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Biography 

Kasper Salto was trained as a cabinet maker from 1985 to 1988 at the workshop of Jørgen Wolff in Hellerup, DK. In 1989 studying Industrial design at The Danish design school in Copenhagen, and later a semester at Art Center in Switzerland  . After graduation he worked freelance at the studio of Rud Thygesen where he met Peter Stærk who was the founder of Botium, a well-known furniture brand in DK. Peter Stærk was the manufacturer of the Runner chair that became known in Denmark, winning five international design prizes such as the Japanese G-prize. The design of the Runner chair started the career of Kasper Salto. The chair was spotted at The SE-design exhibition in 1997 by Bjørn Stegger, the designmanager of the furniture company Fritz Hansen, and it led to a long lasting relation. Kasper Salto started his own studio in 1998, working with Fritz Hansen and developing successful products from 1999, such as the ICE series, LITTLE FRIEND table and the NAP series. The ICE chair series has achieved great sales all over the world, but also received the French design award, Le Grand Prix du Design. Besides from teaching at The Royal Danish Academy of Art, Kasper Salto has been a member in several boards, such as The association of Danish furniture industry and the Danish Crafts council.  His design of furniture has sold to prominent places, such as The National Art Center, Tokyo, Lousiana art museum, Denmark. In 2004 he founded the design company Salto & Sigsgaard with Architect Thomas Sigsgaard, working mainly in the field of product design, lighting – and also interior. In 2011 they where invited to join the prestigious competition “New furniture for the Trusteeship council chamber in the HQ of The United Nations” in New York, and won the competition. The Trusteeship council was designed by Finn Juhl in the fifties and needed together with the whole building of the UN  a huge restauration. The room is today perceived as one out of the three greatest Danish architecture masterpieces outside Denmark. Salto & Sigsgaard has also organized the exhibition “Mindcraft” for the organization Danish Crafts, that was held at The Salone di mobile in Milan in 2013. Salto & Sigsgaard was commissioned to design of stationary furniture inside the internal “foyér” in the famous “Radiohuset” designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen, which was build during the 2. world war.

Recently Salto & Sigsgaard has done a huge design and restoration project at The Ny Carlsberg foundation in Brolæggerstræde, Copenhagen. The task was to make a kind of transit for the art pieces coming in, and going out again, -at the same time  exhibiting the art pieces. And also a more permanent residence for the Art books and paintings that is supported by the Foundation was made. See more of the project at saltosigsgaard.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum vitae
Kasper Salto
1994 Graduated Industrial designer from the Danish design school
1993 Studies at Art Center College of Design, Vevey, Switzerland
1988 Educated Cabinet maker at Wolff, Hellerup DK, awarded w/ silver medal
1967 Born februar 1967, Copenhagen DK
Awards
2013 Reddot design award,  “MUW” watch – designed with Rikke Salto
2012 Thorvald Bindesbøll medaljen
2011 Salto & Sigsgaard, winners of the competition “New furniture for The Trusteeship Council chamber in United Nations, NY.”
2011 Design Week Award for the NAP chair
2010 The Danish design award 2010/11. NAP chair
2010 Designer of the year, Bo Bedre
2010 The Finn Juhl Prize, 2010
2008 Lis Ahlmanns honorary award
2005 Knud V. Engelhardts Mindelegat 2005
2003 Le Grand Prix du Design, France
2003 The Furniture prize, (Møbelprisen 2003)
2003 Reddot design award, Skater chair
2002 Snedkernes Efterårsudstillings pris
2000 Erik Herløvs Rejselegat
1999 ID-prize, for the Runner chair
1999 G-Prize, Japan
1998 Spectrum Award for Product Excellence, UK
1998 Moderni byt, Czechoslovakia. Design Prize for the Runner chair
1997 Christian Grauballes Foundation
1997 Angst & Phisters Design Prize
1997 Bo Bedre-prize
1996 Awarded at Forsnæs 100 years celebrations competition
Exhibitions
2010 The Danish Design Prize exhibition
2010 Denmark by Design
2010 10+ Design Forecast
2004 ’Walk the plank 2’, Designmuseum Denmark, Malmø and Stockholm
2002 ‘Young Nordic Design: The Generation X’, New York, Washington D.C., Mexico City, Helsinki, Berlin, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Glasgow, Reykjavik
2002 ‘Arne Jacobsen 100 Years’, Maison du Danemark, Paris
2002 ‘Le Danemark Bouge’, Paris
2000 ‘The Danish Wave’, various locations
2000 ‘Walk the plank, Designmuseum Denmark
1999 ‘Living Danish Design’, London
1998 ‘Spectrum’, London
1997 ‘The Design Yearbook’ w/Phillip Starck as curator
1996 ‘Snedkernes Efterårsudstilling’, Designmuseum Denmark 1997 og 1999
Clients
Fritz Hansen
Onecollection
Duba B8
Montana
Lightyears