INTERIORS+DESIGN for architects
Nina Bruun

Q. How would you describe yourself?

I am very hardworking and focused. I know myself well enough to know that I'll have to give myself a hundred percent otherwise I won't be satisfied with my final product. If I were to choose a motto it should be "you have to have a goal to score."

In addition, I am very open minded and I love to let myself be inspired by things outside my industry, especially while travelling I use photography to capture the small things on my way, as I later use as inspiration.

Q. How does living in Copenhagen inspire your work?

My city Copenhagen inspires me a lot; it's a city with much history, which I appreciate. There are many wonderful small places for example green areas that are good to visit to gather ideas and inspiration. But most of all, I love that Copenhagen is a modern international city, with many offers and where everything is possible. But you are always just a stone's throw from the sea - it is priceless.

Q. Do you have a favourite restaurant in Copenhagen?

If I need to be inspired both visually and through my taste buds, I must say that restaurant Mielcke & Hurtigkarl in Frederiksberg Gardens.

It is a beautifully decorated restaurant, where many hot Danish designers have contributed to the decor, decoration, clothing and sound. The food is molecular and is always prepared from the best possible ingredients - always a fantastic experience. Definitely worth a visit on a trip to Copenhagen.

Q. Tell us about Nest Chair and how it was conceived?

My inspiration for Nest Chair was birds nests, so I started making a lot of research on nests, to be visually inspired. I work best with one to one models, so after a brief sketching period I go to the workshop and work my way toward my desired outcome. It is usually a tough period, with a lot of hard physical work and frustration. But my experience with design is that you have to have a hard time and a decent amount of frustration otherwise the task has been too easy.

Q. Is there anything you wished you'd designed?

Yes I wish I had designed Mayday lamp by Konstantin Grcic. It is a fantastic piece of design.

Q. Which of your projects are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my latest work, which has not been published yet, but it will be in the very near future. It is an extendable table in ash wood, linoleum and metal. It is a meeting with Scandinavian, modern and classic Danish design.

Q. Do you still undertake Graphic Design projects?

Yes I still do graphics design, for example, at Denmark's oldest newspaper Berlingske Journal and the Danish design company Muuto. But I wish days had more hours...

Q. How do you find the time to complete your Masters and work on new designs?

I am determined to finish by degree and with a good result. But it has been a busy year and there has been more to do than I could have dreamed of. I always keep a small notebook with me where I jot down new ideas and I always have several projects on the drawing board. But my plan for the future is that I will travel as much as possible the next half year and gather inspiration for the thesis.

See Nina's Nest and Fold chairs under products.