Sigurd Larsen

Berlin, Germany

Designer and architect Sigurd Larsen was born in Denmark in 1981. He studied at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, earning his Bachelor’s degree in 2005. Between 2004–05, Larsen interned for MVRDV in Rotterdam, going on to work as an architectural assistant for OMA in New York from 2005–06. He studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen, earning a Master’s degree in 2008. From 2008–10, he worked as a project leader at the Berlin architecture firm Topotek1.

In 2010, he founded Sigurd Larsen Architecture & Design in Berlin, and works on a variety of scales, designing buildings as well as furniture and products. He prioritizes functionality and rich materials such as oak, leather, and copper, with the hope that his work will not only last, but also gain new quality and patina over time. Notable projects to date include The Shrine (2011), a hub of drawers inspired by the labyrinthine courtyards of Kreuzberg, the Berlin neighborhood in which Larsen lives and works; and "Wachsende Konserve" (2011), an outdoor folly honoring Potsdam’s gardens, created in collaboration with landscape architect Karoline Liedtke, for which the pair won the 2012 Schinkel Award. Additionally, in 2013, Larsen began collaborating with NEW TENDENCY, a Berlin-based design company; his first project for the brand, Click (2014), is a minimalist, boltless copper shelving system.

Larsen regularly presents his work at design-related events, including IMM Cologne, Salone del Mobile in Milan, DMY Berlin, and Helsinki Design Week. Since 2011, in addition to his own design work, Larsen has served as an assistant professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin, where he teaches process in building design. Since 2013, he has also been a partner at the Danish-German architecture office COBE Berlin.