Thomas Pedersen, Founder of Spark design studio

By Matt Balmer
March 21, 2019

Thomas Pedersen, founder of Spark design studio based in Denmark, discusses his first American collaboration and the wellbeing of our planet

When was the business founded and why?
I started Spark in 2003, right after graduating from Aarhus School of Architecture with Stingray as my final project. I had a few more projects along with Stingray that I really wanted to follow through, so it only made sense to be self-employed from the beginning.

How many staff?
We are two people at the studio. Myself and my highly talented assistant designer Lukas.

Where is it based?
The studio is located in the city center of Aarhus, Denmark in an old chocolate factory filled with other creatives and quirky businesses.

What is your latest significant achievement?
We launched FALK with the Danish company Houe at IMM Cologne this January. FALK is the first chair ever made from recycled Danish household plastic waste and our first contribution to shift the public’s attitude towards used plastic, from regarding it as waste to seeing it as a valuable resource. FALK is really a significant milestone for me on many levels.

What is your best-selling product
The Deli Chair for Skandiform, which also received Red Dot ‘best of the best’ award in 2014. Deli beautifully merges form and function as a stackable chair with is distinct organic curves and great comfort. Deli is a chair that really encapsulates what we do best at Spark.

I’ve just discovered …
During the development of FALK we discovered a lot of interesting people all with one thing in common; an interest in the wellbeing of our planet and its resources and how to make viable solutions for the future. The environment has always been a great factor when making decisions. Meeting these likeminded people spending large parts of their lives turning waste to resource was an amazing discovery.

Who inspires me …
Ray and Charles Eames have always been a big part of my approach to designing furniture. I usually describe my designs as functional and organic because I have the human body in mind throughout the process. When you do that things seem to end up with an overall organic expression.

I’ve always been a fan of …
I’m a fan of my job and what I do. I love absolutely everything about it, the exhibitions and fairs, the coffee and music at the studio and the possibility to shape the world we live in.

My highlight of the last 12 months …
The last 12 months have been wild! But the launch of Pedersen Chair and the interest from Bernhardt Design and the American market has been one of the highlights in my entire career. Not only is it my first product for the US market, but also my first time visiting America

My next design trip is to …
The first half of the year is always packed with exhibitions and fairs. We showcased eight Stingrays decorated by eight international street artists at the FORMLAND fair in Herning, Denmark. It’s always been a dream of mine to see artists express themselves on the great canvas that Stingray is. Then Stockholm Furniture Fair and Salone del Mobile in Milan, two of my personal favorites.