Pretty Isn’t Perfect
Making a Collection with Nina Flagstad Kvorning
Danish artist and designer, Nina Flagstad Kvorning, is the creator behind our new spring Floral collection of 100% cotton, digitally knit throws and pillows. Inspired by the tulips of her native Copenhagen, the collection features warm, organic tones and playful abstractions. We spoke with Nina about her design process and philosophy, her brief residence in Canada, and what inspires her.
“I like balance, but I don’t like if things are too pretty, so I always need an element that is a little bit off to keep things interesting.”
The ability to create a number of illustrations, step away from the process, and come back to it is a method she finds effective: “This is a way of working that actually started when I was in Toronto,” she noted. “I worked on a series of drawings with a focus on layers. So, I had to be patient and do one layer, then stop, then do the next. Turned out that this is a brilliant way of doing things.”
After exploring her oil-paint recreations, she began the long process of digitized sketching, “making digital drawings based on the oil-paint drawings and on some of the ideas from the small drawings, and working with colors, size, compositions, and the repeat pattern.” From those digital drawings, the patterns you see in the pillows and throws was born.