Where do you find your inspiration?
“A concept might spring from a deep reflection or a spontaneous vision. Often, it comes at the most unexpected moments. Contrasts are often a source of inspiration for us. Both in our work and in our everyday life, we are constantly confronted with contrasts, and we often work with different references”.
Do you have a particular design DNA?
“Our design is based on a few key principles: quality, tradition and communication”.
What is your working process with ideas, drafts, prototypes and the finished product?
“It all begins with mind, paper and pen, and the computer gets us to the end of the process. During research and development, working in the workshop is very important for us. It’s never just a drawing; the physical form and the properties of the materials are very important, and therefore we work with models and prototypes”.
You often play with proportions – for example in Cartoon, Chariot and Rewrite. What does that element contribute?
“Proportion is the element that makes a perfect combination between quality and functionality”.
What is your approach to materials, texture and colour?
“Our first product was upholstery, and we still enjoy working with that. Throughout our career we have worked with a wide variety of materials and techniques. We love natural materials, which are honest and beautiful, and we like to combine them with new technologies, which offer us new possibilities and challenges”.
How do you know when a design is finished?
“Some designs are never finished, but you have to find the limits and complete a process … sometimes, you can tell from experience and a deep inner feeling that you have reached a good result”.
Do your different backgrounds – Danish versus Italian – show in your design?
“We work strictly with the Scandinavian approach to crafts, simplicity and functionalism, but there is always a strong emotion about the concept and story behind each work, which is probably more related to the classic Italian conceptual approach”.
Do you work side by side in the design process, or have you assigned each other different roles?
“We work very closely together in all the different stages of the creative and developing process. We share many of the same competences and interests and very much appreciate to be able to work in such a close collaboration”.
You vary between working in Denmark and working in Italy. How does that influence your design process?
“Personally, we have always looked to history with a respectful attitude, and we respect the traditions in both our cultures. Therefore it is very important for us to maintain a strong relationship between the two countries”.
How do you approach an interior design task such as Verandah in Copenhagen – it has to be a very different process from furniture design?
“In our projects, we always try to communicate an intimate and gentle felling. We approach design products and furniture as micro architecture and design interiors with delicate details and a careful combination of materials, including customised products. We aim to invite people to interact positively with both products and spaces. Since our career began, we have worked on very different projects, and we have recently been invited to work on some very innovative challenges. They are all extremely interesting, and we are very happy to have the opportunity to work in different fields”.