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A chat with Chris L. Halstrøm

A quick chat with the designer behind the Interlude Daybed

February 1, 2020
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What did you have for breakfast?

Today it was an apple. I rarely eat a regular breakfast on weekdays. I am not hungry until around 11

Are you a good cook? Do you have a signature dish? Something you always return to make your guests?

I am an ok cook but I do not really like to cook. My husband always does the cooking and he is really good at especially Thai dishes.

Do you dance at home?

What’s your favorite song to dance to?

Sometimes. And Kooks by David Bowie is a good one to dance to.

What is a good track/album/playlist to hang out to? (Add a link/s if you want)

Anything by David Bowie. And I really like classical composers like Erik Satie and jazz pianist Jan Johansson

Are there any spaces / homes that have made an impact on you?  

When I was a kid I visited Alhambra in Granada. That place made me actively think that I wanted to work with form.

What was the house like that you grew up in?

I grew up in a typical sixties style house 15 km from Copenhagen. A real suburban area. We had three big windows next to each other overlooking the garden. I can still miss that big window sometimes.

Whats your favourite thing at home? (a chair, a piece of art, a book, a cup?) (Can you take an image of it)

It is very hard to point out a certain object. I have a lot of stuff and I feel I need them all

Who do feel are doing cool things now or in the past?

Impossible to answer. There are so many different cool people in the world. But I have an enormous respect for the group Venligboerne. A big group of people from all kinds of backgrounds getting together to help other people from all kinds of backgrounds without prejudice. They are showing that meeting people with kindness is not naive, on the contrary it is the only way forward.

You clearly have a strong sense of aesthetic. Do you feel that you are pulling on the energies of different cultures, designers/people? Who/what inspires you?

I think it is quite impossible to work with design in general without being influenced by what you meet in your surroundings. But of course you can seek this inspiration more or less actively. I like reading and especially Roland Barthes and Willy Ørskov has shaped how I think about design. And then I can not escape my fascination of the traditional Japanese approach to function and aesthetic.

How does it look where you work?

My studio is placed in the oldest part of Copenhagen and everything is crooked, but I like it a lot and I feel there is a good space for me to work. I feel quite at home there.

What should a sofa do for you?

A sofa should indicate a space for relaxing and it should be easy to use in different ways.

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