PETRA LILJA

“I’m rethinking the traditional role of design. In the context of the anthropocene the designer must go from being a service-providing marionette of the growth-focused industry, to take responsibility of the actions and consequences of design. The design process needs to transform from result-oriented to open-ended to meet the complexity of today’s world. My aim is to work for sustainable futures with a positive mindset and a holistic approach.”

What inspired you to start making?

My creative drive to make stuff and my interest in materiality.

As a maker, do you have any questions you ask yourself before making a new piece or launching a new line?

Aesthetic inspiration can come from anywhere really, like a worn down wall in a workshop, where layers of colors are exposed, and functional inspiration most often comes from an actual need I have in my own everyday life, like better light in a room.

Which direction do you see yourself going in the future? 

I'm moving in a more philosophical direction through my ongoing PhD position within design.

What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design?

Great design evokes desire, and I find it interesting to think about how the designer can use this quality/skill to steer consumers towards sustainable behavior. 

 

 

 

 

Swedish Ninja - Petra Lilja

 

 The story behind the Product:

I have designed unique or small edition mirrors for a long time, based on conceptual ideas and sold in galleries, and was happy to get the opportunity to design the C-mirror for Swedish Ninja. That limited edition then developed into the C-lamp in collaboration with Maria Gustavsson. The shape of a C forms the base of the object, holding the functional part, the lamp, and the idea is that it can be positioned in different ways. Together with the possibility of many color variations it's possible to create a fun installation with one or many lamps that literally pop out from the wall. :)