Design Talk:
Kristina Dam

 

 1. How would you describe your unique style and aesthetic?
      • I love simple straighforward designs. I see my designs as graphic sculptures - objects that should be enjoyable and beautiful to look at from every angle adding an attitude to your interior.

    • 2. When starting a new project, what is the creative process each product goes through?

      I don't have a specific process that I follow. Some products have had a long process yet others just matured and ripened over night. One thing is for sure though, new products always emerge from my notebook that I always carry around. This is where my ideas are outlined for the first time and this is my creative database. From there the products evolve as I find the right materials and size - drawing on the computer as well as real size modelling is of course part of the progress.

3. When looking for new ideas is there a particular thing you do to look for inspiration?

I'm very much inspired by materials. From the structure of a textile to the feeling and warmth of different marble surfaces. Geometric shapes and forms inspire me; you know the small details that you just happen to stumble upon. And then I keep an eye on the fashion industry - they tend to always be ahead regarding colour, fabrics, material and shapes.

    •  4. How do you view the development of storage furniture in interior design?

      I feel that storage furniture for a long time has been a forgotten design object. From the 50's and 60's there are so many beautiful storage designs by Danish designers alone (Finn Juhl, Kai Kristiansen, Arne Vodder, Skovmand & Andersen) and even though the designs are primarily in wood the idiom is very strong. The funny thing is that everyone needs storage furniture but anyhow many people just didn't want the furniture to have a strong appearance in their interior and just wanted it to somehow blend into the wall. Luckily I see that this androgynous perspective of storage furniture has diminished and I see more and more designers develop and play with that object again - my own grid cabinet is an example of this tendancy too.

       

       5. How do you feel your products fulfil both form and function?

      Most of my products have a designated function - you can use them for something: put your hat or coat on it, play with it, put your jewellery in it, sit on it etc. In order to satisfy my inner artist (before I started the studio I used many hours drawing and painting and did exhibitions) I always allow myself to design at least one object in every new collection that has no function at all. A sculpture with a single mission - to please and intrigue the eye of the viewer. I've primarily been working in steel when doing these objects but I also had the urge to use concrete. Somehow it fascinated me that the surface of this material differs far more than I expected and is so stone-ish and yet fragile. I love how each item differs a bit just because the surface has small changes in the sculpture Concrete Sculpture is a heavy bastard - not designed to be flatpacked or having the cheapest freight price tag. This one producgt is my playroom and in this instance business parameters are of no importance to me.

       

                  • 6. How does your studio "define sculptural minimalism"?

                    Simplicity is what I aim at while I try to give every product I do a sculptural feel to it, so if the product had no function, it would be an object that you would still love to have in your interior. Like minimalistic music repetition is of the essence and I love how simple forms when combined and changed in volume can turn into almost anything. Usable, simple (and hopefully beautiful) objects is what I try to do.

        7. How long does it take to develop a product through design and prototype to complete?

        Again this differs a lot. But relatively fast I guess. The DNA of the designs are as said previously in my notebook and from there it can take as little as two prototypes from my manufacturers before we have the final product at hand.

8. How did you approach desinging the Grid Coat Stand?

This is actually a quite funny story. This design was made out of a specified need. The Grid Coat is designed to my old apartment that my family and I lived in at that time. I couldn't find any furniture for our coats and shoes that I liked that could fit in our entrance hall. So I did it myself.

 

 

 9. Which beautifully designed storage or organising product do you covet?

I have always loved the ESU Shelf (Eames) or the nyhavn table by F. Juhl.

 

10. Are you fanatical about buying great storage for your own home?

No, I don't think so. I have an old Danish designed teak cabinet and my own grid cabinet in our living room. All other storage units are white and if possible integrated in the interior.

 

11. Do you have any great organising tips you can pass on?

Keep lists and write down every idea that pops into your head the second they come to you - inspiration can strike you anywhere.