Anker Bak strives to create products that make a difference in people’s lives and meet real needs. In the span of just a few years, Bak (b. 1983) has convinced both manufacturers and consumers that there is such a thing as meaningful design. The young designer, who has an unconventional background and takes a very personal approach to his work, has, with relatively few designs, put quality materials, sublime craftsmanship and ingenious functionality on the agenda.
Bak’s design work has already won him several awards, and the unorthodox designer is particularly in demand after managing to create a functional design object out of something as standardized as a crutch. He conceived the form-pressed wood crutch when his 91-year-old grandmother needed a little support when going out to socialize. Later, using a similar real-life-based approach, he developed the Rocking Nest Chair when his sister needed a meditative and comfortable place to relax with her newborn baby.
“Every time I design a new product, it needs to have a clear point for me, for the user and for society”