Danish architect and furniture maker Peter Qvist creates iconic, state of the art furniture pieces. An uncompromising approach to creating unique and highly original furniture has led to the perfect balance of design, functionality and art.
The furniture is made in the workshop in Hornbæk north of Copenhagen, Denmark, and demonstrate how digital manufacturing meets skilled craftsmanship. The wood elements are produced via high precision CNC milling with minimal waste of material. After all finishing the assembly of the furniture is carefully performed. Leather, fabrics and various fittings are obtained from suppliers in Denmark or abroad.
The designs along with high quality materials brings the furniture to a level of highly modern handcrafted furniture pieces, and for every one of them leaving the workshop we take pride in being able to deliver it in the highest standard.
Freedom, free mind and action
Somehow, I’ve always had an instinctive vigour exploring and creating projects on my own. In my childhood it resulted in countless huts in the village and in the forest. The youth, however, mostly went in institutions from high school to architect study.
In 2002 at the age of 25 I bought a piece of land so that I could explore some construction possibilities with my own hands. Here I could combine designs in theory with craftmanship in a physical world,- and it was wonderful. In retrospect, this construction project was a reaction, a breakaway from an institutional environment that I felt somehow limited my creativity rather than supporting it. No matter what it was great fun and gave nice memories, and not least I became a lot wiser about working with wood.
Along with this experimental construction, I also began designing and making my first furniture. First by hand alone and a little later with the use of digital cnc based machinery. In fact, I made my first cnc furniture in the year 2004.
The following years from 2004 and forward my main interest was innovation in the implementation of renewable energy technologies in the building sector such as the passive house concept, solar cells, small wind turbines, electric vehicles and hydrogen technologies. This resulted, among other projects, in the H2PIA concept, world’s first hydrogen city, which was conceptualized in collaboration with a number of companies and public institutions in Denmark. I was in charge of planning the energy technological and architectural scenarios.
As the years passed I designed several houses/buildings in Denmark, such as single-family houses, summerhouses and halls. I found great pleasure in this work, and I was able to work with some cool architectural visions, and not least to work with exciting design details.
But there were 2 things that restricted my desire for design expression and presence throughout the projects. First there were obvious constraints on how far to draw some architectural visions, in terms of financial limits, building regulations, etc. Second, most of the time I was located behind the desk and soon the work disposition was 10% the creative design process and 90% administration, meetings etc. I missed the creative space and the physical presence in the projects.
My urge to explore new ways remained yet unchanged. Now parametric design started gradually to arouse my interest, and my first parametric building design was constructed in the form of a small fire hut, which I built together with my dad.
During this process, I began to see the possibilities of using the parametric 3D tools in furniture design, and that turned out to be the beginning of a new start. A new start where I again could combine designs in theory with craftmanship, and where I could define the framework for the design expressions and ideas myself. Hallelujah.
With the many years of experience in designing in association with craftmanship, it began to make more and more sense for me to focus on furniture.
In this field I could return to freedom, free mind and action in the manner I liked it. And somehow, this approach together with my aesthetic style is reflected in the range of furniture represented today. The pieces of furniture are like independent works, each expressing their own distinctive identity. Some furniture pieces appear complex and sophisticated in their design expression, while other pieces appear with a clear simplicity. Ranging from abstract sculptural pieces to more stylish functional pieces. Qvist Side Chair Qvist Dining Chair Tyren Bench Gung
The endless design and construction possibilities are really what drives me. I have a continual interest in and search for new furniture shape and structures. An almost natural and unconscious approach to design innovation, I dare to say.
Once a workable idea or sketch is achieved, the big fine-tuning work begins e.i. dimensioning and assembly details etc., and after several prototypes of persevering work the final furniture design is achieved. Some of the furniture pieces I have had underway for several years, while other pieces have been designed and made ready for manufacturing within a few months.