NICHOLAI WIIG HANSEN (DK)

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Nicholai Wiig-Hansen (born 1964) is a self made industrial designer. Being a son of one of the most respected and beloved contemporary Danish artists Svend Wiig Hansen, Nicholai had art and design infused in his veins since early childhood. The influence of the artistic childhood home plays a major role in his approach to design. Although Nicholai clearly distinquishes between art and design.

Through working in an internship at a design studio, Nicholai Wiig-Hansen was introduced to Ikea whom he worked with for several years. Nicholai is the designer behind many Ikea classics, such as PS Locker that won Red Dot Award and Marie Claire Prix D’excellence 2000.

Nicholai Wiig-Hansen has had his own design studio since he was 26 years old. He works with many different tasks using himself as target group, meaning Nicholai visualizes the clients needs based on his own preferences. Nicholai currently works with commpanies such as Normann Copenhagen and lamp manufacturer Lightyears.

Nicholai Wiig-Hansen has worked in different fields, such as working with the outdoor company Primus, the carpet manufaturer Fabula Living, and he has also made a design concept for one of Denmarks largest supermarket chains. Nicholai has furthermore worked with food- and chocolate companies.
For his new thermo jug manufactured by Normann Copenhagen, Nicholai Wiig-Hansen is the recipient of the Red Dot Award Best of the best 2013 and the German Design Award ”Special Mention” 2014. Nicholai’s new chair also manufactured by Normann Copenhagen won the prestigious Interior Innovation Award 2014.

Nicholai Wiig-Hansen has been exhibited in several museums, such as Design Museum Denmark and the Neue Samlung in Munich.

http://wiighansen.com/

I stopped working for others because then I have the responsibility and I feel like an advertising agency. When I work for Yello, I can make a fool out of myself. Whatever I do I go through the process of becoming a child, an idiot, totally unimportant. When I have the responsibility to start with it is disturbing." "I think every human is a God. All our life is about becoming like a child, trying to find out who is really hidden inside yourself, who you really are, who is the divine being inside. Great alpinist climb mountains not to become world famous, but to learn something about themselves, to come closer to that inner-child. If you are exposing yourself to the process of climbing the mountain, it is very important you are prepared to make a fool of yourself, to let yourself fall into the emptiness of vague idea, and to have the courage to be a total idiot. Only then you have a chance to die with the smile on your face.

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