monqSTUDIO was established in the summer of 2013 and takes its name from its founder, who graduated as a furniture designer from TEKO in Herning in 2015. Based in Copenhagen, Monique Consentino founded monqSTUDIO while following a course in visual identity. After much contemplation about her own identity as a designer, monqSTUDIO became Consentino’s entrepreneurial project, which would eventually help kick start her future career.
In creating a successful business, she felt compelled to break free from the rules and norms dictated by the school, and thus explore a wholly different and more personal idiom in her designs. As a result, her projects originate by personal urge and interest where there – to a great extent – is a focus on the concept, the qualities and the functionality of the projects. From the beginning, it has been an important acknowledgement to her not to be too affected by trends.
“Functionalism, honesty and futurism are some of the things I’ve been drawn to, while my designs are marked by masculine features with a feminine touch. One can, in many cases, risk that the personal touch is lost in the design, as you follow a dictated trend, which is to blame for the design losing its timelessness. One can be lucky that their design is spot on, but what about in two years when it is not fashionable anymore? It becomes antiquated very quickly. These were some of the things that I wanted to avoid. I am doing this for myself as it is my way to freely express thoughts, designs and the person I am,” says Consentino.
Consentino has, however, experienced being part of a trend herself, when her wooden stool, ‘Mildred’, ended up being a hit. Even though Mildred constituted the start of her success, it was not where her heart lay The woodwork was not what inspired her, as such, but more the work with the contrast-filled materials and functions, and the connection between these.
“I found out that I am not, at all, Nordic in relation to my design approach. I like making products that are a little different and that push the consumer a little. My designs can split the crowd, so that the consumers, to a greater extent, have to relate to them, as they are made ‘too early’,” says Consentino.
She became aware that she had not found her way into the core of her designs, and subsequently created the ‘DB100’ – a daybed, which is a very current and experimental piece of furniture as was inspired by the industrialization and the opportunities of mass-production it led to. Even though Mildred and DB100 are different in their expressions, there are still connections between the two, as the interaction between the materials and the way the materials combine are the focus point.
So far, Consentino has had her designs presented at seven different exhibitions, with the latest two being exhibited at the art museum Trapholt in Kolding, Denmark, and the design fair northmodern in Copenhagen. Aside from this exposure, Consentino has signed a contract with the Danish furniture brand Skagerak (formerly Trip Trap) based on the DB100, which is currently in development. According to Consentino, the studio shall continue to function as her free-space, where she can express her creativity in her designs, making monqSTUDIO a playground for artistic expression and personal growth.
“The goal is not that monqSTUDIO is going to be a moneymaker – it has never been like that. It has to be a place where I can express myself and define myself personally as a designer,” adds Consentino.