Sami Juhani Rintala is a Finnish architect and artist, now established in Bodø, Norway. He is a professor II at the Department of Architectural Design, Form and Color studies, at NTNU in Trondheim , and has held 236 student workshops since 1999. Many of these focused on creating meeting places around saunas. Rintala is widely known as one of the pioneers behind the booming interest in sauna culture in Norway today.
Erlend Mogård-Larsen is a cultural entrepreneur who, since the 90s, has launched several festivals, such as by:Larm, Trænafestivalen, Slottsfjellfestivalen , og Rakettnatt. I 2009 he bought former whaling schooner Vulkana . With Rintala´s help, he turned it into a SPA-boat, and Norway´s first commercially driven sauna and Hamam. In 2010 he partnered up with curator Helga-Marie Nordby, and created the nomadic art and culture project SALT. Mogaard-Larsen is also responsible for much of the renewed interest in saunas in Norway today.
Kyrre Kalseth is an industrial designer and Energy Advisor with an MA from AHO (The Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Oslo). In 2015 he established Erlikpluss Design Studio, which is based in Northern Norway. Kalseth works within architecture, production design, arena development, visual profiles, as well as art projects. Kalseth has received numerous design awards.
We have been in a partnership since 2008, and created many projects together. On land and on water, small art events, as well as big festivals with 15.000 people. We have created temporary meeting places in nature, new arenas and city spaces. We simply love what we do.