several Motus luminaires in one lighting solution.
Luxo Motus task light family
The Luxo Nordic Collection (2020) is a series of decorative pendants built around an advanced core of light, equipped with professional LED light sources and drivers that outperform most competing products in the decorative lighting category.
The collection is grouped into three distinct product families, covering a wide range of lighting needs from directed light to scattered public light.
Luxo Nordic Collection pendant lamps
KAOS Endeløs (2019) is a modular wall bar system for children. The basic configuration is a vertical climbing wall, where children can play and exercise as soon as they are old enough to climb on their own.
A collection of accessories expands the functionality of the system, and extends its life span. Canvas bookshelves and toy bags transform the wall bars into practical storage space, while the click-on desktop creates a space-saving desk for school children.
Kaos Endeløs modular wall bars
We have developed a family of display modules for Norwegian jewellery and fashion brand Tom Wood. The modules are cast from a mineral composite, with the weight and feel of natural stone.
With gentle curves and carefully shaped platforms, the modules are designed to accentuate and elevate the precious objects on display.
Tom Wood display modules for jewellery
With Stressless Sam and Stressless Scott (2020), Permafrost has helped Norwegian furniture manufacturer Ekornes move into the future with their most innovative Stressless recliners to date.
In addition to the comfort and features that have made Stressless a world-famous brand, Sam and Scott are both equipped with motorized controls and optional heating and light massage.
Stressless Sam & Stressless Scott reclining chairs
Our ongoing collaboration with Norwegian footwear brand Gaitline has resulted in a wide range of models and styles.
Although developed for various seasons and different user scenarios, the Gaitline shoes all feature an advanced, patented sole developed to balance, align and stimulate your entire body.
The Sodapop (2019) concept is an invention for a compact, portable bluetooth speaker that offers louder music, improved bass and an overall superior sound. The concept makes use of a plastic bottle to increase the physical volume of the speaker enclosure, thereby improving the quality of the sound output.
The bass enhancing bottle also serves as the packaging and carrying case for the speaker.
Sodapop bluetooth speaker
Permafrost has created a collection of electronic and digital devices for Japanese retail brand Miniso. The range includes headphones and earphones, memory sticks, a desk lamp, a fan and a portable Bluetooth loudspeaker.
The various products are all designed to be playful, happy and accessible, matching Miniso’s ethos of affordable quality products for everyday use.
Permafrost X Miniso consumer electronics
The Cisco Spark Board (2017) is a simple, all-in-one device that works as a digital white-board, a wireless presentation screen, and a video- conferencing system.
As part of the industrial design team, we have designed the floor stands and the wall stands, offering the options of having the display free-standing or leaning against the wall.
Cisco Spark Board collaboration and meeting tool
The Jordan Clinic (2015) is an ergonomically perfected interdental brush, with colour-coded grips that signify five different brush sizes.
Although probably the smallest object we’ve ever designed, it was a full-sized project getting it right. Extensive modelling, prototyping and testing was necessary to achieve the best grip possible.
Jordan Clinic interdental brush
Stokke Steps (2014) is an ingenious all-in-one seating system giving children active comfort and the freedom to move within the safest of surroundings from birth.
This simple-to-use modular system offers a wide range of ergonomic seating, from a bouncer with unique cradling motion, to a functional high chair and later, a versatile chair that can be used throughout childhood.
Stokke Steps seating system for kids
100 Racer wooden toy car
Our foray into wooden toys began with the Offshore set in 2012, created for the New Nordic – Architecture and Identity exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, reflecting on Nordic identity in relation to our own cultural profession.
Later, the collection was expanded with the Archipelago and Shipping sets, both of which were first presented at the 10th anniversary 100% Norway exhibition during the London Design Festival in 2013.
Offshore, Archipelago & Shipping wooden toys
The colourful Nordic Grip Wets (2013) are waterproof, warm, and provide grip on ice without spikes.
The boots have and insulated, soft and comfortable lining, and an outer waterproof layer. The sole features patented technology that creates a safe grip on ice and slippery surfaces, without the use of spikes.
Nordic Grip Wets insulated rubber boots
Arctic Silver is a Norwegian fly fishing brand, developing high tech products with several patented features.
Permafrost has been responsible for all the product design and engineering in Arctic Silver’s rods and reels. Our main focus has been creating user-friendly, easy-to-handle equipment with a clearly recognizable, iconic silhouette.
Arctic Silver fly fishing rod and reel
The BazookaGoal (2011) is the world’s most compact solid frame folding goal. Its patented construction includes a pair of heavy-duty coil springs, allowing the goal to flex with seemingly careless ease when the ball hits the crossbar.
Our involvement in the projects extends from designing and engineering the iconic product itself to sorting out the logo and visual identity.
Bazookagoal foldable mini goal
Aq New Norwegian Aquavit branding and packaging
Sole Service X Adidas limited edition sneaker
The Silence rug was first presented as a rather crude homemade prototype at the famous Salone Satellite in Milan, 2004. A refined model was presented in Milan the following year. Later, the Silence rug has been featured at numerous international design shows, including 100% Norway in London, 2007 and 100% Design in Tokyo, 2008.
The JD Grass rug was part of Permafrost’s show in the Stockholm Furniture Fair in 2005. Later the same year, the rug was presented at the Salone Satellite show in Milan. Subsequent displays include the ICFF in New York, 2008 and 100% Norway in Stockholm, 2010.
The Giant Leap rug was released in 2009 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing of 1969.
Stories by Permafrost collection of rugs
The BBQ chair was designed for our exhibition at the Salone Satellite show in Milan, 2005. However, the technically challenging prototype wasn’t completed until 2007.
The BBQ chair was nominated for the Forum AID Award in 2008, a Nordic architecture and design award given annually by the Swedish magazine Forum AID.
BBQ chair prototype
The Fjord knife (2004), manufactured by traditional Norwegian knife makers Brusletto, is designed with the specific intention of being safe and user-friendly.
It features a solid mahogany handle that has been serrated for a secure grip, and a safety strap to prevent the knife from accidentally being dropped.
Brusletto Fjord touring knife
Permafrost is a Norwegian design studio founded by four industrial designers, all class-mates and graduates from the Oslo School of Architecture. Andreas Murray, Eivind Halseth, Oskar Johansen and Tore Vinje Brustad founded the company while finishing their design school diplomas, and started Permafrost on January 1st, 2000.
More than two decades of conceptual and inventive design has seen Permafrost collaborate with clients from all over the world.
Permafrost has been exhibiting products and concepts in international design shows since 2001, including Designers Block in London, Salone Satellite in Milan, Green House in Stockholm, ICFF in New York, 100% Norway in London, 100% Norway in Stockholm and 100% Design in Tokyo.
Notable awards include the Norwegian Design Council’s ‘Talent of the Year’ award twice, the Norwegian ‘Award for Design Excellence’ and the prestigious Red Dot: Best of the Best award on four separate occasions.