Øivind Alexander Slaatto, is a Danish designer and founder of the SLAATTO Design studio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Having worked with Louis Poulsen and Le Klint on products Patera and Swirl respectively, Oivind takes part in this week’s ‘Quick Fire’
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Duck, inventor, pilot, musician, designer
What is the one product you wish you’d designed?
What inspires you?
Everything and everyone.
Swirl for Le Klint
If you didn’t work in design what would you do?
I would propably be a musician, artist or inventor somehow. Or whatever – it doesn’t really matter what I do as long as I go happy to bed in the end of the day and look forward to the new day in the morning
What would your dream project be?
An airship (including everything on board) an aircraft that flies without fossil fuels, a better world or something I don’t even know about yet.
What’s your favourite Instagram account?
I have deleted all my social media accounts including Instagram which I recommend everyone else to do who would like to have more time for real life and time for getting good ideas.
Patera for Louis Poulsen
What was the last thing you googled?
Oh – I haven’t deleted Google yet, but would love to do so. Last Googling is something as boring as a powdercoating company for a project.
Which of your designs are you most proud of?
I’m proud of all my designs – even those nobody knows about.
What or who is the next big thing in lighting?
I hope people learn to appreciate darkness more as something we shouldn’t be afraid of but actually need – and thereby request good darkness as we today request good lighting. Light is essential for life and so is darkness – and everything in between!
Lighting isn’t just decoration but has a huge impact on our life and wellbeing – the biological impact of light is something which we need to be more aware of and can’t continue to ignore. The Danish design culture has a long tradition for good light and is a good starting point for this jurney as new technologies enable sollutions we couldn’t ever dream of before.