Q&A

Lars Vejen

A series of short interviews about how creative professionals play at work. In the fifth installment, we hear from architect and designer Lars Vejen.

Photographer:
Credits:
Q&A

Lars Vejen

A series of short interviews about how creative professionals play at work. In the fifth installment, we hear from architect and designer Lars Vejen.

What is the value of play in design?

Playing basically keeps your “inner unspoiled senses” alive and awake! At best, it makes you forget both time and place - makes you interact and engage 100% simply because nothing else exists in that moment! Playing “cleans the table” and sets you free from conventional thinking, references and “how we used to do”. Playing makes you one with pen and paper chasing the idea into physical form. 

As a designer, how do you use play in your creative process?

For me - mainly working alone in the major parts of the creative process - play is often as simple as doodling with a pen on paper or cutting and folding the first primitive paper models to consider a form and a function. Doodling also works very well without the tools - as thoughts turned upside down during a walk in nature, everyday tasks at home or in the changing scenes of a journey - where the focus is naturally forced in numerous directions. 

What advice would you give to those who wish to incorporate more playfulness in their work?

For me, it works well to never tie myself to a specific workplace - or playground if you like! For me creative thinking is genuinely set free when simply becoming a part of whatever other activities I engage in during my day. It is never something turned on or off just because I sit down at my desk. Another good piece of advice is finding someone to play with - whether it is a creative family member, friend, or professional client. Having other people’s eyes and thoughts on your work will often give you valuable input for use in the ongoing and never-ending creative process - aiming for perfection but knowing it will never be achieved.

Sustainable Design Effort
At 3daysofdesign, our commitment extends beyond showcasing the latest trends in interior design and furniture. We strive to facilitate meaningful discussions, debate, and actively contribute to pushing forward a more sustainable approach within the realm of interior design and furniture business. Join us in our mission to inspire positive change and promote a greener, more responsible future for the industry.

Events mentioned in this article

No items found.

Designers mentioned in this article

Exhibitors mentioned in this article

I know my pieces are expensive for many people, but if you take good care of them, you can have them for generations
Nina Nørgaard

Glass artist Nina Nørgaard has a record for making her dreams come true.

Read Article
Questions?

3daysofdesign is an exclusive event that's inclusive of everyone. Where the press, bloggers, buyers, designers, architects and design enthusiasts, as well as the general public, are invited to experience new concepts from our curated selection of brands from Denmark and elsewhere around the world.

Contact Us

Since its inception in 2013, Signe Byrdal Terenziani has facilitated the growth of the design community in her role as Managing Director. It all began as a small design event held in an old warehouse in Nordhavn, a harbour area overlooking Copenhagen’s waterfront. Four Danish brands launched the event as a joint initiative: Montana, Erik Jørgensen (now owned by Fredericia Furniture), Anker & Co, and Kvadrat. At that time, Copenhagen lacked a proper design festival, since the previous annual furniture fair at Bella Center closed down some years before.

Today, the 3daysofdesign festival extends to the entire city of Copenhagen and is considered the most significant annual design festival in Scandinavia.

Each year since its inception, 3daysofdesign has grown in popularity exponentially. In 2023, over 250 brands exhibited at the festival, where visitors could choose from as many as 500 events to attend in various design districts across Copenhagen, such as design talks, networking events, etc.

3daysofdesign takes place every year in Copenhagen mainly during the second week of June from Wednesday to Friday. In 2024 the festival will be held from 12 - 14 June.

Pack your bags, book a hotel and come to Copenhagen! 3daysofdesign is open to the general public and everyone is invited to visit the showrooms, exhibitions, workshops and design talks. All events are free of charge – however this his year we're using a new QR ticket system to make your experience smoother and more enjoyable. Simply download our app and register as a visitor to gain access to all the exhibition spaces and events.

Please check the programme, which is updated on an ongoing basis, at 3daysofdesign.dk

You can look forward to seeing cutting-edge concepts from new and established names in lifestyle, design, furniture and interior design. Get a preview of new product launches. Learn about upcoming trends on the horizon. Meet the players behind forward-thinking ideas worth knowing. And network with like-minded people with a passion for design.

It's easy to get around in Copenhagen.

Rent a bike, jump on the bus or metro, catch a boat or simply walk from venue to venue. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the architecture, restaurants, cafes, shops and Copenhagen's relaxed vibe by day and vibrant night life.

Absolutely! Don't forget to download our app on your Android or iPhone. It provides a comprehensive view of all the festival events, including a complete list of exhibitions along with their locations on our interactive 3daysofdesign map. Plus, we're excited to introduce a new QR ticket system this year for easy access to everything the festival has to offer.

No items found.