In our work, we constantly meet and collaborate with talented people who bring something new to their individual field, whether it be the arts, architecture or design. Curious by nature, we want to discover what drives, inspires and triggers these creatives. This is what New Perspectives is about: passionate people who shine through in their work by taking the road less traveled.
To interior architect David Thulstrup, the highest achievement of his work is when a space invokes a feeling in the people present within them. Here, he speaks about why he chose to work with interior design, the underlying elements of his approach and why a bit of naivety goes a long way when creating new perspectives on design.
"I was raised in a family that went to church on Sundays. I remember sitting on the church bench as a kid, admiring the grand halls and furnishing them in my mind. From an early age, that prompted me to have an awareness of my surroundings and consider the endless list of emotions that could be brought forth through the design of a room.
I applied to both the architecture and design school in Copenhagen as a teenager. Already then, I had a feeling of being more drawn towards design and interiors rather than hardcore architecture, so one could say that it was a stroke of luck when the architecture school turned down my application.
Studying design, I was probably one of the poorest students in class. I couldn’t sit still and simply study the theoretical concepts of design; my intuition was more drawn towards the pragmatic way of learning. Needless to say, I rarely attended classes. Instead, I took a stylist job after the first semester that allowed me to work directly with design instead of reading about it in heavy books—it made more sense that way.
I think this practical approach shines through to this day: there aren't any philosophical elements present in my work. Having spent time as both a stylist and an architect at larger firms has given me a two-folded approach to design that allows me to dive into details. More importantly, it helps me to first and foremost design with people in mind. I find that you often lose sight of that when you’re working on a theoretical level; that you forget to connect the dots between the single objects of a room to create a context in which people can exist and thrive.
Inspirational moodboards created by Studio David Thulstrup for Muuto’s fair and in-store concepts.
The presence of furniture is only valid if each piece is used; they shouldn't just be there to look good nor should they make visual noise in the room and steal your attention from the rest of the space. Instead, the objects placed in a room should create a context in which the space can fulfill its purpose. Take the living room: that should make you feel calm, relaxed and safe as opposed to a gallery, where the context should direct focus to the art rather than its surroundings.
I find that a bit of ignorance goes along way when going innovative directions, regardless of what you're doing—knowing it all simply removes the naivety that fuels your curiosity and helps you view things from new perspectives.
Intuition is also important in this context when going new ways. However, that intuition must be shaped by experience. That way, it'll work as an underlying element that, along with materials and contexts, allows you to discover fresh ways of going about things and creating new perspectives within design."