Danish PEDERJESSEN is moving fast across the map of Danish design. So we took the opportunity to ask them five quick questions about who they are and what is the key to their success.
Which five words would you use to characterise your DNA as PEDERJESSEN?
Craftsmanship, prototyping, industrial design engineer, interdisciplinary and patience.
How would you describe your design process – where is your focus in particular?
For us, it is important to create furniture that still manages to push the boundaries. We spend quite a lot of time working through a concept, rendering 3D images and finally building a prototype in order to test the product.
We operate out of workshops in Godsbanen, situated in Aarhus, and frequently utilise the different possibilities there to achieve our designs; whether that be in ceramics, textile, wood or steel. We focus on new working methods/processes and like to experiment with new materials.
We achieve the best result by first ”getting the physical shape of the design”. The next step is to sell the design, which is an accomplishment in itself and for us it works best when we present a well-thought-out prototype.
Our time varies a lot between the office and the workshops, as we both prefer to use our hands compared to being stuck in the office all day.
Is there any particular kind of material that PEDERJESSEN prefers to work with?
We do not really have any preferred materials – it really depends on the idea, the concept, the target group, the pricing and who we cooperating with. We enjoy being true to the materials – we are not into “look-alike” materials or too many details.
In several of your latest projects, you have been working with Mater, and the CEO of Mater, Henrik Marstrand, describes you as a company with great focus on prototyping and good at participating with suppliers during the manufacturing process.
How did working with Mater promote you as professional designers?
We have a great cooperation with Mater and actually we’ve managed to initiate quite a few designs together. The RAY lamp was the first, then the IMAGO hangers and very soon the sofa ViTo will see the light of day.
The cooperation has taught us how important it is to have the product finished and prototyped to the very smallest of details before handing it over to the manufacturer.
We do the development work for our designs for Mater. It has been a privilege to work with professional developers from different countries, such as India, Slovenia, Turkey, Poland and Denmark. The process has also shown us how big a challenge it is to communicate regarding materials, methods, finish, surface treatments and especially language.
It requires patience and a lot of different skills before reaching a satisfying result.
What are your next two most important projects?
Right now we are working on a sofa and a lounge chair for Mater. Besides these, we are about to print a moulded shell chair 1:1. The chair will be covered with leather – a challenge we have not found a solution for yet – but we like challenges!
PEDERJESSEN is a design duo consisting of Søren Pedersen and Lasse Jessen, both educated as Design Engineers as well as being the founding partners of PEDERJESSEN.
Fredericia Furniture, Applicata and Mater