I love these exciting few weeks as details of the autumn-winter collections start to be released, and safe to say I will be sharing my favourite Nordic interior design finds with you, starting with Denmark’s longest standing and much-loved design brand, Broste Copenhagen.
What has added to my excitement even more however is that Broste Copenhagen has recently appointed Kristina Dam as their Brand and Design Director.
Kristina’s distinctive and beautiful style has long been an inspiration of mine. Whether furniture or home accessories, she merges her great love for art, architecture and interiors to create pieces that may appear simple, but are in fact packed with precision detailing and craftsmanship of the highest quality.
I was lucky enough to chat with Kristina recently about her new role, her lifelong creative inspirations and how spending more time in her own home these past few months, has influenced what we can expect from Broste Copenhagen this season.
Over to Kristina to tell us more:
For the best part of a decade your unique designs have been a firm favourite of Scandinavian lifestyle stores, magazines and homes. But how does your creative journey begin?
This might sound strange, but rather than a journey, it is a state of mind for me. A constant and underlying approach that is part of who I am.
With a background in graphic design and architecture, I have sketched and taken photos for as long as I can remember. Over the last handful of days for example, I have found inspiration while walking on the beach, finding stones and shells, and coordinating their colour and shapes. I have photographed a series of steel pillars holding up a bridgehead in Hamburg and visited the exhibition of Danish painter Anna Ancher in Skagen.
Inspiration is all around us, you just have to grab it.
You are renowned for your distinct sense of style. How has it evolved, and where do you find new ideas for products or collections?
After many years studying and reacting to other people’s work, I instantly know what I like and am very seldom in doubt. As you can appreciate, this has a huge impact on my work, and I think those around me can see more than I just how much my sense of style has evolved in recent years.
When working on something new I make myself a design-guide, a provisional plan, that focusses my ideas and steers me in the right direction.
You recently joined Broste Copenhagen as their Brand and Design Director. What commonalities in design inspirations and aspirations do you share?
The journey has only just started, but we have a lot of great ideas.
As Brand and Design Director for both Broste Copenhagen and my own Kristina Dam Studio, it will be my task to continue and refine the DNA for both companies. While of course, the companies’ design strategies are different, and they will continue to be so, the crucial points are basically the same; it is about creating stylish and sustainable Nordic design.
I am very much looking forward to working with trend colours and a wide variety of materials for Broste Copenhagen’s future collections, creating memorable pieces that will be cherished and enjoyed for years to come.
The Autumn Winter 2020 collection from Broste Copenhagen is a tribute to human connections, sanctuaries and homes. In this post-pandemic world what does home mean to you, and how has it changed during the last few months?
Now more than ever, wherever in the world we may live, we are all looking for comfort and a sense of belonging. Taking a closer look at how we personally achieve this has been the starting point for our new season collection at Broste Copenhagen.
For me, my home is my safe zone and haven, a space for family and for relaxation. What was added to this sphere during the recent pandemic was that my home also had to be a workspace.
I must admit I didn’t like it at first, so I began with buying myself a new desk, a vintage one of course made by Danish architect Kai Kristiansen. Once I found the perfect spot to place it, it all came together by itself, it didn’t feel strange to work from home anymore. In the future I would actually like to work from home more often.
Given the extraordinary year we’ve all experienced, what is exciting you in the interior design world right now and what can we look forward to seeing from Broste Copenhagen?
The Autumn Winter 2020 collection from Broste Copenhagen allows you to playfully mix favourite heirlooms, old classics and new pieces together. You will see a lot of natural tones, organic shapes and soft textiles. By bringing together patterns, structures and contours you add an authentic and personal atmosphere to your home.
We are also developing many new designs in-house and also working with guest designers. Our focus is also on sustainable production, while lots of our products already have a sustainable profile, we would like to refine this even more and are already in the process of finding our way with this.
Thank you so much to Kristina for chatting with me. I already have a list of new season pieces I’d love to add to my home.
To find out more about Kristina Dam and Broste Copenhagen, or to shop the Autumn Winter 2020 collection please visit the Broste Copenhagen website.
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All photography courtesy of Broste Copenhagen.