Near future OSCV concept
VARD is a major global designer and builder of specialized vessels used in the offshore oil and gas exploration industries, as well as production and oil services. VARD’s long shipbuilding traditions, cutting-edge innovation and technology coupled with its global operations give the company significant standing in the fastest growing oil exploration markets.
Montaag was commissioned by the Ålesund, Norway-headquartered company to conceptualize and design, from the inside out, the next generation OSCV: a 180-meter long Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel that houses a crew of up to 150 people. The two overarching goals for our concept: a significantly more economical and efficient ship that results in a wider operational window, and an elevation of onboard quality-of-life to attract future captains and crew to their new “home away from home.” Kicked-off with extensive and immersive research, and achieved through close working relationships with all VARD stakeholders, the resulting VARD/Montaag collaboration, named “A Step Forward,” makes its debut at Nor-Shipping 2015, in Oslo, Norway.
Marine Azimuth and Thruster Levers
A radical user-experience departure, both functionally and ergonomically, the levers’ domed design language fits perfectly in the hand and provides precise tactile and customizable haptic feedback. The super-low profile frees the area immediately beyond the levers, allowing the user to reach the touch interface with minimal hand movement, providing not only a technological step forward, but also a new paradigm in ergonomics and comfort.
Designed for the next generation VARD ships
This is a distinctive mariner's chair built for absolute comfort and concentration. Comfortable yet supportive for long stretches of sitting, the Captain’s Chair seat is upholstered in supple, sturdy leather, and framed in light, rigid carbon fiber. The headrest features an integrated gooseneck microphone for non-taxing, hands-free communication.
Capacitive touchscreens are within natural reach on each armrest. The screens are adjustable to the optimal angle for the chair’s occupant, putting more control of the ship’s complex functionality at his or her fingertips. Fully integrated into the bridge operating system, screen content can be “pushed” to larger bridge displays to create a custom dashboard of information from different sources.
Hand-made espresso excellence
The Anza is a product of Montaag---a California/Norway-based design firm that looks askance at the everyday and asks, "What if?" and "Why not?"
Hand-hewn and differently-shelled, the Anza irreverently expands on the traditional espresso machine material vernacular, while showcasing streamlined construction for an improved user-experience and ease-of-maintenance. (Photos by Jun Belen and Laura Bucholtz, 2014)
Slåke is a proud, small furniture factory from Hjelmeland, Norway
Since 1938 Slåke have produced Jærstolen as a modern Norwegian tradition furniture. Scandinavian design, Norwegian production and the use of the tree as a basic material characterize Slåke's products. For Slåke, furniture carpentry means care for the materials and quality of the finished product. Slåke celebrated their 75th anniversary with a vision to create new classics in Nordic design. The team consists of young, innovative designers charged with safeguarding this company’s heritage while uniting the past with the future. For this occasion, Slåke commissioned Montaag to refresh their visual identity.
Inspired by Scandinavian design traditions, Montaag created a minimalist expression to reinforce Slåke’s focus on their products. The colors are inspired from Hjelmeland surroundings---the sun, sky, mountains, cropland, grass, sand and sea. As a counterbalance to an otherwise tight visual profile, we employed the circle to provide a contrast in both shape and color.
Management consulting company
Magni Partners is Tor Olav Trøim’s newly established management consulting company. Commissioned to create the company’s new corporate identity, Montaag created a brand based on the runic lettering around the name Magni (Norse for Magne, the son of Thor). The lettering was then used as the foundation for the Magni Parters’ logo symbol: the logo is formed when all the runic letters spelling Magni are present.
Tailor-made doors and bespoke quality
EGE is traditional manufacture of tailor-made doors and have made quality products for almost a century. With solid craftsmanship and enthusiasm they have created tailor-made doors for architects, construction companies and private clients who wants one of a kind door.
Montaag was commissioned to create a new identity for EGE in regards to a relaunch of the company. After researching EGE’s traditional way of craftsmanship we wanted to create a brand that in the same way conveyed their bespoke quality. To treat it as a high end brand that does not have the need to say to much, but just simply be, and speak for itself. The logo was created after studying and simplifying to the least necessary form needed to visualize a “door”, also the guest of it being open gives a welcoming connotation. The whole identity from the Logo, stationary to the website is created to be clean and subtle in order to let the products tell the story of history, tradition and craftsmanship.
Well intervention specialists in the North Sea
ALTUS Intervention are well intervention specialists in the North Sea, offering wireline, wireline tractor, coiled tubing and pumping and logging services in Norway, Denmark and the UK. Formerly Aker Solutions Well Intervention Services, the company was purchased by private equity fund EQT in january 2014, necessitating a rebranding of the entire company. The business was subsequently rebranded to Qinterra AS, comprising the North Sea well intervention service business ALTUS Intervention and the international well intervention technology business Qinterra Technologies.
Montaag was commission to create and implement a new brand into ALTUS Intervention’s website, brochures, business exhibition stands, catalogues and much more. The majority of the company’s rebranded print and digital assets were produced and rolled out within a 9-month timeframe.
Specialist well intervention technology company operating globally
Qinterra Technologies is a specialist well intervention technology company operating globally. They solve customers’ well intervention challenges by offering combinations of innovative and field-proven well intervention technologies and tools. Formerly Aker Solutions Well Intervention Services, the company was purchased by private equity fund EQT in january 2014, necessitating a rebranding of the entire company. The business was subsequently rebranded to Qinterra AS, comprising the North Sea well intervention service business ALTUS Intervention and the international well intervention technology business Qinterra Technologies.
Montaag was commission to create and implement a new brand into Qinterra Technologies website, brochures, business exhibition stands, catalogues and much more. The majority of the company’s rebranded print and digital assets were produced and rolled out within a 9-month timeframe.
Sculptural, playful and unconventional
We sit. We sit a lot. Consequently, according to product developer and physiotherapist Frode Skretting, back pain from sitting too much is the most common cause for sick leave. To combat this, Skretting, in cooperation with Hareide Design, developed and designed the Rodeo chair, focusing on motion and ergonomics. The round Rodeo chair is sculptural, playful and unconventional. The chair's form encourages an active and balanced posture while accomodating people's natural tendency to move. The Rodeo was launched in spring 2014 in both the public and private sectors, and from that context we developed the visual identity and brand.
Montaag authored the chair’s name, Rodeo, reflecting the way you sit on the chair while also lending a feeling of playfulness and masculinity to it. Since this project is about public health, and therefore applicable to a wide audience, we chose to accentuate the cardboard box in which the chair is delivered. The use of the upper case "O" as an identity element in the package design strengthens the identity, but also promotes the product individuality, in a playful and indirect way. The “O” form on the carton is a shape between letter and graphic form, just like the chair challenges the boundaries between sculpture and furniture.
Montaag’s Rodeo chair package design was awarded a diploma at Visuelt 2014.
Reflecting quality, efficiency and professional standing
Ryger is a lawfirm in Stavanger, Norway. The firm offers legal services in most areas of business, with particular focus on real estate, building and construction, as well as labor and bankruptcy.
Montaag was tasked with crafting the identity for the company, beginning with their name: Ryger. Ryger is the old Norse name for the inhabitants of Ryfylke, which is the geographical area in which Stavanger is located. In collaboration with Ryger, the identity created by Montaag reflects their quality, efficiency and professional standing. The website allows visitors to get involved in the work that Ryger engages in, inviting them to see what Ryger is about while also experiencing the beautiful photography that reflects the origin of the company name. The aim of the photographs was to capture the landscape and colors of the Stavanger region, the changing light and all facets. The photographs, by Minna Suojoki, are partially abstracted, providing unique imagery that is both decorative and functional.
Electrocompaniet is best known as a leading manufacturer of high-end sound equipment largely used in recording studios.
The company is entering a new market with the introduction of EC Living, a line of home audio products: compact high-end, wireless speakers that can live on the kitchen counter, in the living room, the bedroom, etc.. This is a modular system where you build or change the speakers as desired. One can easily supplement with additional speaker units as part of a larger house system or to simply to provide more sound in a given room. All content is streamed and controlled through one’s mobile phone, tablet or handheld system remote. Initially, EC Living speakers come in copper, black aluminum, natural aluminum, wood and plastic (in 3 colors). Modularity was the main design focus during the project, Montaag developed and designed the EC Living hardware, as well as the user-interface for the system’s controls.
Amplify children’s voices in society
Barnestemmen is a company with the vision to amplify children’s voices in society. They develop educational support tools to use when working with children in difficult life situations, such as violence, sexual abuse, alcoholism and other traumatizing experiences. The tools are practical and have a solid research-based foundation. Founder and initiator Sølvi Schei is an educationalist (Can. paed.) specializing in educational psychology.
For Barnestemmen, Montaag was commissioned to develop the company’s visual identity, website, book design and related packaging. With a limited budget, a large dose of humility and a fantastic illustrator (Anders Emil Sommerfeldt), we began a process which fully engaged us, both professionally and emotionally. Barnstemmen’s “Painful Secrets” book series will similarly engage children and, at the same time, be a useful tool for adults.
While children can relate to the situations illustrated even if they do or don´t have "a painful secret," the series should not be perceived as a traditional children's book. It should be treated as a professional support tool for educators. It was important that packaging, size and design generally took this into account. To strike the necessary balance between the books’ academic and "childish" parts, we employed few, but clear design elements, colors and illustrations that would appeal to children’s curiosity. And, placed on the bookshelf, the use of color makes the books easy to locate and select theme and subject.
BMW Art Cars - The Book
In 2012 Jeffrey Koon's painted BMW M3 was safely with the utmost precision placed on Pulpit Rock, a major tourist attraction in its own right located in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. Some days afterward, the car rolled into Stavanger Art Museum, along with 6 other cars from the storied and priceless collection.
To commemorate the event, Montaag, along with Scandanavian BMW retailer Bavaria and with spectacular images from Bitmap, developed the concept and design of a book befitting of such a unique project.
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