Known for creating pared-back furnishings for the home and garden, Skagerak works with natural materials and clean lines to create a collection that is both contemporary and timeless.
Designer, Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm, has created a number of pieces with Skagerak including the wonderful Georg collection which includes stools, mirrors and benches. With her passion for minimalism and natural materials, Chris is a perfect fit for the Skagerak philosophy and we were thrilled to speak to her about the design process.
Q: Where does your passion for design come from?
A: As a kid I was always drawing and painting and I thought I was going to be an artist. I also spent a lot of time in my grandfather’s wood shop and my grandmother taught me to crochet and embroider. At a certain point I realised that creating functional objects for specific situations was what I really liked doing.
Q: How would you describe the Skagerak look?
A: At Skagerak, we set the bar high in our effort to develop products that will be as relevant in twenty years’ time as they are today, living side by side with our classics. Products characterised by craftsmanship, environmental sustainability and warm, inviting aesthetic qualities. These are products that appeal to people of all ages and bring beauty into everyday life.
Q: Has your signature style changed since the company began?
A: As a company, Skagerak celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. At the beginning the company was known for its wooden flooring and stairs. The brand has changed with the times and today Skagerak is a family-owned company with its roots in Scandinavian geography and proud furniture traditions. Our passion for wood and our focus on quality has remained intact as we have developed into a modern design brand with an extensive selection of contemporary products, created by established designers as well as up-and-coming talents.
Our vision is to create products that are ensured a long lifespan by virtue of their aesthetic and functional qualities – that’s how we define sustainability. We create products that are made to last, age well and accumulate stories. In our world, good stories and relationships are what matter most and we strive to design products that facilitate memorable meetings between people.
Q: Where do the design inspirations come from?
A: My starting point is always some kind of everyday scenario that I analyse and figure out how I can improve the situation somehow. I often do a lot of writing before I get to the sketching and modelling part.
What do you think makes a good design? A: When a certain product or service is so obvious and functional that you cannot believe it has not been around forever.
Q: How would you describe your own style?
A: I think I long for a very simple and functional yet cosy environment in my own home. Since I am not very good at keeping a tidy home, I go all in on simplicity in my work!
Q: Is there a particular piece in the Skagerak collection that you love the most?
A: I like most of the Skagerak products; the high quality craftsmanship and designs that last for generations. At the moment I am very proud of the Vivlio shelving system that I designed with Margrethe Odgaard. I like that you can easily change the functionality and look without the use of any tools.
Q: What do you love to use when you are decorating a room? Particular colours, prints etc?
A: White walls, pictures and lamps. My oldest son draws some really nice things, so a few of his drawings are on the walls and quite a few posters from exhibitions I have been to. My favourite picture is a lithograph by Danish artist John Kørner. We bought it when we didn’t have any money at all and really should have repaired the car instead - but it makes us happy every day.