I have created Generous Design to do what I really love to do; design great furniture. The design business seems to me, to have a tendency to be a closed and very competitive business. This means that the design process does not crack its great and full potential. Genuine design needs generosity and that is what I intend to add to the design business.
Generous Design does not work with concepts. From my point of view, concepts are for the customers to make. I make pieces of furniture separately and does it within its own right. Basically my designs fullfill my own desires and sense of proportion. Creating furniture is a process of ordering multiple demands, facts and feelings, into a body of balance that contains function, beauty and durability.
You could compare furniture design to Jazz music, there you improvise over jazz standards. As a furniture designer you also improvise over standards, to create furniture, which is both well proportioned, innovative and timeless. But as in Jazz, music is created only when playing together, even if you are a soloist
This approach also secures the necessary creative space for a swift, constructive and enjoyable design process that includes the very fountain of knowledge; criticism and dialogue.
“Design is not about being the best, it is about being good”
A good piece of furniture should meet requirements, but in the end you have to feel that the result is a superior and exiting product.
Design Fabricator & Architect MAA - in and out of context
Has been working in architecture for more than 15 years. Designed buildings, interior and furniture for Henning Larsens Architects, Erik Korshagen Architecture among others. Has especially worked within design of offices, educational buildings and dwellings both in Denmark and abroad.
Simonsen is also teaching building design at DTU, The Technical University of Denmark.