First things first, how would you describe yourself and the work you do?
Well, I’m Amanda. I’m 28 years old and I live in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro district. I work as a furniture designer and I run my own company. Every day I am developing furniture concepts and making interior design solutions for clients and companies.
How would you describe a ‘normal’ day in the life of a furniture designer?
Every single day is different, so it's difficult to describe what’s ‘normal.’ But many days begin with client or customer meetings. After that, it’s off to the workshop to work on new ideas, prototypes, or to work on an existing commission. I’m on my feet a lot and when I do find five minutes to sit down, I’ll try to catch up on some emails. Other days, there are photoshoots happening or deliveries that I need to manage - so I’m more or less always moving.
Clearly, you’re a busy woman. How do you stay calm and focused amidst the busyness?
I have to try to remember to breathe. During each day, I stop once in awhile and just take five minutes to slow down and focus on breathing properly. Maybe this is a kind of meditation for me, but it definitely helps to clear my mind and keep me in balance. Oh, and, of course, every day has to start with coffee - that’s the real key to staying on track.