Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen “go to great lengths to embrace materials with a bad rep” to alter predefined assumptions
In a Q&A series, the designers and artists participating in The Mindcraft Project tell us about their process, what they are working on, how they use their favorite tool and generally what they are into right now. A warm welcome to Emil Krøyer and Mads Sætter-Lassen from the Copenhagen-based design duo Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen.
What we do in our studio:
We work within three areas of design: product design, interior and unique exhibition pieces. All closely related and with a lot of process similarities.
Essential working tool:
Our process is both digital and analogue. Our essential working tools are therefore; pencil, 3D printer and hand tools.
What we work on at the moment:
Right now, we are building our new studio. We have been so lucky as to get access to a small part of a huge hall (The Tunnel Factory), where we are building a small house as our studio. The Tunnel Factory was built in the 1990s to produce the concrete tunnel elements for the Øresundstunnel between Denmark and Sweden. A great place that embodies a part of Danish history.
Best design experience we had recently:
During the last couple of months, we have been finalizing our objects produced with a 3D concrete printer. It has been a true pleasure to gain insight in a new production way -and form.
That’s a hard one! Generally, we are very curious about different materials’ unique qualities. We go to great lengths to embrace materials with a bad rep. In Denmark, for example, birch tree has a bad reputation because it reminds people about the surfaces of mass-produced furniture for institutions. But for us, this creates a challenge to look at the materials in a new way and introduce its qualities and alter the predefined assumption.
What we listen to when we work:
It depends on the type of work we are doing, but three all-time favorites are: First Hate, Bremer/Mccoy and Talking Heads.
Next travel destination:
This spring we were supposed to travel to Italy and The Netherlands, but all of our travelling plans are cancelled, instead we will enjoy the Danish spring and summer.
Carlo Scarpa had a fantastic ability to make essential details, as for example joints, beautiful. We often find inspiration in his way of handling materials.
3 things we are into right now:
The painter Gauguin