Through the entrance, across the yard, into the back building and up to the second floor. This is where the VE2 design trio lives, founded in 2007 by Tilde Nygaard, Hugo Dines Schmidt and Morten Lauritzen. The founders shook hands in the best musketeer spirit of one for all, and all for one, to find their way to better and more correct solutions.
“Our highest ambition is to create coherence. The design must have a clear functional justification and be an aesthetic and natural part of the user’s universe,” Tilde Nygaard states. The three designers have a background in architecture, specialising in industrial design, and they work in the force field of form and space. They cultivate ideas and new potential within the synergy between furniture and product design as well as interiors of professional spaces such as offices, shops and exhibition stands.
“The process benefits from the fact that all three of us are used to stepping back and observing the complete solution as well as the space or environment that are the object of our solutions. We work on a wide range of commissions of all sizes, from consumer design to urban furniture.
This is why we think everything into a context,” Hugo Dines Schmidt explains.
Our highest ambition is to create coherence. The design must have a clear functional justification and be an aesthetic and natural part of the user’s universe.
“We tackle our commissions with enthusiasm and dedication in a close dialogue with our customers and partners. This makes us part of a team that strives towards a common goal and whose members listen to each other’s good ideas and constructive contributions.” Morten Lauritzen nods and adds: “Our ideas and solutions must take account of the space or architecture. Stylistically we make a virtue of seeking the simple and cutting to the bone. We use a lot of time and energy in making functionality and aesthetics meet in complete harmony. We try to see things from the outside and the inside by looking at the surroundings in which everything needs to work together. Nothing must stand alone. Everything must be part of an interaction with other products and changing contexts. For example, a storage bowl must be able to leave the kitchen and take its place on the dinner table as a serving dish when there are guests. Simply because it is designed to function in both situations and has its own appearance.” On a daily basis, the three designers are immersed in their respective projects or a part of a larger process. They discuss each other’s ideas along the way, help with technical challenges and generally offer their opinions. Tilde Nygaard describes it in this way: “Each of us is different as a person and each of us can call on our professional experience. This is precisely the strength of our collaboration. We supplement and complement each other. We add energy, ideas and, not least, our opinions when it comes to giving our solutions an extra edge and character, or simplifying things a bit to make our solutions even stronger and give them a special identity. Our solutions can certainly have more than one function, such as a small lid that can also act as a glass trivet. That way all three of us can vouch for every single item, and it is not allowed to escape into the outside world before we are all happy with it.”