Kasper Salto (Danish industrial designer) was born on 14 February 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the son of textile artist Naja Salto and grandson of leading Danish ceramist Axel Salto. He first trained as a cabinet maker before attending the Danish Design School, graduating in 1994. From 1994 to 98 he worked for designer Rud Thygesen. At that time he met Peter Staerk: their friendship would have a deep influence on his professional life. In 1997, he designed the Runner chair for Peter Staerk who made the chair famous in Denmark, but also abroad.
In 1998 Salto opened his own design design studio, wprking for companies such as Fritz Hansen, DubaB8, Engelbrechts and Lightyears. In 2003 he opened a new office, Salto & Sigsgaard, together with architect Sigsgaardan.
On the pictures: the NAP chair by Kasper Salto. The name of the chair reflects Kasper’s mentality. NAP stands for normal, active and passive. Normal means sitting up straight, all the way back into the seat. Active is when we are leaning forward to listen or speak, eat or work at a table. Passive means leaning back and relaxing. His aim was to make the NAP chair functional without compromising on appearance - just like the great designers of the past like Arne Jacobsen.