Marie-Louise Høstbo joined the Fritz Hansen household a 12 months in the past because the Head of Design after spending the final twenty years bridging structure and Danish design. After receiving a Grasp’s Diploma in Structure in 2000 from the Royal Academy of Effective Arts in Copenhagen, Høstbo labored as an architect earlier than establishing galleries in Copenhagen, Paris, and Zurich for the Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery. Having gathered in depth design information alongside the way in which, it’s no shock that she landed at one of the vital iconic Danish manufacturers of all time. Working on the Fritz Hansen headquarters simply outdoors of Copenhagen, Høstbo develops new merchandise whereas frequently working to form a model with 150 years of design historical past into the longer term. Learn on to find out about her function at Fritz Hansen and the workplace she makes all of it occur in, on this The place I Work.
What’s your studio/work setting like?
The corporate Fritz Hansen celebrates its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary this 12 months. Because the Thirties the corporate has been situated north of Copenhagen on the fringe of the forest. There’s loads of area as the previous manufacturing area is a part of the place we work.
How is your area organized/organized?
Working with design, the inside of the area is a mix of heritage items and modern design, useful, and aesthetically sturdy.
Should you might change one thing about your workspace, what would it not be?
Combining my personal library with my skilled area could be sensible!
How lengthy have you ever been on this area? The place did you’re employed earlier than that?
I’ve been with Fritz Hansen for the reason that summer season of 2021. For greater than 25 years I’ve labored with Danish design and structure, typically surrounded by design from Fritz Hansen.
Have you ever needed to make any changes to how you’re employed due to the pandemic?
The shut relationships with exterior Danish and worldwide designers proceed on-line, we’re wanting ahead to having nice abilities working within the workshop once more.
How do you see issues altering in your office shifting ahead with COVID-19 now part of our actuality?
Working in a big constructing makes it potential to have a wide range of locations to work from. Shorter conferences in effectively ventilated areas with fewer locations across the desk is a major signal of modifications. The acknowledgement of versatile creativity when working collectively from dwelling and within the workplace is one other – we hope to study from this in an extended perspective.
Is there an workplace pet?
We’re engaged on this, as a colleague, working with the Heritage workforce, has a golden retriever.
Do you require music within the background? In that case, who’re some favorites?
We work collectively in an open area and don’t take heed to music. When studying and doing analysis I focus too intently on the subject to have the ability to take heed to music.
How do you report concepts?
Notebooks are important in my work – I’ve used a number of totally different ones, for a protracted interval the plain pocket book from Moleskine has been a favourite (black, arduous cowl, 11.5×18 cm). It suits into most luggage it’s sturdy and the colour of the paper is nice.
Do you will have an inspiration board? What’s on it proper now?
I do, which regularly modifications. Presently I’ve a picture of my daughters once they had been younger, wooden items collected on my childhood seashore, collectibles from travels, and galvanizing photographs of artwork, structure, and design.
What’s your typical work model?
My calendar retains me alert and the collaboration with totally different departments requires scheduling to maintain tasks shifting ahead.
What’s your artistic course of and/or artistic workflow like? Does it change each undertaking or do you retain it the identical?
Even with a decent schedule on daily basis is totally different, which is fantastic. I’ve nice colleagues and the collaborations with exterior designers are bursting with creativity and by no means the identical. Individuals are distinctive and dealing shut with folks of various nationalities and cultures motivates me – I’m always curious to new inspiration.
What sort of artwork/design/objects may you will have scattered concerning the area?
Being surrounded by fantastic heritage design items is fantastic. The Oxford chair designed for St. Catherine’s School is a sculpture. The daybed, PK80, by Poul Kjærholm is a chic piece of design. The design within the area connects to collectibles from travels and utensils I exploit for work.
Are there instruments and/or equipment in your area?
The workshop at Fritz Hansen is a spot of its personal. The design builders work with each conventional instruments and equipment and 3D printers. It’s a workshop the place the exterior designers can work on the design in shut collaboration with the design division. That is how Arne Jacobsen created his furnishings, because the Egg chair and Swan chair.
What software(s) do you most get pleasure from utilizing within the design course of?
My eyes and my ears…
What’s in your desk proper now?
Scissors and pens – as I not too long ago labored on a presentation on a big piece of paper to begin a dialogue from and touch upon throughout the dialogue.
Is there a favourite undertaking/piece you’ve labored on?
When beginning at Fritz Hansen I joined the method of launching a number of heritage items which I’ve revered for a few years – when relaunching heritage items they will need to have a recent relevance and these do!
Inform us a few present undertaking you’re engaged on. What was the inspiration behind it?
The heritage assortment is a crucial a part of the Fritz Hansen portfolio –one other vital half is the creation of up to date items made in collaboration with proficient designers. The coherence within the assortment is important. Collectively the sunshine, the equipment and the furnishings create nice interiors with fantastic atmospheres.
Do you will have something in your house that you just’ve designed/created?
No, effectively sure – as a part of my library are the 2 books I did on Danish structure.
Photographs courtesy of Fritz Hansen.