Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng founded the Ask og Eng studio early 2016, after having built several sustainable kitchens and furniture for them selves over a number of years.
It all started for us when we built our first kitchen in our first apartment together. We wanted to find sustainable solutions when renovating, and when Kristoffer as an architect came across bamboo as material in a project he was working on, he asked if we should not just build the kitchen ourselves. Kine, as an environmental geographer, but also with a developing interest in interior design, instantly loved the aesthetics of the bamboo and its sustainability.
However, we had never really built anything before, besides the one wall we had put up while looking at YouTube-videos to figure out how to do it. But we took to it and it felt so good building something for ourselves, while slowly falling in love with the material. So when we later decided to move, expecting our first child, we decided to build a bamboo kitchen once again.
And from there we started making kitchens from the inside of our garage. But soon enough the workshop took over our whole house, and when we realised we had been squeezed into living on just the second floor of our house, we decided to rent a space and keep developing what Ask og Eng has come to be.
After that we just never stopped dreaming – and we just kept on doing what we love to do. Design furniture, make them, construct them, photograph them and share them. We are so happy that you are sharing this adventure with us – it really means so much!
Ask og Eng was nominated as producer of the year at the Bo Bedre Designpris 2018 and 2019. Read more about it here.
Why bamboo? Bamboo is a very beautiful material and it is of really high quality and durability, but also it is a sustainable choice. Bamboo, which is actually a type of grass, grows significantly faster than trees – up to a meter per day. This means that the bamboo is ready to be harvested after 4-6 years – in comparison to trees that use about 50 years. During growth, bamboo absorbs more Co2 than is released during production, something that makes it Co2 neutral over the complete lifecycle. And it grows this fast without using any pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers.
We use bamboo, which only works with certified plantations, in our furniture. Because of this we can be sure that the bamboo is not only sustainable, but also produced responsibly.
At Ask og Eng, we prioritize sustainability while also acknowledging the various impacts architecture and design can have on our
well-being. Our commitment therefore extends to prioritizing materials with very low formaldehyde emissions, such as our bamboo, certified with the E1 class witch is the lowest official class possible.
Through our careful selection of materials and adherence to rigorous standards, we aim to deliver solutions that contribute to a healthier and more sustainable environment.