A subtle characteristic in Danish furniture brand Erik Jørgensen’s Konami sofa reveals a perfectly balanced symbiosis of artistic vision and skill. At first glance, the 2- or 3-seater appears to be a minimalist piece of furniture, but upon closer inspection, British designer Damian Williamson’s stylistic waves and organic curves set the scene.
When it comes to minimalism in design, what matters is the importance of detail. Damian Williamson is a master of details, renowned for his ability to mix and match tight and organic expressions to create designs that are both simple and rich. As a great example, Konami’s slender front is deconstructed by finely tuned waves that rise from the individual cushions. The upholstery work ensures an elegant and ethereal finish.
As a significant counterpoint to Konami’s soft pillows, Williamson has equipped the sofa with slim steel legs that gracefully lift the body from the floor. ’Konami’ is a contraction of the Japanese ’ko’ and ’nami’ which means ’little wave”.
Damian Williamson was born in London and educated at the Department of Product Design, Kingston University. He graduated in 1998 with his thesis in “advanced materials”. In 2004 he founded his own research and design studio in Stockholm specifically to develop useful products that emanate a sense of simplicity, inventiveness, and poetry. With a passion for essential design that rejects the superfluous in favour of timeless minimalism. Since 2005 he serves as guest tutor on the Industrial Design course at LTH University Sweden.