1926 - 2016
Tias Eckhoff was a Norwegian industrial designer. He trained as a ceramist from the Statens Haandverks- og kunstindustriskole in Norway from 1945-1949. During that period he had an internship at the Saxbo, ceramic factory in Denmark.
From 1949 he worked for many years for Porsgrunds Porcelain Factory, Norway. From 1953-1960 he was artistic leader at the factory. He designed both dinner services as well as sanitary porcelain and had at the same time freelance assignments for Georg Jensen. Eckhoff was both an artist as well as a businessman and he is one of the important designers that made Scandinavian Design known worldwide.
In 1953 Georg Jensen announced a silver design competition to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 1954. Tias Eckhoff won that competition with his "Cypress" flatware design.
In 1957 he established his own workshop in Oslo where he worked with his daughter, Sigrid Eckhoff. He made several flatware designs for Norsk Staalpress, glassware for Hadeland Glassverk and during the 1970s-1980s he also designed plastic chairs.
His designs are in several museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He won gold medals at the Triennale in Milan in 1954, 1957 and 1960. Today several of his designs are still in production and are sold worldwide.