Anya Sebton is designer and interior architect who is drawn to the collaboration and communication whitin the creative field. Design is all about understanding what the need for a product is, she thinks. She grew up in an artist family in a home filled with he great Danish designers’ work, which influenced her interest in design. Anya likes to be a part of the whole design process, ”to make changes, not just visually, but also in choice of materials and how they are used in the best way”. Anya’s first product for Verk is the small table V.AS.01.
Tell us about V.AS.01!
– The inspiration and brief was to incorporate design details that highlight the function of a piece of furniture, such as a self-supporting form that requires no screws. We chose to shape a table based on the construction of a truss, creating a table that consciously elevates functional details into something visually appealing and playful.
The leveleling foot is special. Why so?
– It is the central element and made with wooden screws, placed directly on top of the cross foot of the table. The clarifying details have shaped the aesthetic expression of the entire table. We have enlighten the function and have let it become one of the most important design details in the product. Overall, i think V.AS.01 withstand being seen from every angle, and the balance between measurements, shape and materials emphasize craftsmanship with a Scandinavian expression.
Why did you want to work with Verk?
– I was very flattered by the question of designing a product for Verk. Their philosophy of uncompromisingly creating furniture that is produced locally from local, qualitative, consciously chosen materials is, for me, an optimal company to work with.
What has was most challenging with the assignment?
– The challenge here is the movement in the glue joint construction and the adaptation of the leg and supporting structure. It was extremely important to us to have a stable table that responds to the movement of the joint, and to be able to adapt the table to uneven floors. We have achieved the latter by means of a threaded wooden pin, which we developed ourselves. The pin allows you to adjust the height of the table and make it stable without having to turn the table over.
What defines you as a designer?
– I am driven out of curiosity and like to thoroughly research in my work. For me it is important the finished product has its purpose for the market.
Can design save the world?
– Well, as a designer you can choose to try to make a difference and focus on circular design that consumes less resources. It is also important to use the resources in ways that contribute to a more sustainable production. As a designer you are able to make choices that can make a difference.
In what way does your design contribute to a more sustainable design approach?
– My starting point is always to create a long-lasting design based on sustainable and circular materials.