A TALK WITH NOTE DESIGN STUDIO
Photography by Erik Wåhlström
Note is a design studio based in Stockholm, operating through the vastness of creative fields. We peeked a look inside their open space, playing with chair mini-models, sneaking around the yet-to-finish projects and cruising between boxes, tables, raw wood materials and plastic bags, to find the true meaning of design and creativity.
To start from the very beginning, how was Note conceived and how did all started?
We started in 2008 as a very classic interior design and architecture firm, but after few years we felt we were just working and not having any motivation, because we didn’t have the possibility to express ourselves. We felt we needed to do something, to find our own identity, as we wanted to work with bigger variety of projects, products, lights, books, illustration, architecture… That became a new start for the studio: a real one. Some people left, some others came in, but after 2010 we finally had the vision of being one of the best design studios and this vision means being free to create and to do what we believe is the best for us and our clients.
Who is behind Note and how do you all collaborate together through projects?
The studio is now counting seven people (but growing). We have different roles, I (Cristiano Pigazzini) work with design management and strategies, Kristoffer Fagerström and Charlotte Ackemar with product design, Daniel Hecksher and Johannes Carlström work with architectural projects, Susanna Wåhlin is also involved in interior design projects but she’s also responsible for how we use colours in our projects, and Alexis Holmqvist is our Art Director. We believe in interdisciplinary collaboration, so we always like to involve different people from different disciplines we have in the studio. This helps us to create the unexpected in each project.
We noticed your involvement in different fields of creativity. What kind projects are you mostly interested into?
It would be very difficult to say, maybe a ceramics collection for Mutina? We love new challenges, we are open and always curious to hear new proposals. At the moment we are getting requests from many different fields, from designing a new line of strollers to a new Hotel concept, or creating new house’s facade materials, a huge variety of projects.
How did you meet with Mutina’s people?
We got in touch with them for a restaurant project we did in Stockholm, the Fine Food restaurant where we used the Mews tiles by Barber & Osgerby. After that we felt we had very much in common, as we share the same values in quality and design. Finally, we had the opportunity to meet during the Stockholm Furniture Fair in 2015. We just like each other and we will keep meeting when possible, especially to have some good food.
What’s your favorite Mutina collection/designer and why?
We really like Pico by Ronan & Erwan Bourollec: so delicate and elegant. Love at the first sight!
We noticed you are always relating to environmental issues. How does sustainability meet architecture in your projects?
Sustainability is not a question anymore, it is a fact. We actually don’t think much about it anymore, since it is a natural part of each project, as in choosing a colour or a material.
You operate around “places to live”: furniture, spaces and living accommodations. How would you describe your ideal place to live?
A place you always feel welcome, no matter what your age, nationality, sex or religion is. We have a dream project related to a place: we call it “Everyone’s Chapel”, a chapel under no religion, just a place to go to and enjoy.
Who are your usual clients and how do you shape your visions around them?
The common link for our client is ”ambition”, where the word is seen in a positive way.
Ambition to not stands for what seems clear and done but it is always aiming for better solutions just behind what we see right now. All of this helps to keep us visionary and curious.