introducing kaja gjedebo
It has been a ride!
edinburgh college of art
Three wonderful years in the furniture department in Edinburgh, where one could take on a second design subject. Jewellery seemed like a nice contrast and had the best view over Edinburgh castle, but slowly I started to spend more and more time in the jewellery workshop, where ideas could come to life the same day, and not the same month as with furniture. A new passion was born.
Winning a design competition my final year sent me to Sydney for half a year and I just loved that city! Taking a ferry to the workshop with the view of the Sydney bridge is just my kind of morning. I made my first jewellery collections and met the most wonderful artists and people. Year 2000 started on a beach and life was fine!
How I almost ended up working for the largest architect company in the world
An exhibition took me to New York, and by sheer luck and without intent, I was hired as a furniture designer by the world second largest architect company, SOM. Situated on Wall street.. two planes crashed in the neighbourhood, and I was fired three days before moving over and suddenly I had no plans, no place to live and no job.. Happy days! Eventually I could let go of furniture!
the early days
So for the next two years I lived in above a jazz-club, working days in the workshop and nights in a theatre. My cufflinks were discovered on a Christmas market, and I remember the crazy feeling of going home that night with more cash than I had had in years, an appointment with the finest design shop in Oslo, Norway Designs, and a new hope: This could actually work out.
the design-studio by the forest