Nils Ahrenberg is a German-Swedish designer, equally interested in problem solving, carpentry and aesthetics. He studied at Design Academy Eindhoven before, via an Erasmus scholarship, following his roots to Konstfack in Stockholm, where he subsequently got swooped up by Verk. The bookshelves for this collection is one of his first designs in production. Needless to say, we expect great thing from him in the future.
Why have you chosen to work with Verk?
– We have the same exact philosophy. They are doing exactly what I’m dreaming of doing as a designer. For me design is the process of change; it is a dynamic process of trial and error, striving to solve a problem, – to make something better, more beautiful, more functional. We work only with natural materials. That is a step back, but also a step forward towards the future.
In what way does your design contribute to a more sustainable society?
– These shelves are made out of wood. Wood is a sustainable material, if the production is done in a sustainable way. We make sure to use Swedish pine and being here, in Sweden ourselves, we are close enough to monitor what happens to the wood all through the chain. One should be on the lookout for really cheap wooden furniture. They might be the product of illegal logging.
Did the process differ from how you normally work?
– No, this exactly how I prefer to work. My process usually starts with me doodling something quite random and then fine-tuning it on the computer. Then I work on the prototype in the workshop. I love to be the maker as well.
Why are you a designer?
I have been dreaming of being a designer since I was nine years old. I always wanted to make things to be the way I wanted them to be, not following somebody else’s norms and standards. I was very into extreme sport for a while and couldn’t find gear I considered to be cool enough so I drew a few suggestion myself. But I still didn’t think I was good enough to apply to design school at first. Then I just went for it – and got accepted.
Can design save the word?
– When we give form to people’s surroundings that informs how they will feel and behave. Good design can make people more attentive, more mindful, more concerned about what is happening to their surroundings and to the world. Designers form the surroundings, then the surroundings form us.