David Thulstrup: A Sense of Place (Hardcover)
As seen in Wallpaper*, HGTV, and ASPIRE Design and Home
The first monograph on the Danish architect and designer, whose approach combines his Scandinavian heritage with a modern design language.
David Thulstrup’s award-winning international and multi-disciplinary practice includes everything from residential architecture to interiors for restaurants, stores, and hotels, as well as designs for furniture and lighting. More than 250 specially commissioned photographs, floor plans, architectural drawings, mood boards, process photographs, and four in-depth case studies, including his design for the interior and furniture for the new Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, illustrate more than 20 architectural and interiors projects, as well as 16 designs for furniture. This book traces Thulstrup’s life and influences from his childhood and education in Denmark, up to the present day, demonstrating his unique approach to design.
Having gained extensive experience working for Jean Nouvel in Paris and Peter Marino in New York, David Thulstrup founded his own practice in 2009, grounded on enduring Scandinavian values of honesty and humanism with a particular emphasis on materiality. Describing his style as ‘modern simplicity’, Thulstrup creates pared-back designs that feel current but stand the test of time.
Sophie Lovell was born in London and studied Biology at Sussex University before going on to study Design at Chelsea College of Art & Design. She moved to her current home, Berlin, in 1994. Sophie has worked on and with numerous publications both digital and analogue in the fields of art, architecture and design. She is the former editor-in-chief of uncube magazine, for example, and the Germany Editor of Wallpaper* magazine from 2000 to 2022. She has written and edited a number of books on design and architecture, including Dieter Rams: As Little Design as Possible , and is also co-editor of The Common Table , a digital platform for food futures and systemic change that she founded together with her daughter Orlando Lovell as studio_lovell.
‘David Thulstrup sets the record straight on Scandinavian style.’ – HGTV
‘[A Sense of Place] demonstrates both David Thulstrup’s star power and his unique approach to design through more than twenty architectural and interiors projects, as well as sixteen designs for furniture.’ – ASPIRE Design and Home
‘Lovell's narration takes readers through Thulstrup’s life, offering glimpses into his personal experiences and approaches as each project comes to life.’ – Wallpaper*
‘When we decided to move noma to a new location, we knew we needed a completely different approach to our work. The walls of our previous building echoed with old habits that we had to break. With the help of David and his team, noma 2.0 provided us with the vibrant and functional surroundings of a great restaurant which still felt like home. It's timeless and has a deep soul. David's a master, and the work on display in his book speaks for itself.’ – René Redzepi, chef & co-owner of noma
‘David Thulstrup is a central figure on the contemporary Danish design scene. He is very much in the process of writing himself into the great canon of Danish Design, as well as bringing a sense of renewal in relation to the central themes of design today. Grounded as it is by a connection to place, whether that is in Denmark or elsewhere, his work also has great international resonance, which is evidenced by the publication of a well-deserved, beautiful and perspective-rich monograph that does him justice and transports his work out into the world.’ – Anne-Louise Sommer, Director at The Designmuseum Denmark
‘In his designs, David Thulstrup makes kin with materials. He takes his time to fully recognise their qualities, listening to what each material may say to its neighbour or to a potential user. He enlists his senses fully and invites us to do the same. His designs are not so much objects as conversations, relationships, atmospheres. They embody attention and care, a care that infects users and admirers alike.’ – Olafur Eliasson