To you, what constitutes a well-designed object?
Great design is made to last – in terms of function, quality and style. However, there is no such thing as timeless design – even though this is currently a very popular term in my profession. Design is always born of a certain moment in history, in a certain context and, as designers, we are always influenced by trends, no matter how original we believe ourselves to be.
That said, I believe that a well-designed object can stay relevant for a long time, if it’s made with high-quality materials, if it fulfills a purpose and if there is a clear aesthetic vision. Sustainability is also an important aspect to me. We will have come a long way in reducing our massive consumption if we start only buying things that we imagine ourselves keeping for many years. We need to buy fewer, but better products.
How do you gather inspiration before embarking on a new project?
I do a lot of research and, in the process of testing an idea, I ask myself: Will the end-result be functional? Does the product exist already? What would be the ideal material, colour or shape? I also try not to be too preoccupied with the projects
of my colleagues in the design business, because that tends to inhibit creativity. Great ideas often come when you least expect them and from areas not at all related to design – in my case, for instance, nature or art or when I am travelling.
What where your thoughts when designing the new tabletop range Ro for blomus?
Last year, I designed the glass series Flow for blomus, and Ro grew out of that process. The narrow but slightly heavier base of the objects is a recurrent feature of both Flow and Ro, which is inspired by Japanese ceramics with an often somewhat similar silhouette. We chose to do the Ro tabletop collection in porcelain because it is thinner, more elegant and a very precise material to work with. This also references Asian aesthetics, which I found very interesting.
What did you particularly enjoy in the process?
It was great fun working on a project that consisted of so many interdependent objects. I needed to be very aware of size and shape in order to create the perfect balance between them when used together. When designing a full tabletop range, you also need to constantly keep in mind the actual use of the items: when and for what would I use a bowl in a speci-
fic size, and how could I – merely by altering a shape – point to a certain practice. The use of everyday objects such as tableware should not be too complicated, and my job is to create something that is both beautiful and fits effortlessly into the daily routines of most people.
How do you imagine yourself using the new products in your own everyday life?
To me, the lovely thing about Ro is that the cup or plate I need always seems to be there, because I have such a broad range to choose from. I also like the fact that I can set the table for more formal occasions, and combine the three colours in my own personal pattern.