The 'Gable' light plays with the illusion of the softness of the glass.

Inspired by materials, techniques and nature, Swedish designer Lukas Dahlén creates products with beauty and functionality.

What was your first project?
The Manta sofa table, made at Kostfack in 2003, is a piece inspired by the shape of a manta ray.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Like most designers I can get an idea from more or less anything, but most frequently I’m inspired by a material or a technique. I usually ask myself what the characteristics of a material are and how that could be expressed, or how a new or old technique could be used in a different way. Another source of inspiration is nature, either just the shape of things or how a system in nature works.

What's your design process?
The variety of my process is as diverse as the sources of inspiration, both in character and time. My process can range from an hours working with 3D software to years of testing a material, technique or idea. However, I like when the process is apparent in the final product and I always try to show how something is produced.

What are you planning to work on next?
Besides architecture assignments I will continue to fold things. Ori, a light pendant presented in at the Salone del Mobile in Milan last month, really got me turned on folding patterns. It’s enough to investigate for a lifetime.

City of Residence Stockholm, Sweden
Age 34
Education Aesthetics at Uppsala University, Fine Art at Cumbria College of Art and Design, Bachelor and Master studies at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
Motto Expressive but simple
Favourite quote ‘You take what you have,’ a historical Swedish quote referring to cooking
Best advice received Simplify
Best tip for designers Don’t look to other designs for inspiration
Three things every designer needs Some paper, a pen and a variety of model materials
Newest addition to your studio A router
First design that inspired you Lego…still works

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