Interview with the designer Terkel Skou Steffensen

Dennis Moya: Hello Terkel how are you?

Terkel Skou Steffensen: Thank you I am great. Enjoying summer in Copenhagen, finally.

DM: Can you introduce yourself?

TSS: Yes. My name is Terkel Skou Steffensen, I am from the northern part of Denmark, but live and work in Copenhagen. I used to work in furniture company Hay for some years, before I decided to move to Lausanne to do my masters at ECAL. I stayed there for two years, which was amazing.

DM: Where does your interest in design come from?

TSS: That’s hard to say. I always loved to look at stuff and collect stuff. I am extremely curious and have always loved changes, new things. Further my mom always used to bring me interior magazines and books and I guess that also influenced me.

DM: Would you like to explain to us one of your projects?

TSS: Perhaps my diploma I did last spring in ECAL. This was for me properly the most giving project I have done so far. I decided to design a task light that should be a simplified version of all task lights on the market. I wanted to reduce everything you normally see in a task / office light, and get something really simple and useful.

DM: Do you have a favorite material to work with?

TSS: No I just try to get the most out of the material I use, for the specific design.

DM: Do you have a designer that you admire?

TSS: I admire Jasper Morrison a lot. He is always on the point. His designs are simple interpretations of already existing products, but he adds something extra to it and makes it better.

DM: Is there a book which opened your eyes about design?

TSS: Hmmm. Properly not a book. But, when I was very young, I went with my family to see a solo exhibition of Jørn Utzon the Danish architect at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark. That was an eye opener.

DM: The last word…

TSS: Thanks for reaching out! All the best. Have a good summer in Switzerland.



Interview:
Dennis Moya
Tiffany Bähler

Published:
07.2017

Pictures:
©Terkel Skou Steffensen
Tasklight & Two ways by Axel Crettenand / ECAL