The Aesthete: Øivind Slaatto talks personal taste

Danish designer Øivind Slaatto has created simple, poetic product designs for Le Klint, Bang & Olufsen and Louis Poulsen lighting

Øivind Slaatto at home in Copenhagen
Øivind Slaatto at home in Copenhagen | Image: Irina Boersma

My personal style signifier is Japanese workers’ trousers. I bought eight pairs from a builder’s merchant in Omachi while I was working over there. They’re quite simple but the details are really good, which is how I approach my own design process. GR-225 Geride trousers, Y2,900 (about £20); store.workman.co.jp.

Anderssen & Voll for Hem Kumo sofa, from $2,800
Anderssen & Voll for Hem Kumo sofa, from $2,800

The last thing I bought and loved was a knife sharpener that I got for almost nothing from the Red Cross megastore in Nørrebro. I think my knives will last forever now. Fælledvej 4, 2200 Copenhagen (+4535-383 548; rodekors.dk).

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And the thing I’m eyeing next is the Kumo sofa by Anderssen & Voll for Danish brand Hem. It’s a cleverly made modular design that can be configured to fit your space – pretty much a perfect product. From $2,800, available to pre-order now for September; hem.com.

Cannondale Quick 1 bike, €1,249
Cannondale Quick 1 bike, €1,249

An indulgence I would never forgo is my collection of bicycles. Cycling is like breathing to me and I go everywhere by bike. I have four: a folding Brompton, an Omnium Cargo for carrying heavy things to the studio, a Cannondale sports bike for long distances, and an old one for leaving at the airport when I go overseas. Brompton, from £1,425; brompton.com. Cannondale Quick 1, €1,249; cannondale.com. Omnium Cargo, DKr17,499 (about £2,057); omniumcargo.dk

Il Giardino dei Suoni di Paul Fuchs, Tuscany
Il Giardino dei Suoni di Paul Fuchs, Tuscany

A recent find is the sculpture park Il Giardino dei Suoni di Paul Fuchs in Boccheggiano, Tuscany. Fuchs works with metal and stone to create vast, minimal sculptures that have this incredibly peaceful energy. Strada Provinciale Montemassi, 58026 Roccastrada GR (+3905-6699 8221).

The Bang & Olufsen A9 speaker that Slaatto gave to his brother, £1,999
The Bang & Olufsen A9 speaker that Slaatto gave to his brother, £1,999

The best gift I’ve given recently was Bang & Olufsen’s A9 speaker, which I gave to my brother Jakob for Christmas. It means something to both of us because it was the first product I designed and he helped me to make the model. We stayed up for 48 hours straight to meet the deadline. £1,999; bang‑olufsen.com.

The postcard given to him by his girlfriend
The postcard given to him by his girlfriend

And the best one I’ve received recently was a postcard of a palm tree from my girlfriend Camilla. It was from the In My Head exhibition at Milan Design Week in April, featuring installations by 20 students from HEAD, Geneva’s school of art and design. It was the most interesting show we saw in Milan, and this postcard will always remind me of it. hesge.ch.

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The one artist whose work I would collect is almost impossible to identify. I think it’s the most beautiful thing to collect lots of artists and designers. I am fascinated by Paul Fuchs so I’d probably start with one of his sculptures, then add pieces of furniture by French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec because everything they make is so stylish. bouroullec.com. paulfuchs.com

The person I rely on for personal wellbeing is my Alexander Technique teacher Erica Ebbe. I’ve been seeing her for a year and I’m far more aware of how I use my body when I sit, walk or stand. erikaebbe.com.

If I didn’t live in Copenhagen, I can’t imagine where else I would want to live. I’m privileged to be in a city that was planned with help of the urban architect Jan Gehl. He made it such an extraordinarily liveable place. It’s designed for bicycles and I have 350km of paths to choose from, including the ribbon-like Cykelslangen [Cycle Snake] from Bryggebroen to the Fisketorvet shopping mall on the waterfront. Winter sea swimming is very popular here and I swim with the Svanemøllebugtens Vinterbadelaug. The water is ice cold, but a hot sauna soon warms us up. Cykelslangen, visitcopenhagen.com. Svanemøllebugtens Vinterbadelaug, Svaneknoppen 7, 2100 (svanevinterbad.dk).

My favourite app is Moment. It tracks how much you use your phone and, as a result, I’ve deleted all my social-media profiles to give me more time and freedom. inthemoment.io.

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