To be in front of a screen.
Where do you live? How is your house?
I leave in north east London in a flat that needs a lot of work. We are slowly doing things ourselves, but meanwhile we leave with the strict minimum, almost no furniture and a lot of our belongings are in cardboard boxes. Despite being a designer I realise that I am not missing much all these things.
Which are the design items in your house that you would never do without?
MY MAC, MY PHONE.
Which is the first design item you have bought?
The Luceplan Fortebraccio desk lamp by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto, in black. I literally bought it with my first cheque.
How is your typical day?
WORK, WORK, WORK…
Which design item you would have liked to create?
I guess the one who does not exist yet. There are more companies or factories I wish I could collaborate with than items I wish I would have designed.
Which song you would have liked to write?
There are so many, it is hard to choose only one. Music is very important for me. Anyway, I would say Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnaval, this song has real positive vibes, hopeful and cheerful.
Which are your sources of inspiration?
Other people or businesses waste.
What is your best talent?
To be convinced that I do not have any, that things can always be improved.
And your worse flaw?
How do you define your style?
That is quite impossible for me to answer this question.
Why surface treatment and treated surfaces’ power of suggestion are so important in your work?
In the case of RUST, you can see that the surface is alive. It actually really is. Some items are not varnished and so they will continue to evolve and change colour over time through a natural oxidation process. All the items are quite emotional, they are all unique, even in shape as I am not using any moulds. It is impossible for me to reproduce a piece, all the items have their own personality and like we do, this personality will grow.
In your opinion, what is the relation among drawing, handicraft and industrial production?
They are inextricable.
In your works, what is the relationship between the poetic component and the influence of technology?
It depends what you mean by technology? I consider some of the heavy tools I have at the studio real nice piece of engineering and technology, I use them every day to make RUST.
What does the future of design look like?
Immaterial and hyper-material.