Designer insights with Johan Lindstén

Johan Lindstén is a furniture designer, creating well-thought out design concepts utilising unexpected details, for Swedish furniture company Johanson Design. This design firm consistently focuses on modern and timeless design.  Whilst Johan has created sound absorbers, chairs and armchairs that are expertly crafted, interplaying different surfaces, materials and angles. Johan also studied industrial design at Växjö University and furniture design at Carl Malmsten CTD at Linköping University. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Johan Lindstén.

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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?

A unique and distinguished design that creates interest with its unexpected details, this together with a related narrative that justify the products being.

2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?

The creative process is the most exciting and also the most enjoyable part of them all. I always start creating a design brief, so I roughly know my boundaries and limitations before brainstorming and sketching can begin.

3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?

This question is impossible to answer by choosing just one person. I admire Dan Johanson and Paul Johanson. They are two people with a vast driving force and entrepreneurship that is constantly developing their own concept/brand further. I have design colleagues that year after year create beautiful products. Åke Axelsson for instance, he is one of the greatest and most creative designer who have succeeded to generate contemporary and beautiful furniture since the sixties.

4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?

I listen to music, this gets me inspired. I try to interpret the environment differently and with an open mind. I also questioning the common method/way/technique of everyday. This gives me answers, ideas and inspiration for every new product.

5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?

Many different happenings/actions/events in my life have affected and shaped me to this point. I believe in the butterfly effect where everything is braided together. Facts like: I loved building with Lego, I idolized my grandfather who was a cabinet maker, my older sister became an architect. It goes on and on. Go for it 100%. Be patient and never give up. Believe in yourself.