Nina Tolstrup holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Business School of Copenhagen and a degree in industrial design from ENSCI-Les Ateliers in Paris. She has worked in various areas of design and communication, which has given her a 360 perspective and approach to design. Today the Danish designer resides in London, where she has run Studiomama since 2000 with her partner, Jack Mama.
Nina Tolstrup has always been an advocate for green and sustainable solutions, and she was among the first to create a piece of furniture that you could copy by downloading the manual from her website. The Pallet Project from 2008 was an immediate success that pushed the boundaries and expectations for design and production.
Nina Tolstrups sustainable ethos combined with an exploratory and playful approach has resulted in a socially-relevant portfolio that encompasses architecture, interior design, jewellery, exhibition design, curation, products and furniture. Understanding people’s needs and the socio-cultural context within which they live is central to Studiomama’s practice. The studio works with objects, interiors and architecture. ”We have created a body of work that has pioneered open-sourcing, pushed the limits of material recycling, extended product lifespans and explored new forms of up-cycling, all while challenging conventional business models and distribution methods. We seek out working with companies like Skagerak that has a grounded and committed approached sustainability", says Nina Tolstrup.