Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Maihaugen's Christmas tree

The designers at Anderssen & Voll have made ornaments with modern materials and technology.

Previous exhibition

25 Nov 2016 – 6 Jan 2017

Every year Maihaugen exhibits a big Christmas tree with decorations designed especially for this occation by an artist or designer.

Torbjørn Anderssen sitting in front of a Christmas tree decorated with white ornaments.

Torbjørn Anderssen from Anderssen & Voll in front of Maihaugen's Christmas tree 2016. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

This year Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll at Anderssen & Voll got the task. They were the founders of Norway Says, one of the most recognized design firms in Norway, with several international awards.

Modern design

The designers have created classical ornaments, but with a contemporary and simplified twist.

They are made by white plastic printed on a 3D-printer. They come out flat, but can be folded out and are put on the tree with red ribbons.

– With these Christmas ornaments we want to show how designers work, and we wanted to use technology that might be unknown to many people, Torbjørn Anderssen said.

A 3D-printer lets you print three dimensional objects.

Maihaugen's Christmas tree is up from the opening at November 25th until January 6th.

Contributors earlier years

Anderssen & Voll follow many recognized artists and designers who have designed ornaments to Maihaugen's Christmas tree.

The first one was Per Spook in 2008. He decorated the tree with glass figures. The next year Pia Myrvold made ornaments of Plexiglas. Then Arne & Carlos put knitted Christmas balls on the tree, while Danish Karen Bit Vejle filled the tree with paper clips.

Then artist Gunnar Torvund made houses of different materials for the Christmas tree. In 2013 there were houses, moose and other figures of woodcut/veneer, signed the artist couple Hanne Borchgrevink and Tore Hansen.

In 2014 the tree was filled by metal flowers made by recycled materials by jewlery artist Ingjerd Hanevold. While the decorations in 2015 was mouth blown glass ornaments made by Kari Mølstad who lives in Lillehammer.