Torbjørn Afdal (1917-1999) is remembered as one of the most prolific and well-respected Norwegian designers of the postwar period. Afdal studied at the National Academy of Craft and Art Industry, graduating in 1946. He was taken on as a designer by Bruksbo Tegnekontor (Bruksbo Drawing Office), eventually becoming the company's top designer. His furniture was purchased by Jacqueline Kennedy as she was the first place in the White House, and by the Japanese emperor.
Afdal belonged to the Scandinavian / Danish design tradition and used traditional design language with clean lines and solid constructions. His most used materials were teak and rosewood in combination with leather and steel. He was heavily influenced by Danish furniture design and is mistakenly often stated to be a Danish designer.