25 May 2021
This new series, Design bites, unveil the backstage of contemporary creation. Tackling various topics from personal designer processes to the position of Collectible design on the global design market; these bites offer different views to suit all tastes. Today we talk with Erik Olovsson from Studio EO.
COLLECTIBLE: Can you talk about a new piece/collection that you release for COLLECTIBLE SALON
Erik Olovsson: My new series of glass objects that I call ”Wrinkle Vases”, these pieces are made from hand-sculpted clay moulds. It’s a process I really enjoy as it’s very much in the moment. I carve out a shape in the clay with my hands and then right after the glass is blown into the form. It’s a very intuitive way of working and gives room to create at the moment.
“It’s a very intuitive way of working and it gives room to create in the moment.”
C: How did you get into collectible design? Why did you focus your practice on this type of design rather than industrial design?
EO: I really enjoy experimenting with materials and push them in different directions and find a new use for them, I feel this is quite limited when working in the traditional design scene. Making unique pieces and collectible objets gives more freedom to this and the works I’m aiming for.
C: What have you been up to recently? What are the next projects/exhibitions you wish to highlight?
EO: This year have been a year to reflect and slow things down. I took this time to sketch and made tryouts for new projects. I’ve been obsessed with making miniature models in clay and cardboard. I’m currently working on a series of sculptures in stone and glass that I will present next year.
C: What is your favourite material?
EO: I’ve been working with stone and glass a lot and I still enjoy working with them as materials. With glass, I find it interesting to work with this indefinite melting material that is formed by gravity and suddenly becomes a fixed form. And to combine this glossy, transparent material with its solid counterpart is to me interesting and something I would continue exploring.
About Studio EO (Sweden)
Studio EO is a Stockholm based design studio. It was founded in 2013 by Erik Olovsson and works within the fields of product, furniture and graphic design. Studio EO has a focus on improvisation and joining materials in new ways. The studio aims at having an intuitive and experimental starting point in the projects and works on a mix of self-initiated projects and commissions. Studio EO has work represented by Galerie kreo and works with various clients internationally.