Tom Stepp, 66, was trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts after initially qualifying as a building technician, and operates from his studio in Helsingør. Tom Stepp has always been an independent designer – and in his own words has “simply continued doing what I did during carpentry lessons at primary school”.
“I make a point of not buying anything I can design myself. My own needs dictate what I need in the way of new things. I’m unable to simply design beautiful objects. I must have a specific need, which then guides my pencil. In other words, there’s a clear reason for every single thing I design. My thinking is that when I need a certain type of chair or shelf, then there must be many others who share the same need,” explains Tom Stepp.
He calls himself a modern functionalist, and he would rather find solutions than create new problems. A chair should be comfortable to sit on, otherwise it is not a good chair, however beautiful it is.
Tom Stepp’s designs have won him, for example, the Formland Prize and the Scandinavian Furniture Award, and he has also won various lighting competitions.