Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Eckhard Beger (EB) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Eckhard Beger by clicking here.
Interview with Eckhard Beger at Wednesday 20th of April 2016
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
EB: I have always had a strong interest for design, photography, aesthetics and art. My personal development however led me into another direction: the luxury watch industry. Working as a designer is my « third life » and it allows me to include aesthetics and passion into my professional life.
FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
EB: ArteNemus is the company I founded for the design, manufacturing and distribution of my creations. ArteNemus is located in Geneva Switzerland.
FS: What is "design" for you?
EB: Design is the blending of aesthetics and function. Depending on what you strive to design, for whom and for what reason, and in what context the emphasis will be more on one or the other of the two aspects. I follow a purist approach favoring the aesthetics which brings me close decorative arts.
FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
EB: I like to design furnitutre with a purist approach.
FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
EB: I very much like the understated elegance of Bauhaus. I particularly like the lamp by Wilhelm Wagenfeld from 1923. I also like Ron Arad’s language of curves in his « After Spring » deckchair.
FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
EB: My preferred material is wood. It is a very sensual natural material and the variations in color and grain give it its uniqueness. The manufacturing of organic shapes however is complex.
FS: When do you feel the most creative?
EB: It is difficult for me to be creative « to order ». It is important for me to feed my imagination with ideas on a regular basis and follow different concepts in parallel. It is also important to take notes immediately when inspiration strikes.
FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
EB: The aspect I focus most during designing is the harmony of shapes and proportions.
FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
EB: There is a multitude of emotions I feel when I design. I feel a mix of curiosity and satisfaction when a new design concept emerges in my mind. During the design process itself – the translation of the concept to the real design – there is a mix of positive and negative emotions based on the progress of the process. The process can also be tedious when one is stuck.
FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
EB: When a design is realized, I feel satisfaction. I also hope that my satisfaction with the design quality will be durable and not wear of rapidly.
FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
EB: When judging a design, I first let the overall impression sink into me to see what my emotionally reaction to it is. In a second step, I will make a assessment of its functions and how they blend with the aesthetics.
FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
EB: My latest exhibition was the exhibition "Quasi secret" at Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan (15.03 to 25.04.2016). The other exhibition I am participating in is "Venice Design 2016" at the Palazzo Michiel in the context of the architecture Biennale 2016 (28.05 to 27.11.2016).
FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
EB: I am person with multiple interests such as travelling, music, aviation, photography, food & wine and I live in an international environment. All these elements feed my inspiration. In addition, I also have a conceptual side in which I like to translate an abstract idea into something concrete even so this might take some time.
FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
EB: I live in Geneva Switzerland, which is an international and multicultural place.
FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
EB: For me it is important to give a new design some time, to let it « age ». Putting a newly made design aside and looking at it a few days later allows looking at it with a new eye and making some improvements. Going trough this process a few times is what I call letting the design « age ».
FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
EB: My design tools are paper, pen and eraser as well as CAD software and rendering software. It is also important for me to feed my inspiration with activities not directly related to design like travelling, photography and reading.
FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
EB: The length is variable: it can take a few months to more than one year.
FS: What was your most important job experience?
EB: My most important experiences are the two exhibitions in Italy in which I participate during the year 2016 with designs which have been awarded at the Adesign Awards. The first is the exhibition "Quasi secret" at Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan (from 15 March to 25 April 2016) and the second the exhibition "Venice Design 2016" at Palazzo Michiel in the context of the Architecture Biennale 2016 (from 28 May to 27 November 2016).
FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
EB: My plans are to expand the furniture collection of my brand ArteNemus. I am working at tables, chest of drawers and other types of furniture.
FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
EB: I work alone for the design and with partners for the manufacturing
FS: How can people contact you?
EB: Email : email@example.com Phone : +41 22 310 66 06
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