What is your first memory of design?
As a kid, I was obsessed with keeping everything in order on my desk, and I loved my storage boxes where I kept my crayons, markers, pens, and pencils sorted by colour and type. It was in the 80s, so by modern standards the boxes were obviously not very pretty, but at the time they were super hip and I thought they were amazing. Looking back, it is clear to me that I was creating my own little creative space where I could express myself – and that this was the beginning of my interest in design.
What inspires you?
Inspiration can be found everywhere. You just need to keep your eyes open, and perhaps even more importantly, keep your mind open. Sometimes it will come to you from the most unexpected source, and sometimes you will more consciously look for it in art, architecture, design, or crafts. Personally, I like to think that I have this imaginary box in my head where I collect all the little amazing things that make an impression on me, and when I need an idea, I can often find it there.
Why did you choose to work with design?
I like making the daily lives of others a little bit more beautiful, joyous, and comfortable. When you think about it, it is actually a great responsibility. A vase is not just a vase – it is something that gives happiness to someone who chose to use it to make their home feel a little more like … home! That is the greatest satisfaction to me as a designer.
What were your thoughts when
designing the vase Zebra for blomus?
I wanted to create a simple, striped pattern that worked for all three vases and their individual proportions. Additionally, I was attracted by the cylindrical shape which is universal, simple, and frankly quite basic, but nevertheless extremely interesting to me as a designer. I like it when a design begins with a basic shape, and then evolves into something far more interesting and complex.
To you, what is the perfect shape?
In my view, design is not supposed to be only decorative and pleasing to the eye, it also has to work in people’s lives; it has to serve a well-defined purpose. Yes, sometimes a decorative item such as a vase is of course more beautiful than strictly necessary, but still it needs to be able to hold flowers in a lovely way, the material used must not break, and you should be able to keep it for many years.