Iben Birch Bech is a passionate textile and product designer. She studied textile design at The Royal Academy of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK) & print design at Rhode Island school of design (RISD) in the US. She got her master in product design and textiles in 2008. In her projects Iben combines her knowledge of different textile handcraft techniques with form and thereby creates tactile and innovative products. Iben’s work shows the imprint of her long lasting love for nature and especially flowers and plants. Today Iben combines design and decoration in different contexts and aspects. Present she is mainly freelancing print and product designs, graphic design and interior decor for several clients. Privatly Iben works on her own projects designing jewelry, beautiful paper lamps and visual art. Keywords in her work are color, edge and imagination.
What motivated you to join NDA?
There is no excuse to stop thinking about those who are worse off than one self. Rather, I applaud the values and vision of NDA which is why I chose to partake. Adding to that, I’ve never taken the ‘consume and discard’-culture to heart and I’ve personally been a keen second-hand shopper, and contributor, since my teenage years. That’s also why I think it’s a fine opportunity to contribute to NDA by donating older designs – and now to a place where the collections might gain a completely new and special meaning.
Are you own designs inspired by Scandinavian culture and trends?
Yes, definitely, but since I’m also a colorist I’m not a designer who’s able to simply stick to the monochromatic scale!
What else inspires you?
Contrasts, color compositions, culture, tactilities and structures but also street culture and traveling abroad. Tranquility and silence also have a good inspirational effect on me though.
Who is your typical customer?
My visual expression probably appeals mainly to women but above all I’d like to strike a chord with both genders and create unisex designs!
Name three things that you think make the world a better, more beautiful place.
Cooperation, love and trees!
Name three things that the world would be better off without.
Egotism, hate and pollution.