It was a good sign when Danish design company Menu and its head of design - from Norm Architects - met Theresa Arns and decided to put some of her designs into production straight away. The architect and furniture designer, who is based in Copenhagen but was born and raised in Cologne, Germany, had a few of her pieces selected for production, including a jewellery box, a turning coffee table and a Private Desk - a writing desk meet dressing table combination. Scheduled for release is a sofa series and a bar trolley. Theresa completed her studies at the Peter Behrens School of Architecture in Germany, and moved to Berlin to work as an architect, focussed on exhibition design. “But I always felt that what I love to work with the most is furniture,” she says. To this end, Theresa moved to Denmark to gain a Masters in Architecture and furniture design at The Royal Danish Academy of Arts. “Design comes quite natural to me,” she says. “I pay a lot of attention to all the everyday objects around us and I love to form, improve and change them. I think that the atmosphere of the spaces we live and work in and the objects we use and surround ourselves with, influence our mood, mindset and the way we feel a lot. It is a lot about worshipping good quality and handcraft.”

Which five words best describe you? Passionate, thoughtful, subtle, critical, focused.

How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I started to work a lot with interiors and I love to work with space, but working with objects and furniture, where I can concentrate on the small details, is what makes me the most happy and therefore I decided to concentrate more on that.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? To trust in myself - it is gonna be fine!

What’s your proudest career achievement? It really makes me happy to see and know that there are people using my designs in their everyday lives and that they are glad for them. 

What’s been your best decision? To move to Copenhagen and to work independently. 

Who inspires you? Other passionate people like my boyfriend, who also is an architect and designer, inspire me a lot. As I am the most inspired when I am travelling, the best combination is to go on travel adventures with him.

What are you passionate about? Form-giving, travelling, nature and food.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? I would love to meet my grandmother again, who died when I was a child. She was a very loving and inspiring person, who I didn’t get to know good enough.

What dream do you still want to fulfil? I would like to build my own home and have a family. 

What are you reading? Haruki Murakami, Onna no Inai Otokotachi - in German, though.

images courtesy of theresa arns

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