Scandinavians Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrisson are highly regarded designers, textile artists and authors. They are best known for their original, colourful and visually striking designs as well as their books. Their work is highly influenced by their Scandinavian background and their everyday life in rural Norway. They work under their artist name ARNE & CARLOS, which they established in 2001.
In 2010, ARNE & CARLOS’ first knitting book, Julekuler (55 Christmas Balls to Knit) became an immediate Norwegian best-seller. It consequently went on to become a best-selling book in North America, Europe and Asia. Today, ARNE & CARLOS have published ten books, which people enjoy from all over the world. Their works are available in Norwegian and English, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.
The two Scandinavian designers have collaborated with many prestigious international brands, including Urban Outfitters (2009) and high-end cult Japanese fashion label Comme des Garçons (2008). Today, they design for and work closely with Rowan and Regia yarns.
ARNE & CARLOS’ creative base is located 170 kilometres north of Oslo, Norway, in the mountainous region known as Valdres.
ARNE & CARLOS have received many nominations and awards throughout their career. They received Norwegian fashion magazine HENNE’s design prize for “Designer of the Year” in 2004 and Stiftelsen Schleiber’s “Talent Award for Design” in 2005.
In 2010, Norway’s Arts and Crafts Association – Norges Husflidslag – awarded Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison its highest medal of recognition, the medal in gold. They received this recognition for “revitalising and highlighting Norwegian arts and crafts in the Norwegian and international design scene”. The medals were presented to the designers at a ceremony during Norges Husflidslag’s centenary celebrations on June 12th, 2010, in the presence of the association’s high patron, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway.
Museum Exhibitions and Collections
ARNE & CARLOS’ work is on permanent display in two museums in Oslo: The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Bygdøy Folkemuseum). Their work is also part of the permanent collection belonging to the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Trondheim (Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum).
Their work has also been on temporary display at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark (2012) and The Gwangju Museum of Modern Art in South Korea (2015).
In 2012, to mark ARNE & CARLOS’ 10th anniversary, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design curated and produced a solo exhibition of the duos’ work. The exhibition was later shown in museums and art galleries all across Norway for three consecutive years, with a grand opening at the centre for Design and Architecture DogA in Oslo on May 30th, 2012 and closing at the Alta Museum in Finmark, Northern Norway, on August 16th, 2015.
ARNE & CARLOS have written ten books which, except for “Masker og snitt fra Tonsåsen”, are available in 15 languages. Here is the complete list including the original Norwegian title and publication date in Norway:
Masker og snitt fra Tonsåsen, written by Tone Skårdal Tobiasson with ARNE & CARLOS (Norges Husflidslag, Oslo 2007)
55 Christmas Balls to Knit (Original title: Julekuler, Cappelen Damm, Oslo 2010)
Knitted Dolls (Original title: Strikkedukker, Cappelen Damm, Oslo 2011)
Easter Knits (Original title: Påske hele året, Cappelen Damm, Oslo, 2012)
Knit and Crochet Garden (Original title: Håndarbeid fra hagen, Cappelen Damm, Oslo 2013)
Norwegian Knits with a Twist (Original title: Strikk fra Setesdal, Cappelen Damm, Oslo 2013)
30 Slippers (Original title: 30 tøfler, Cappelen Damm, Oslo, 2014)
Make Your Own Idea Book (Original title: Boka du lager selv, Cappelen Damm, Oslo, 2015)
Knitted Birds (Original title: Fugler, Cappelen Damm, Oslo, 2016)
ARNE & CARLOS’ Favorite Designs (Original title: ARNE & CARLOS favoritter, Cappelen Damm, Oslo, 2017)
See our Japanese site at arne-carlos.co.jp