Interview. “Candy for the Eyes” Home Decor with Kristina Dam Studio

On January 14, 2022, Kristina Dam Studio released its new Japanese tray desk selection. Following this, we spoke to founder Kristina Dam about household decor while digging deeper into the studio and the new selection.

Kristina Dam was only weeks absent from getting a plane to Japan until finally COVID halted her programs in 2020. The youthful Scandinavian designer has been a heartfelt lover of Japanese culture, notably in layout and architecture, ever considering the fact that her reports. The two worlds, that of Scandinavia and Japan, have an overlapping interest in minimalism it is this tie that can be viewed in the solutions produced by Kristina Dam Studio, established in 2012. 

While the studio joined forces with Broste Copenhagen a few a long time back and can boast of its new Japanese tray desk selection these days, Kristina Dam 1st began her layout job generating black and white graphic illustrations as a way to make artwork accessible for the normal human being devoid of paying for art by way of galleries.

Kristina Dam Studio put together forces with Broste Copenhagen a few decades ago. Courtesy of Broste Copenhagen.

“Galleries could look unwelcoming, closed-off,” Kristina Dam explained in an interview with ArchiExpo e-Magazine, referring to how some persons made use of to really feel not comfortable coming into galleries, as though they didn’t belong. “But that was ten decades back.”

Much has modified in ten decades. Her studio moved from marketing illustrations to constrained version sculptures, with the major aim of generating art accessible to more homes, right until moving into the home furnishings field with a aim on sculptural minimalism. Right now, furnishings can make up the bulk of the activity created by the studio, though it continues to launch a sculpture piece each and every period.

The collaboration with Danish interior model Broste Copenhagen a couple a long time back has permitted Kristina Dam to extend manufacturing and advancement for more big-scale home furnishings. When a startup with a staff of five people today, the studio can now go further than the minimal design and style alternatives, doubling turnover two times in a row and increasing collections.

The Japanese Tray Table Selection

As Kristina Dam is the structure director for the two brands, with the all round responsibility for the style expression and how the organizations will develop, she maintains innovative liberty and though she skipped the likelihood to visit Japan for the first time in 2020, the culture has sustained its impact on her style thoughts.

“I admire the Japanese way of behaving, the aged classic type of not getting a lot home furnishings but extremely architectural areas I really like how they are living in little areas and pick furnishings for their interiors with extraordinary awareness: greatest elements, community craftsmanship.”

In January of this yr, Kristina Dam Studio released its new Japanese tray desk assortment. When impressed by the Japanese style and design custom and the incense boxes of the Edo era, Kristina Dam Studio integrated a Scandinavian acquire on the adaptable tray tables. 

The multi-purposeful tray tables come in three measurements with a single cleanse glance. The rectangular desk turns into a luxurious bench or attractive adore seat when topped with the fitted cushion in cognac nubuck. The collection exemplifies the studio’s ever-likely objective to work solely with genuine, purely natural and cautiously picked materials. 

The Japanese tray table assortment. Courtesy of Kristina Dam Studio.

“I use a good deal of oak in all my wood home furniture due to the fact it’s really European, Scandinavian. We get the wood in Poland exactly where we manufacture the pieces, so it’s regionally sourced.”

A true case in point of the watchful selection of resources can be noticed in the new Japanese tray table produced in dim oiled oak. As an additional style element, the tray table is assembled with obvious dowels in smoked oak, a level where the two colors meet. 

“On the corners of the tray tables, I have utilised a diverse variety of wooden,” she explained, following describing that when each Scandinavian and Japanese style and design touch on the overlapping principle of minimalism, “There are extra refined aspects of Japanese tradition witnessed in the specifics, so I selected to aim on this just one element.”

By deciding to emphasize one facet of the products, the corner, and altering the remedy and color of the wooden for that depth she has accentuated the “Japanese way of pondering, putting benefit into depth.”

The multifunctionality of the tray tables reveals the Scandinavian touch she gave to the collection. The tray tables can also be used as storage, whilst the long tray table turns into a bench. The tray tables can be applied as a table for the dwelling place or as a side table when at the identical time supplying a graceful storage resolution underneath the lit. The tables can also be styled in a sculptural harmony with a lot more than one. The Japanese tray table – M has a cushion so it can be employed as a bench in the hallway or in the residing space.

Residence Decor: Useful Art, not One or the Other

Property decor is usually viewed on a philosophical, creative stage or a practical a person. When requested to define residence decor, Kristina Dam merged art and practicality, stating a lot of extras could be made use of basically as very well as artistically.

“I’m well balanced in in between the two,” she mentioned, stating her studio considers no matter whether their products and solutions are sculptural sufficient in advance of going forward with manufacturing and no matter if they have a story to explain to, pointing out the studio’s signature piece, a wood sphere, functions as a stand-by yourself artwork piece as very well as storage for makeup and jewellery. 

“I imagine all our components are examples of artwork. They are lovely pieces that could stand on your own as an art piece but can be applied virtually, so I have problem hunting at what’s purposeful and what’s household decor, as although it is divided.”

Combining art and functionality, in accordance to Kristina Dam, when picking property decor pieces, will insert far more worth. The exact goes for combining contrasting shades and materials – stone, glass, ceramics, wood. It is a great rule to mix products, she said. 

“It’s like candy for the eyes.”

The Japanese tray table selection. Courtesy of Kristina Dam Studio.