Mini interview with Simon Legald

The Nabo Tray and Folk Candle Holder designed by Simon Legald.

The Danish designer Simon Legald has created several new products for Normann Copenhagen this year. We asked him five questions about his approach to design.

When Simon graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts he had already gotten several designs put into production. Today he works as Senior Designer at Normann Copenhagen.

1) When and how did you know that you would have a career in design?

I always thought I would work in advertising. When I was about 14 years old I got an assignment for school to make an analysis of a commercial for a chair. This was my first meeting with the concept of design. After highschool I went to Krabbesholm College where I took a semester in art and after that in product design. I realized there that I really wanted to use my time on making products.

Lumberjack Candle Holders designed by Simon Legald. Here in ash, oak and stained oak. 

 2) Who is your favorite designer?

I have many – but I really like Sam Hect (Industrial Facility), Barber Osgerby, Benjamin Hubert  and Jasper Morrison.

The Cloud Cushion with references to the Onkel Sofa – both designed by Simon Legald. Cloud is available in two sizes and several colors.

3) What defines a well designed product? 

Products that have a classic modesty with a contemporary touch.

Simon Legalds popular Block Table was launched in the Spring of 2012. This fall we have expanded the range with three new colors – black, white and coral. 

4) What is your favorite design classic?
I love Hella Jongerius´ Polder Sofa from Vitra. It is from 2005, so it is a newer design classic.

Polder Sofa designed by Hella Jongerius for Vitra.

 5) Where and when do you get inspired for your designs?

The best inspiration is when I don’t look for it but come across it by coincidence. I don’t have a specific way of collecting inspiration, but I tend to always photograph things I see and like.

Craft Salt & Pepper Mills designed by Simon Legald. They are made in solid white and black marble and oak wood. Craft will be in stock in 2014.

The Folk range consists of several candle holders which Simon Legald designed to be combined in different ways. Folk will be in stock in the beginning of December 2013. 

 Read more about Simon Legald here.

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