Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Elie Saliba (ES) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Elie Saliba by clicking here.
Interview with Elie Saliba at Thursday 3rd of March 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?
ES: I have always been passionate to draw, since my early childhood, and I recall most of these drawings being about houses and buildings.
FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
ES: We started out as a small local design studio and now grew into a solid firm of more than 30 Architects and Interior Designers, handling designs from concept to execution drawings in an international market, while always striving to maintain the creative process and the search for the development of new and old ideas alike.
FS: What is "design" for you?
ES: The quest for a solution to a predicament that brings in an added value.
FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
ES: Mostly residential dwellings.
FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
ES: Sari Gardens. What fascinated me the most was the challenge to create a single module aimed to be built in several attached examples that could express itself differently every time, therefor avoiding repetition, and creating harmony in a very elongated facade.
FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
ES: Tiling design for a public garden.
FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
ES: pencil and butter paper
FS: When do you feel the most creative?
ES: When the given constraints seem the most challenging.
FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
ES: As much as I do look for aesthetics in an edifice, the criteria I focus on the most is the functionality.
FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
ES: Stress and worry.
FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
ES: Pride and fulfillment.
FS: What makes a design successful?
ES: When it is able to solve the given challenge.
FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
ES: Functionality and viability.
FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
ES: That would be an enormous responsibility, for he doesn't only design a space, but rather a lifestyle. That is why, while he should be considerate to the social values, he should also be able to refine the environment into a socially interactive living space.
FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
ES: The way of life is rapidly changing, and with it the needs as well. That is why I think technology and the digital age will soon be an intricate part of it.
FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
ES: Beirut Design Week, held in downtown Beirut, 3 months ago. The next exhibition will be in Beirut Exhibition Center, the coming month.
FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
ES: Within the amazing wealth of viewings and readings that our minds keep absorbing everyday, and unconsciously integrate into our intellect and culture.
FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
ES: Rational and alive, not too pretentious nor extravagant.
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