What is your first memory of design?
My mother’s drawing board! She is an architect, and back then, in the beginning of the 90s, everything was drawn by hand, and architects would build tiny cardboard models of buildings to see how they would look. I was infinitely fascinated by the various tools architects used. All the technical pens, rulers, pantographs were interesting because they served to create magic. I still recall the strange shape of the tool by the name ‘French curve’. As a little girl, I could play with it for hours on end.
To you, what is the perfect shape?
I love the shape of a rounded bowl, like an ideal half of a sphere. I associate it with warmth, and images of hands holding a bowl are very sensual in my view. Perhaps there is tea in the bowl, and the warmth spreads to the hands. It is a shape that appeals to interaction.
Why did you choose to work with design?
As a child I would spent hours drawing and making things, and my parents would provide me with creative tools rather than actual toys. Most often, I would be building and decorating toy houses, designing clothes or making my own fashion magazines. Later on, I became fascinated by glass, and this versatile and challenging material became my primary object of study during design school. Today, as a designer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, I am mostly interested in transforming my creative visions into functional everyday objects that have an aesthetic value and appeal to human interaction at the same time.
What were your thoughts when designing the jewellery stand Castea for blomus?
The initial idea came from my own personal need for a place to put my bracelets, rings, and necklaces when not in use. Somehow, they always got lost in piles of other stuff. But it was also a wish to display all the precious jewellery that most women like to look at, also when not wearing it. Hence, I created an object for keeping, collecting, and presenting the jewellery, which also looks like a minimalist piece of jewellery itself. I also wanted to challenge the traditional concept of the jewellery stand a little bit and include for instance little built-in trays lined with leather for all the smaller pieces like rings and earrings.
What was the most interesting when working on Castea?
My designs tend to be rather delicate and feminine. That is what I am naturally drawn to. However, it was both challenging and fun to step out of this comfort zone and toughen up the look a little bit. blomus is a quite concrete, minimalist brand, so I had to adjust my ideas, still balancing them with the warmth and playfulness that I love so much. Sometimes limitations and are great for the creative process – and for the outcome as well.