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Designerportræt: Kasper Salto (1967 – )

Mens vores konkurrence om NAP-stolen stadig kører, er det jo helt nærliggende at denne måneds designportræt går tæt på netop NAP-stolens skaber: Kasper Salto.

{Source: Fritz Hansen}

Den 43-årige danske designer er en del af superligaen for nutidig dansk møbeldesign. Han har for længst slået sit navn fast, ikke kun hos virksomheder for sit industrielle design, men også hos helt almindelige private forbrugere. Han har modtaget et utal af priser for dit design og har leveret møbeldesign til stærke danske producenter som Fredericia Furniture og Fritz Hansen.

Kasper Salto er oprindeligt uddannet møbelsnedker i 1988, og selvom han også er uddannet møbeldesigner fra Danmarks Designskole i 1994, fornægter den håndværksmæssige del af Saltos møbeldesign sig ikke. Funktionalitet og komfort går i forreste række, når Kasper Salto arbejder på et nyt projekt.

{Source: Ice og NAP: Kasper Salto/Fotograf Egon Gade, Nosy: Kasper Salto/Fotograf Søren Nielsen}

Bungalow5 har spurgt Kasper Salto:

Nu er din nye NAP-stol snart i butikkerne. Den har allerede fået massiv medieomtale, men hvordan håber du, den vil blive modtaget af den enkelte forbruger?

Jeg håber den overrasker ved til fulde at opfylde sine pligter som stol, der er ikke noget værre end at købe noget for så derefter at opdage en masse fejl. Jeg er selv en ganske kritisk forbruger, så jeg kender fornemmelsen ved at blive skuffet.

Hvilke kriterier skal et produkt efter dine standarder leve op til for at blive et designmæssigt vellykket produkt?

Det skal indgå som en naturlig del af det daglige liv, så man næsten ikke bemærker det i brug, som når man tager en håndsyet handske i tyndt skind på, eller klipper med en Fiskars saks, eller kører langt i en god tysk bil, eller sidder i en god dansk stol. 

Hvordan er det at producere et møbel for Fritz Hansen, som jo i vidt omfang er kendt for at producere nogle af de virkelig store designklassikere designet af Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner og Poul Kjærholm?

Det er ret vildt i min verden, og det er jo noget jeg har drømt om lige siden jeg stod i Snedkerlære. Jeg har altid næsegrus beundret de store danske møbelarkitekter, og ikke mindst Arne Jacobsen. Men at være en af dem som får lov at komme til nu, det er lidt som en drøm der er blevet virkelig.

Kan du afsløre, hvad du nu er eller skal i gang med af projekter?

Jeg er sammen med min partner Thomas Sigsgaard i gang med et sjovt projekt. Og jeg vil glæde mig til at vise det frem en dag sammen med Thomas, indtil da holder vi det indendøre…

 

Designer Portrait: Kasper Salto (1967 -)

While our give away for the NAP-chair is still running, it is quite obvious that this month’s design portrait is to present the creator of the NAP-chair: Kasper Salto.

The 43-year-old Danish designer is part of the super league of contemporary Danish furniture design. He has established his name not only to companies for his industrial design, but also among ordinary consumers. He has received numerous awards for his design and has designed furniture with strong Danish producers like Fredericia Furniture and Republic of Fritz Hansen.

Kasper Salto is trained as a cabinetmaker in 1988 and although he is also educated furniture designer from the Danish Design School in 1994, the craftsmanship is a strong part of Salto furniture design. Functionality and comfort are required when Kasper Salto is working on a new project.

Bungalow5 has asked Kasper Salto:

Soon your new NA- chair is in the stores. It has already received massive media coverage, but what are your hopes for the receiving by the individual consumer?

I hope it will surprise by fully meet its obligations as a chair; there’s nothing worse than buying something and then discovering a lot of errors. I am quite a critical consumer myself, and I know the feeling of being disappointed.

What criteria must a design product according to your standards meet to become a successful product?

It must become a natural part of an everyday life. You must hardly notice it in use, like when you use a hand-made glove made off thin leather, or cuts with a Fiskars scissor, or go for a long ride in a good German car, or sitting in a good Danish chair.

How is it to produce a piece of furniture for Fritz Hansen, who is worldwide known for producing some of the really great design classics designed by Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner and Poul Kjærholm?

It’s pretty wild in my world, and that’s something I’ve dreamed of ever since I was training to be a cabinetmaker. I’ve always really admired the great Danish furniture designers, and not least, Arne Jacobsen. But to be one of the designers to follow, it’s a bit like a dream coming true.

Can you reveal what kind of project you are working on or are going to work on?

My partner Thomas Sigsgaard and I have started a fun project. And I am looking forward to show it one day with Thomas, but until then we are keeping it in the house …

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