Danish designer Henrik Vibskov is known for his disregard of disciplines and doing what feels right, weaving a charming, weird world seen through his clothes, art and music – a big part of his drive. Now the creative has collected his archive into an eponymous tome published by Gestalten. You could call it a concept album. Dazed Digital caught up with the designer to talk about the space between his ears...
Dazed Digital: Your work goes far beyond fashion. Do you try to remain oblivious to preconceptions of genre or convention?
Henrik Vibskov: I don't really have to try, that's the way I tick.
DD: Performance and environment is a big part of your clothing...
Henrik Vibskov: Hmmm... I like to speak to all senses in all matters . I want it to be an overall experience that people see, hear, feel – who knows, maybe someday even taste. Just like it would be a bit boring to go to a concert if you couldn’t see any musicians playing.
DD: Do you want to keep the world dreaming?
Henrik Vibskov: Not necessarily, I rather want the world to be more awake while awake.
DD: What keeps you motivated?
Henrik Vibskov: My brain.
DD: Has compiling this book brought back any memories?
Henrik Vibskov: Lots of memories – and photos which I had tried to forget. [Laughs]. No actually it was pretty interesting, I had to find a way to categorise the photos and started looking at colour groups of my projects. I found out that there was a system – so no more red-pink projects for a while. I did a lot of minty stuff but I'm pretty low on proper green.
DD: Tell us about drumming for Trentemøller. What is it about drumming you love? Have you played in many bands along the way?
Henrik Vibskov: I have been playing music since I was around 130cm tall, now nearly 30 years ago. And I've been in various indie/electronic/shoegazer bands – the drum is a powerful instrument, very multi-layered; maybe one of the first instruments on earth. Plus dancing and drumming are strongly connected in cultures. So – never mess with a drummer.
'Henrik Vibskov' is published by Gestalten