According to the Danish designer behind Møbel & Rum, Christoffer Skjøtt, Good craftsmanship comes down to the user experiencing what the maker intended they should when interacting with the product. When designing or crafting a product, Skjøtt wants to create a story, through sight and touch, that evokes a personal connection between the product and the consumer.
Colours and materials
Experiencing colour as a first impression can quickly define our opinion of a product. Colours evoke emotions and decisions. Products represent who we are and reflect elements of our personality. I truly believe in captivating the audience, encouraging them to want more, just from a first impression.
The aesthetic choice of materials, through touch, adds to the experience and knowledge of the product. Exploring and challenging the use of materials while understanding their unique qualities, yet expressing these through innovative solutions is key.
When designing, I am looking to create products from real, natural materials. The choice of natural oak for my ‘Satellite’ mirror was an easy one to make. I wanted to expose the wood’s grain and beauty. It makes you want to pick it up and play with it. How a product feels is almost as important as how it looks. Highlighting our senses prompts our emotions, encouraging the decisions we make.
‘Without mathematics, there is no art’ – Luca Pacioli.
When starting out as an artist/designer, the above quote defined everything for me. It was the rule from which I based my first designs on. Now, having learnt and experienced more, the proportions of each product help me to determine the function of the product. Without proportions, the products would be unbalanced and unnatural.
‘Form follows function’ is one of the cornerstones of my design thinking. There is a fine balance between sparking interest and curiosity and developing a functional product without losing the audience’s attention. The function of a product should speak for itself. If one doesn’t need instructions, then good craftsmanship has been achieved.
Sustainability is one of the most important aspects of my designs. I choose to look at the entire picture from ‘cradle-to-grave’. It is not enough to simply use organic cotton when making a product, if the rest of the production is burdened with immoral and damaging processes. As consumers, we need to make ourselves consciously aware and ask: Who, What, Why, Where and How? Good craftsmanship should challenge how our purchases impact the environment and the people who made them.
In this series:
Takes on Design, part I: Lars Vejen