Interview with Ã˜ivind Slaatto
Light touches me and makes me happy
"Light touches me and makes me happy ...." Ã˜ivind leans back in his chair. He is casually dressed in a pair of jeans, a short-sleeved shirt and blue Adidas sneakers. His hair is slightly combed back. His gaze is focused and is evidence of a man who is very involved in his cause. Besides the design of the most emblematic of speakers by B&0 he now has started a collaboration with Louis Poulsen, for which he has designed the geometric pendant lamp Patera. It takes a few seconds before Ã˜ivind continuous: "A doctor once said that I was sensitive to light and how I was doing was depending on the light, either good or bad." For example, I'll always get very tired at light exhibitions - I can ignore a bad piece of furniture, because I can just walk away, but light affects me to a particularly high degree ... It is a fantastic feeling to make people beautiful or ugly. Generally, I believe that there is too much light. I am a big fan of PH's light philosophy with regards to structure, shadows, glare and color in comparison to the needs of people for light. I follow the day and get up when it gets light and go to sleep when it is dark. Ã˜ivind directs his eyes to the window as if he would judge the gray weather outside. "Daylight ... is a natural light that is extremely important for us. In the south it is a very expressionistic lighting. Up here in the north, it is rather easy. Very poetic."
In addition to natural light, nature is very important for Ã˜ivind as well. "I am an aesthetician. Creating nice things gives me the immediate feeling of a better well-being and gives me an excuse to fabricate aesthetic things, and that is the real experience that ultimately makes me happy. If you are in nature, you are surrounded by aesthetics. Nature is resilient and has survived millions of years. A tree is the same on the top and on the bottom, but no one understands it. I have not yet been able to copy this creativity or complexity, but for me that is aesthetics. There is no conflict between design and aesthetics. Therefore, I like to get inspired by nature. " Therefore, the new pendant lamp Patera is greatly inspired by nature as well as the Fibonacci pattern: "The pattern expresses itself in the logarithmic curve that PH uses in his umbrellas, and that is the reason that Patera has a very strange and somewhat different pattern and a different shape, depending from which angle you look at it. The pattern makes the lamp alive." Ã˜ivind moves around in the chair and takes a sip of water. "The light is emitted in all directions. Patera is a permeable sphere, from which light is emitted. It is possible to draw lines of sight in all directions." Ã˜ivind grew up among artists and a number of his friends and acquaintances nowadays make a living from art. He was originally trained at the Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and played music from age 5 until age 30, when a concussion became the turning point of his career. "Because of the concussion I was not allowed to play for one year, and when the year had past, I did not want to play any longer and I have not played since then. I was envious of the baker who baked 15 loaves of bread, which 15 people were eating. It was important to me to create something physical, and when my sketch pad gradually filled with more and more drawings, there was only one way."
Although it has been seven years since he set aside the tuba and since his life took a new direction as a trained designer of the Design School Copenhagen, music has not quite left him. "As with music you have to be intuitive when it comes to design. No one thinks about how many hours you have spent in a basement until a piece of music sounds good, and you should not do this at all. It has to be naturally and intuitively for the ones listening and watching. You take something complex and make it natural." The same applies to the new pendant lamp Patera. Ã˜ivind spent many hours to design the model. "I wanted to create a three-dimensional Sudoku. The solution of this task was very mathematical. It is the most complex light that I've ever created. I think it has poetry, and it is intended as a modern crystal chandelier. I hope that people will like to move around it. I hope it produces life. Originally it was primarily intended for the professional market, but nowadays more and more people live in large spaces, and a large pendant lamp can connect the space. It should not only produce light but be the ritual rallying point, as it was the fireplace in the old days. And I believe that Patera does a really good job."