I’ve asked a hand full of inspiring and talented people to each write a guest post for the blog to keep you entertained while I’m off on holiday in Southeast Asia. Fourth up is Kristina Dam, a Danish designer living in Copenhagen.
Kristina has been designing prints for a few years and have recently expanded her business to also include furniture and sculptures. She’s is also a new mother of two with her youngest baby arriving just a month ago. She is super sweet and I’m very impressed by her joggling work, a new baby and a new collection. I asked Kristina to share her favourite corners of her home, her new collection and her inspiration with us – enjoy x
Hi all readers of Rikke’s blog.
I’m Kristina Dam. I’m 33 years old and live with my husband and kids – 4,5 year old Vera and 1 month old Nord at Amager, Copenhagen. I’m an educated graphic designer from the Royal Danish School of Art and Architecture in 2007. I worked for 5 years at a agency as a graphic designer, but I always knew, that I wanted to start my own business, I just didn’t know when and where to start.
I founded Kristina Dam Studio in january 2012. It all started with some drawings, people liked them and bought them faster than I could draw, so I decided to make a series of limited print instead. I went to one of the nicest stores I know, Stilleben, and asked if the would retail my drawings. Jelena said yes and that’s how it all started.
Fast forward to three year later! Today I just packed 2 pallets of designs, which is going to Maison & Objet in Paris, one of the worlds nicest interior shows, it is my 3rd time there, and I’m pleased and proud to present another new collection of designs and furniture. Kristina Dam Studio is no longer only illustrations, but a whole collection of furniture, sculptures and small interior items. It gotten bigger without me even noticing. One design took the other, and I have so many new ideas that my biggest problem is to keep the production running, and find places that can produce my designs.
People always ask me where I find my inspiration. On one hand it is easy to answer “from every where” and on the other hand it’s difficult, because that is not a propper answer. So now I will try to answer the best way I know how: I travel a lot with my family, and that is my biggest inspiration. I love big cities like Berlin, NYC, Bangkok, London, Pairs and I always bring my sketch book. To take a break from everyday life is good for the flow of inspiration.
I also search for inspiration in fashion and styling, fx. my Botanic Posters are inspired by a combination of botanic in fashion and the fact that I grew up in the country with a mum and dad that loves being in the garden, in fact they did several garden “shows”/open house in their own garden. “Botanic is alive,” my mother use to say.
My furniture for the SS15 collection Botanic Storage is also a combination of the 70th flower storage and a mikado game combined with new materials like brass and oak tree. I just love to combine different materials, matte and glossy, oak and metal. Most of the time I work with a topic called design that in a simple manner challenge the limit of art and interior. I like to make sculptures and furniture that has more than one function, or sculptures that could be on exhibit in a gallery – but instead I do make a limited collection of 100 pcs. and sell them in interior stores.
I like to show you some pictures from my new collection:
Thank you Kristina. A talented designer, the sweetest person and living in a beautiful home – what is not to love? I just framed the Cactus print from her new line a few weeks ago – I love the botanical references. If you want to see more of Kristina’s designs, go check out her webpage and find Kristina on Instagram under @kristinadamstudio.
I am loving the guest posts while I’m away – more exciting ones to come, stay tuned!
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