pS Arkitektur have been shortlisted for the ID&A Awards 2014, with two projects – the first enters the Residential Architectural Property Europe category.
Name: Head Architect: Peter Sahlin / Project Architect: Leif Johannsen
Company: pS Arkitektur, Stockholm
Position within company: Founder & CEO (Peter)
What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?
When it comes to interior design I see two directions or trends: Maximalism and Vintage.
In our city planning and housing projects I see sustainable architecture and social interaction as important contemporary directions.
What projects are you currently working on?
A few private villas and creative offices for RedBull and Skype.
A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life?
I have excellent employees that help me out. It also helps to be married to an architect…
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2014 and beyond.
Sustainability is the most important theme. Then, we also need to consider communication and interaction. And last, but not least, we must blend in humour and joy.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
A strong and well defined vision.
How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
The ID&A Award makes it possible to reach out with our design and show the world. This is a great way to do it.
How do you relax?
To read a book. When I go skiing or sailing.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To take on new design challenges outside of Sweden. To see more of Japan.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself:
The car you drive? – Audi allroad.
Your favourite place to travel to in the world? – A city like Tokyo, Berlin or London. To see and climb a mountain.
Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar? – W Hotels. Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. The bar at Park Hyatt in Tokyo.
The place that gives you the most energy? – Tokyo.
And the place that enables you to totally relax? – My ski lodge in the north of Sweden.
Your favourite food and drink? – Asian food and champagne.
Anything else interesting? – Most of all we work with people and visions. Our specialty is to design creative offices for global companies such as Skype, MTV and RedBull.