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Meet the designer

The creative universe is created by designer Lasse Kornum. As the creative catalyst he finds inspiration in Danish culture and lets his fantasy run free through pencil and paper.

 

When did decide you wanted to be a designer?

From the first time I held a pencil, I knew that this was really fun. Only my imagination set the boundaries for what I could draw. I loved making up stories, creating universes and make people smile through my illustrations. In many ways, nothing much has changed there. The child-like joy and curiosity are still what drives me today.

 

 What inspires your designs?

Whatever washes ashore or drops from the nearest trees when I go for a walk. I love outdoor drawing, where inspiration is as easy as lifting my eyes from the paper. Many of my designs play with the contrast between the urban life and my love for nature. You'll find more (Danish) thoughts about inspiration this video from a collaboration we did with Honda.

 

  

How can you keep making up new designs?

I can't control it! It just keeps going. Sometimes I definitely wished I could turn my mind-engine off, but it's mostly a lot of fun inside my head... It's like there's a party in there - a party I try to invite other people to, through my designs.

 

What is your greatest challenge as a designer?

I am color blind! Which is super unpractical. For example, when I paint with watercolor, I have to ask my girlfriend to mark the colors with labels - just as my mom would do for me in school. Luckily my partners in LAKOR catches most of my colorful mistakes. But we did have an interesting collection of samples that arrived, completely in purple.

 

Your illustrations are often humorous. Why is that?

Many clothing brands try very hard to communicate coolness, leading people to strive for being someone they will never become. I don't have that coolness and I don't want people to chase so hard for something they're not. If I can make people smile, spark their creativity, or even make them go for a walk in the woods, I have achieved everything I could want as a designer.

 

Which designs are you most proud of?

I think it has to be one of my first watercolor designs, as my color-blindness makes them extremely difficult to do. The puffin from the summer collection 2020 is especially important to me. I drew and painted in magical surroundings in the Azores. I had to learn new design techniques and finally started to feel comfortable using watercolors. All while listening to the most amazing audio book. Everything just came together in that design. I'm not sure I would call it my best design, but creating it was a magical experience.

 

Who inspires you?

Banksy. His humor, his creativity, and his simple graphical approach to communicating a message is second to none.

 

Do you have an idea for something Lasse should draw? Send him an email

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Sea Parrot

This design is sketched with the knowledgeable and loving input of my grandmother-in-law. Every line drawn was carefully observed while she changed between sips of red wine and carefully selected potato chips. Whenever the continuous sound of crunching chips stopped, it was almost certain that a piece of constructive criticism was on its way. Age has not taken away her sense of aesthetics and her eye for details. As a color-blind designer it is a gift to have someone with sharp eyes and extra thick glasses at your side. Thank you for your help Bitten!

Northern Fulmar

This birds’ Danish name is Mallemuk, a fabulous and extraordinarily perfect name for a bird. Although striking similarities to seagulls are apparent, this bird was made unique by its name-giver.

This Northern Fulmar is depicted in its characteristic “why-the-birdexcrement-did-I-choose-to-breed-in-Svalbard” position. If it had Turtle-like disappearance skills, without a doubt, it would have made use of them. As substitution for the warmth and shelter a turtleshell provides, this Fulmar was equipped with a little hat to protect it from harsh weather.

Northern Fulmar

This birds’ Danish name is Mallemuk, a fabulous and extraordinarily perfect name for a bird. Although striking similarities to seagulls are apparent, this bird was made unique by its name-giver.

This Northern Fulmar is depicted in its characteristic “why-the-birdexcrement-did-I-choose-to-breed-in-Svalbard” position. If it had Turtle-like disappearance skills, without a doubt, it would have made use of them. As substitution for the warmth and shelter a turtleshell provides, this Fulmar was equipped with a little hat to protect it from harsh weather.

No Catch

Not all days are awesome, even for a King Penguin. Some days the fish bite, other days it is frost bites. But nothing can really shoot down a bird that cannot fly. This King Penguin is positive that tomorrow the fish will finally bite.

Polar SUP

Is the glass half full or half empty? In other words, is the ice half frozen or half melted? The polar bear in this design is an indomitable optimist. He sees surfboards where others see slush ice.

Polar SUP

Is the glass half full or half empty? In other words, is the ice half frozen or half melted? The polar bear in this design is an indomitable optimist. He sees surfboards where others see slush ice.

Yellow van

No other vehicle screams “ROADTRIP” like the beautiful T1 van. It is freedom on four wheels and adventure is the fuel that keep the wheels turning.

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