Kristina Schultz, born 1983
Based in Sockholm, Sweden
Kristina Schultz is Swedish designer that uses design with all of its tools to visualise concepts that aim to raise and ask questions regarding societal subjects. Creating designs that strive to provide tools to trigger thoughts instead of ending up as something you’ve simply just bought!
100 days of need and greed is an explorative design project involving a small Stockholm family that changed its way of life.
“No sofa, no cutlery, no toys. No nothing!” Together with her partner Johan and their four-year-old child Liss, Kristina Schultz began moving out their furnishings until the apartment was entirely empty except for toothbrushes and clothing; all this, in order to make room to reflect upon what they believed they truly needed and the reasons why.
Slowly, after careful consideration and cooperative conversations, Kristina started creating new objects for the family. The first undertaking was three spoons.
“I’m not a potter, I’m not a cabinetmaker and I’m not a smith!” Kristina says laughingly. “I’m trained in design and my shortage of craft skills, were quite obvious from the start. On the other hand, the lack of perfection led to a cohesive aesthetic with its own charm and qualities.”
Liss was immediately satisfied with the new way of life and started taking advantage of all the newly gained space by engaging in more physical play activities, like “Circus” and “Theatre”. “Remarkably, he never once asked for any of his old toys!”
Initially the adult family members experienced the lack of “stuff”, but quite quickly realised the advantages of not having their lives controlled by objects. “During these 100 days we never once fought about doing the dishes! Says Kristina Schultz.
After a couple of weeks, the most urgent practical needs where met, however, the ambiance of a “cosy” home was never really achieved.The experiment ended months ago, but the family’s lifestyle changes continue. Summing up the experience, Kristina says, “Sometimes change actually isn’t so difficult, especially when the gains outweigh the losses.”