Words by Lucy Thomas
In a world where there is an abundance of influential designers out there it’s hard to keep up with who you need to be looking out for and following closely to capture the best new designs before anyone else. That's why we decided to make it easy for all of you with our series 'My Life in Design' where we handpick some of the greatest designers around so you don’t have to.
Our latest instalment is from Stockholm-based design studio JWDA. Founded by architect and designer Jonas Wagell, who boasts an enviable portfolio of global collaborations that range from Menu with the Concrete JDWA Table Lamp to Normann Copenhagen with the ever-popular Swell Sofa and the Rust Stay Table. It's safe to say that Wagell is at the forefront of contemporary Nordic design and although its likely that you've seen his designs and collaborations many times before you've probably not heard his story. So that's why we sat down with Jonas last week to talk about the advantages of collaboration and what it brings to the design sphere, as well as his top tips for achieving the perfect home.
Form, proportions and typography have always fascinated me and after high school, I started studying graphic design. My first job in the mid-nineties was with an advertising agency and as the firm’s business grew with telecom clients we expanded with designing showrooms, trade fairs and events around the world. This emerged my interest in three-dimensional form and collaborating with international design firms, like Imagination Ltd in London, and that eventually inspired me to go back to school for another five years of design and architecture studies.
I’m constantly listening to music as a mental backdrop in the studio. Music creates mood and with good mood comes inspiration. Regretfully, I spend too little time reading but enjoy watching films to relax and free my mind.
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