If you have been following us on the blog you might have noticed that we have a new collection coming out. Everyday pleasure may be the words that best capture the feel of the Fall collection. The collection focuses on everyday moments and how even the smallest things can bring great pleasure to your daily life.
We have asked some of the designers, who have contributed to the collection, about their favorite everyday moments. This post will introduce you to the Icelandic designer Sirgurjón Pálsson’s universe.
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Sirgurjón Pálsson has since his graduation from the Danish Academy of Fine Arts won several awards for his designs, which are characterized by their simplicity and harmononious expression. He strives to find the right combination of shape, function and materials to achieve this harmony - and create a design that is beautiful yet stripped from everything unnecessary. Pálsson is not only recognized for his designs, he is also an acknowledged crime writer.
Sigurjón Pálsson holding one of the Shorebirds.
For Normann Copenhagen Sigurjón Pálsson has designed Shorebird, a range of decorative wooden birds. There are three sizes of birds resembling three different species of wading birds with their own unique character and personality.
A selection of the Shorebirds by Normann Copenhagen.
At the time of the interview Sigurjón Pálsson was traveling in China.
What is your favorite everyday moment?
At this very moment, after a tiring, hot late summer day in the hazy and stinking air of the overcrowded Emperor Summer Palace in Beijing, my thoughts go to one specific place. I close my eyes and I am there instantly: Grásiða, my summer house in Iceland.
It is a chilly Fall morning, clear and quiet. I stand on the balcony with the morning’s first cup of steaming freshly brewed coffee. It is a weekday and I am looking forward to a new day of work. Here, I am all alone. The summer season has ended and my neighbors are only here in the weekends.
Iceland on a cold, fresh Fall morning.
What makes this moment special?
Melancholy silence – Even the last migratory birds have flown south and a feeling of loss seems to spread among those who are not leaving, making the silence absolute. I fill my lungs with clear, cold morning air, heavily scented with the aromas of Fall. When I exhale, a cloud of steam rises. The sun slowly comes out over the treetops and the spider’s manifold masterwork is revealed by the morning mist. As soon as the sun gives off heat, the morning fog lifts, the web disappears and so does this magic moment. Or does it?
Such a moment lasts forever, if you want it to. Nothing inspires one more to sit down and create than moments like that. Moments of silent solitude. Create something extraordinarily beautiful, evident and natural. Something so simple that it almost could not have been done differently. If you take something away it does not work and if you try adding something it becomes superfluous.
Outside Grásiða – Sigurjón Pálsson´s summer house in Iceland.
How did the design of Shorebird come to life?
Shorebird is the result of a rather long, diffuse and undefined period of preparatory work where birds were the theme. I deliberately kept approaching the origin which in the end came to be a few figures whose simple silhouettes in an evident and live way resembled birds which everyone was familiar with, in postures characteristic for each and every one.
The materials should be as few as possible without unnecessary decorations. Gradually and consequently I decided that the bird should also be made in the simplest way; by a small joiner company with the most primitive tools and machinery.
I studied photographs and movies of birds and their behavior. I ended up choosing the posture they have when they are searching for food on the beach. That posture also gave me the three necessary „legs“ for the figure to stand on; its two long legs and beak. A small adjustment of style and some minor refinements, and the posture could easily be done by a lathe. Finally all it needed was finishing, three holes and an equivalent number of colored steel sticks. The bird was ready.
What is great everyday design to you?
The optimum design must be when function, form and aesthetics come together in an inseparable unity that cannot be meddled with, without being destroyed. Such a human creation is unlikely to exist. Why? Because we all have different tastes, needs and sense of aesthetics. But still, it is our, the designers, task and duty to strive for perfection every time we give shape to an object and then we will see how close to perfect we can get.
If you want to add a touch of the enchanting Icelandic atmosphere that Pálsson so vividly describes, you can find his beautiful and curious birds right here.
We have more designer interviews coming up. In the meantime you can read the previous interview with Studio Klass here.