Precious heartbreaker

During the opening day of Clerkenwell Design Week, the KSS design team went to the Moroso showroom to attend a talk by Danish designer, musician and producer, Joannes Torpe.

Joannes began by describing his current portfolio of interior design projects, and how his bohemian parents and the hippie commune he grew up in, influenced his style and concepts.

He discussed his two collaborations with Moroso where he designed the ‘Precious Chair’ and ‘Heartbreaker’ taking inspiration from two episodes of his private life. The ‘Precious’ collection offers a rich variety of fabrics and finishes in a minimalist design reminiscent of the shape of a thin ring or wedding ring. The ‘Heartbreaker’ sofas represent the halves of a heart, or a broken heart, whimsically combining to form a full heart when the sofas are placed side by side.

Without going too deep into the aesthetic of the design itself, what made me appreciate his designs the most was his approach to a creative process that shamelessly included his feelings and his own private experiences. Perhaps now more than ever, where everything is impersonal and algorithmic, we need to bring this genuine attitude into our design and creative process. It is something we can certainly take on board within product and graphic design, especially on feature pieces or designing hospitality spaces where storytelling and the clients overall experience are even more crucial than the food itself.

I still consider that relevant when applied to bigger scale projects, as long as the personal point of view doesn’t cover the real purpose of the design. In fact architecture and interior design should be exploring creative solutions rather than going too personal and creating self-referential objects. Even more if we are designing hospitality and public spaces, when social and marketing responsibilities come first.

For more information; https://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/johannes-torpe/

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