2012 August : design elements

29
Aug

Interview with Philippe Bestenheider

categories Designer, Interviews    

I recently had the pleasure of talking with the Swiss designer Philippe Bestenheider. His designs are cool and unique. I’m drawn to the way he explores geometry and the possibilities offered by a given material. Philippe Bestenheider graduated in architecture from Zürich Polytechnic and achieved the Master in Industrial Design at the Domus Academy of Milan. From 2001 until 2006 he became senior designer at the design studio of Patricia Urquiola in Milan working with Molteni, Moroso, Agape, Alessi and Axor. Philippe established a design firm in his own name in 2007. He loves reading cook-books and has a passion for pop-up-books. Enjoy the interview! I sure did.

binta armchair for moroso

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a designer?

As a child I wanted to be an inventor. I think the figure of the designer comes pretty close.


Looking back at your first project what knowledge do you wish you had back then?

Knowledge is never an achievement, it is always a goal. It is a dream to go back in time with the knowledge of today. But the reality is to look at the present and to tackle today’s challenges.

beth armchair for moroso

Is there something that connects all your projects?

I like to think that I do not have a specific style. I am particularly interested in exploring geometry, mechanisms and the possibilities offered by a given material. I like to apply the physical properties explored through research to my designs.


What do you enjoy most in your work?

For me the key moment is when an object takes shape, during the development phase that ideally takes place hand in hand with the manufacturer.


What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Eating.

nanook for moroso

What are your favorite books?

I love reading cook-books. I have a passion for pop-up-books. Books can be incredibly beautiful objects. And I love to read fiction.


Your favorite places in Switzerland?

Near my home-town of Crans-Montana, there is a bench set in a clearing in the middle the woods, with a breathtaking view over the Alps. In summer the spicy smell of mountain-grass in the sun is just beguiling.


You have been awarded several significant prizes. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Prizes are great, but recognition of my work by my clients, some of my colleagues or friends is more important to me.

nanook for moroso and swirl for varaschin

What does success mean to you?

For a designer it means having your products integrated in peoples everyday lives and serving their purpose of functionality with a sprinkle of  wit.


What’s your advice to upcoming designers?

Be persevering!


My signature question – what are the most important design elements?

Synthesis.

28
Aug

Bedrooms I Love

categories Bedroom    

cabbage rose, lonny

24
Aug

House in Portugal

categories House Tour    

Traumhaus gefunden… Design: Teresa Caldeira. Schönes Wochenende!

Dream house found… Design: Teresa Caldeira. Happy weekend!

marie claire maison

22
Aug

Interview with Seyhan Özdemir

categories Designer, Interviews    

” The most important design elements? Knowledge of material, simplicity and the urge of constant improvement.”

Seyhan Özdemir

I’m impressed by the work of Istanbul-based architecture, interior design and product design studio Autoban, founded by Seyhan Özdemir and Sefer Çağlar. Autoban was awarded “Best Young Designers” by Wallpaper magazine 2004, “Best Newcomer” by Blueprint magazine 2005, “Best Restaurant Design” by Elle Decoration China in 2010 for Hong Kong’s 208 Duecento Otto and Best Bed for Suite Bed at the Wallpaper Design Awards 2012. Reason enough to ask Seyhan Özdemir some questions… Enjoy!

Ayazpasa House

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a designer?

I decided to be an architect at the age of 13. Then during my education, the passion for design made me want to combine and explore both areas.


Looking back at your first project what knowledge do you wish you had back then?

Till today, all projects develop in their own manner and with our current knowledge. This process is still very challenging and something we appreciate fully.


Is there something that connects all your projects?

Challenge.

Turkish Airlines Cip Lounge

What do you enjoy most in your work?

Creating new, different worlds and suggesting new ideas.


What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Travelling.


What are your favorite books?

Tom Robbins – Jitterbug Perfume.

Tünel House

Your favorite places in Istanbul?

The Princess Islands, the coasts along the Bosphorus and the area of Tünel in Beyoğlu.


You have been awarded many significant prizes. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Awards have always been motivation for us and rising responsibility.


Tünel House

What does success mean to you?

Definitely the satisfaction in what I do. To realize every time, that the work gets appreciated…


My signature Design Elements question – what are the most important design elements?

Knowledge of material, simplicity and the urge of constant improvement.

photos: Richard Powers, Autoban

17
Aug

Summer House on Costa Brava

categories House Tour, Houses, Pools    

Ein Traumhaus in Cadaqués, Costa Brava. Design: José Luis Aloso Eijo. Schönes Wochenende!

Beautiful house on the Costa Brava designed by the Catalan architect José Luis Aloso Eijo. Happy weekend!


photos: Christoph Dugied for Marie Claire Maison via Automatism

13
Aug

Interview with Johnson Hartig

categories Designer, Interviews    

I can barely contain my enthusiasm for the work of fashion designer Johnson Hartig.  Energy, color, passion, celebratory spirit, a love for life… all are words that come to mind when asked about Johnson’s designs. Johnson has always been pretty independent and done things his own way. Not only are his clothes a joy to experience but also his LA home featured in Domino is for me the most inspiring home ever featured in a magazine. Recently I had the pleasure of talking with Johnson Hartig. Enjoy the interview. I sure did!

Your work is a joy to experience. What inspired you to get into design?

Thank you! I always appreciate a sense of humor and witticism and see no reason not to translate that into clothing. I also feel like there are enough serious clothes out there, and its not what our cients come to us for.


Is there something that connects all your projects?

I recon my unique perspective of the world.


Looking back at your first project what design knowledge do you wish you had back then?

Honestly can’t think of anything – I think my instincts have served me very well. I was surprised to find out that I had quite good business instincts too.


Your work revolutionized the way I think of graphics and recycled clothing. Please tell us more about your design process.

Thank you. I think it has too! I guess we just had an interesting perspective on the world. Macabre spooky graphics always appealled – we brought the scull back out of hiding ten years ago, and were the first to print on button down shirts and blazers for instance. I can’t walk a block now without seeing 100 generation copies now – its very interesting to thing we changed the course of graphics on clothing… now unfortunately its trickled down to the lowest level and we’re all forced to look at these terrible copies  and wonder when it will all end.


What is good taste to you?

Confidence enough to take risks and go further than necessary. Push the boundaries when necessary and use restraint when appropriate .


Valentino said shortly before his retirement a designer nowadays has to be more like a manager than a creative artist. Do you agree?

Hmmm… I don’t know, I guess I think everybody has to be a little bit of everything to be successful.

Libertine has always been pretty independent and done things its own way. What’s your advice to upcoming designers?

I don’t feel like I’m in a position to give advice as we did approach things so unconventionally. If any I guess, do your homework, have a great idea, and work relentlessly on honing your craft.


What does success mean to you?

Having a little bit of money and free time to travel.


What do you love to do when you are not designing?

LEARN, shop for interesting antiquities, look and commune with nature, and spend time with my dogs and friends.


Your favorite books?

“In Youth is Pleasure” by Denton Welch has been my favorite favorite for 20 years,  “The Razors Edge” by M. Somerset Maugham.


Your LA home featured in Domino is for me the most inspiring home ever featured in a magazine. How does it look today? I ‘m sure the Damien Hirst pieces are still the dominant focal points throughout the space…

Whoa…..thank you! It looks much as it did but perhaps with more in it… I’m always collecting something or another.


My signature question – what are the most important design elements?

As John Baldessari said – quality material, careful inspection and good workmanship. And I might add that a great idea is essential!

photos: Libertine, Domino

11
Aug

The Key to Life

categories quotes    

lonelyreload

9
Aug

Melbourne Home

categories House Tour    

So sieht eine Wohnung in Melbourne aus.

A look inside a lovely home in Melbourne.

photos: Sean Fennessy for the design files

7
Aug

Thracian Cliffs

categories I Love Bulgaria, Travels    

Einer meiner Lieblingsplätze in Bulgarien: der Golf-Platz von Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort. Er ist ist einfach unbeschreiblich. Alle 18 Bahnen bieten einen freien Blick aufs Schwarze Meer. Design: Gary Player. Location: in der Nähe vom Kap Kaliakra.

One of my favorite places in Bulgaria: framed by rugged coastal cliffs and the vast blue of the Black Sea, the 18-hole Gary Player designed signature course at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort is one of the most dramatic golf courses on earth. Location: near the Cape of Caliacra.

der reisegolfer

4
Aug

My Articles in Nash Dom

categories Magazines    

Durch das Objektiv meines iPhones: meine Artikel in der Wohn-Zeitschrift Nasch Dom. Danke für das viele positive Feedback. Danke, dass ihr meine Leidenschaft für Interior Design teilt.

Through the lens of my iPhone: my articles in the August issue of Nash Dom. Thank you for all your lovely emails and comments. Thanks for sharing the passion for interior design with me.

photos by my iPhone

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