Speaker Profile

Erik Nissen Johansen

Creative Director & Founder, Stylt Trampoli

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Erik Nissen Johansen is the founder and creative director of award-winning hospitality design practice Stylt in Gothenburg, one of Europe’s most distinctive and creative concept agencies.. 

For more than 25 years, Stylt has combined skills like concept development, interior architecture, design and branding to create unique hotel and restaurant experiences for clients all over the world. Under Erik’s leadership, Stylt has won several awards, including Best New Boutique Hotel in the World and two European Hotel Design Awards, several Swedish Design Prizes, and the World Hotel Award. So far the portfolio includes more than 400 restaurants and 250 hotels.

Storytelling is Erik’s tool for bringing experiences and brands to life. Stories are always the red thread in creating the concepts, guiding every aspect of development, from brand positioning to setting of the table. This results in consistent, engaging and memorable design, which in turn creates consistent, engaging and memorable customer experiences. A Stylt story can leverage the guests themselves as marketers, creating word-of-mouth publicity. Furthermore, story-based concepts are well insulated against fluctuating fashions.

Lydmar Stockholm, Klaus K Helsinki, Sonya St Petersburg, Stora Hotellet Umeå, 25h Düsseldorf, St George Helsinki, Cuckoo’s Nest Gothenburg, The Well Oslo, Huus Hotel Gstaad, Le Rouge Stockholm, Le Pain Français Gothenburg, Creekside Villa Canmore Canada and Stenungsbaden Yacht Club Gothenburg are some of Stylt’s completed and ongoing projects.

Erik was born in Oslo Norway 1965 and graduated from the L'Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro in Florence in 1985, with a diploma in art, art history, marketing and design. Erik’s parallel career as an artist has seen him exhibit his work, both solo and as part of a group, throughout Europe and the US.