LAUGHTER WARMS YOUR HEART: INTERVIEW WITH DESIGNER ALEXANDER LERVIK
He designed a lamp in the shape of his brain, an illuminated handle that changes color to communicate if the hotel room is occupied. He even transformed the lobby of the Nordic Light Hotel into an airport hub. Who said innovation and irony can’t go hand in hand? Alexander Lervik (born 1972), is among the most famous Swedish product and interiors designers, and in the last 15 years has proved that these 2 elements, combined with a good dose of passion, can give way to quite sophisticated communicative machines.
We meet him at Stockholm Design Week 2013, where he presented “Spike Chair”, a chair inspired by tropical monsoons that provokingly resembles the seat of nails of a fakir, lamp “Lumière au Chocolat” with a lampshade made of chocolate that melts with the heat of light, and foldable table “Lucy” (produced byJohanson Design) which just won the Reddot Design Award 2013, thanks to its innovative folding mechanism.
Alexander’s objects have the warm immediacy of irony and the natural luminosity of what is unconventional. Warmth and light, so absent from the Swedish landscape, and so present in the designer’s work. Could it be a coincidence?