CLAESSON KOIVISTO RUNE ARCHITECTS
I am an architect and designer running our own studio Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects together with Mårten Claesson and Eero Koivisto.
For me melancholia is a peaceful state of mind. I often listen to music with a blue note tone when I am alone and it gives me both the energy and strength I need.
It is helpful to reflect my thoughts and balance my normal optimistic state of mind.
I think all states of mind is helpful when being creative, and melancholy is one of these. It does not survive by itself as it needs both neutral and positive states of mind to balance. Many great ideas derive from the transition between melancholy and optimism.
It is a natural existence in Sweden and we do not think it is negative.
I think when you are working with very personal feelings and thoughts you need to give all feelings place in creativity. This is of course most visible in poetry, music and film, but are present also in architecture. It deserves the same status as other states of mind.
I am an architect and a product designer.
Melancholy to me is an emotion related to introspection. A fundamental emotion. But not the only one.
Melancholy can be a pleasant downer. But only for a certain time. Like with a cold bath the reward comes when you get out of it.
Melancholy to me is a kind of backward force. It gives me a sense of direction of where I want to go, which fundamentally is forward. Melancholy can trigger the lust to work for the satisfaction of accomplishment.
The passing of seasons is a stark reminder of the passing of time which is really melancholic when you think of it. We have a lot of changing of seasons in Sweden.
I do think that people like me, who have creativity as a profession, generally has accepted the swing of emotions as one of their creative fuels.
I’m an architect who sometimes also designs objects, mainly for the different projects that Claesson Koivisto Rune do.
Being of Finnish origin, melancholy is a strong part of my cultural upbringing. In it’s art, music, architecture, design, litterature, and theater. In all kinds of artistic expression melancholy has created the works that defines a genre (actually regardless of origin) I can’t really think of any kind of important artistic work that has had it’s origin in happiness? To name a few examples strongly inspired by melancholy: The art of Mark Rothko, the architecture of Taj Mahal, and the music of Claude Debussy.
In my opinion feeling blue and feeling down can be two different things. Melancholy can be part of your feeling, even though you’re not feeling down. I connect melancholy with great beauty in most kinds of art-related works.
I don’t really like ”happy” work. Even with artists that are famous for it, I prefer their more thoughtful oeuvre.
In our part of the world - the Nordic countries - we have lots of nature and space. So there’s lot of room for introspection. Which in turn gives room to a certain melancholy. Which sometimes creates important work.
It IS better. Happiness doesn’t really create great work of any cultural importance.