Robin Falck, the man behind Nolla Cabin (to mention some..)
Helsinki born designer and craftsman Robin Falck is the man behind several amazing Nordic projects, but is possibly most known for the sustainable Nolla Cabin, which he designed and built in collaboration with Neste, previously featured on Nordique here. Not only does his fantastic designs impress, but his passion for creating sustainably is something that immediately caught our attention. He explains his core values of his creative process to be, dedication, quality, consciousness and commitment to deliver.
Robin describes design as a behaviour and second nature. “His approach to design is tactile, simple and strives to tidy things up as elegantly as possible. He strives to take away and simplifying the unnecessary rather than adding new problems. His love for products and equipment that lasts is one of his major driving factors. Robin pushes himself to make his designs as timeless and sustainable as possible.”
Tell us about your journey to becoming an industrial designer.
I’ve always been creative, since I was a child I’ve always drawn, built and painted. I explored a lot of different art forms as I was younger. I worked as a photographer for a couple of years before finding myself studying industrial design. It was then that I realise that it was my thing. At its core problem solving is what I love the most. I studied at Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Are you working solely freelance?
Currently I work for an agency called Sherpa and have time to work on freelance projects as well.
How does your average week look like?
My average week would be: working quite a lot Monday - Friday and then spending the weekend outdoors. Taking that weekly break from the busy city life really does wonders for your creativity!
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability is my core driver. It does not mean that everything have to be ”eco” or made out of recycled materials. It’s more about the purpose and use of a design. How long will the user enjoy the product and what happens to it after they don’t use it no more.
I’d like to include a repair manual to some of my designs in the future. It’s a lost art and I’d really like if people would fix their things more before getting rid of them!
Tell us a bit about your home.
My home is quite minimalistic. I want to keep it simple and easy to maintain. It’s just big enough for me and I decorate with things I’ve bought during my travels!
We love your project Nido. Is it your private spot?
Nido is my own little get away and I don’t rent it out or anything. It’s on the corner of our family’s land in the beautiful Finnish archipelago.
What´s the dream?
The dream is to get to do more projects like Nolla, holistic solutions. They are the most interesting ones. I’d like to find a way of working and being able to live somewhere else. Madrid, Copenhagen or Mexico!
To see more of Robin and his work, go to www.robinfalck.com