Arne Tjomsland, a self-taught designer, was a prominent figure in Norway during the 1950s and 1960s, mainly known for his expertise in creating small-scale figures. Initially working in advertising and toy design, he gained recognition for shaping animals from the Nordic fauna, Inuits, and Vikings using materials like wood and whalebone. His first figure, a polar bear made from teak, marked the beginning of his distinctive creations.
Initially crafting all figures himself, Tjomsland’s work gained popularity, leading furniture manufacturer Hiorth & Østlyngen to take over some of the production. His inspiration stemmed from childhood experiences reading Polar literature and spending time with his father at the Zoological Museum in Oslo. Tjomsland’s artistic style featured simplified organic shapes and soft yet well-defined lines.