No Sir – for female design

| By Dorrit Bøilerehauge | Notify the newsdesk of a story

When gender becomes a design issue

During the Salone del Mobile, Nordic Design News met with Terese Alstin, the founder of the retail platform No Sir. Terese started the platform only in November last year, as she learned that female designers are leaving the design business due the harsh conditions.
Alstin decided to take action, and she now helps selected female designers into the market. The No Sir participants are mostly up-and-coming designers who are in an early phase of their careers and who already demonstrates certain wow-effect in their design, as Terese puts it. She continues: “Apart from showcasing their work and advising them in their businesses, me and the No Sir participants also have a special understanding and immediate bonding. It is all quite special and strong, and it holds a lot of future potential. It is quite evident to me, that female designers stand much stronger in their businesses when they use each other more instead of isolating themselves, afraid of sharing what they know and what their plans and ambitions are.”

From the sound of it, it does not seem unlikely, that No Sir could develop a sort of network in the future, but Terese does not reveal the details of the further development of No Sir. Looking back on Terese Alstin’s track record in design something is bound to happen. She was part of the design duo creating the airbag cycle helmet, Hövding, but now spends all her time on No Sir. As Hövding had considerable international attention at its launch, also the No Sir platform has been of much interest to international press right from its beginning.

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At the Rho Fiera, No Sir was part of the official Swedish Sweden Plays exhibition with among others the Zick Zack side tables by Olga Bielawska, clothing rail by Annaleena, and jewellery by Twin Within.

Photo: Zick Zack side tables by Olga Bielawska at No Sir

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