Nordic Traces: Olafur Eliasson x David Thulstrup

Olafur Eliasson and David Thulstrup are sharing snapshots from their lives and creative spaces to mark the launch of Oak Volume 9.

Olafur Eliasson was born in 1967. He grew up in Iceland and Denmark and studied, from 1989 to 1995, at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson, which today encompasses some ninety craftsmen, specialised technicians, architects, archivists, administrators, programmers, art historians, and cooks.

Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. Eliasson’s diverse works – in sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installations – have been exhibited widely throughout the world.

David Thulstrup is a designer and architect who has a refined yet diverse approach to interiors and architecture, intertwining traditional aesthetics with modern simplicity. Since setting up Studio David Thulstrup in Copenhagen in 2009 he has completed an extensive portfolio of local and international projects ranging from new residential architecture and domestic interiors, to retail stores, hospitality and product design. At the heart of his practice is a belief in finding beauty in all materials and combining them in a way that emphasises comfort and liveability.  

Working alongside David is an international and culturally diverse team of talented architects, interior designers, textile designers, 3D visualisers, product designers and material experts. They work together in a naturally lit studio space in an industrial building in east Amager.

Read Oak’s exclusive features on Olafur Eliasson and David Thulstrup in Volume 9. Visit Oak’s Instagram @oakthenordicjournal to see more, and follow Olafur Eliasson @studioolafureliasson, and David Thulstrup @studiodavidthulstrup.

This is part of a project with The Nordics – an initiative exploring the global resonance of the Nordic region. In the upcoming weeks, Oak will continue to host visual dialogues between leading Nordic creatives featured in Oak Volume 9, as well as bringing together key thinkers for inspiring panel discussions that will continue to live on as podcasts.

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