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Interview with Takis Samartzis

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Takis Samartzis (TS) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Takis Samartzis by clicking here.

Interview with Takis Samartzis at Thursday 23rd of May 2019

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?
TS: I studied mechanical engineering and the design was very interesting. Since childhood, I have been a step in the design of cars and boats, and that has led me to deal with the design of fast and luxurious pleasure boats with a special aesthetic

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
TS: Our company TROPIDA designs and manufactures its products. Its goal is products of high performance and functionality combined with luxurious comfort and excellent quality of construction. Its vision is to contribute to the protection of the environment through the research and application of electrification as a main propellant but also as a hybrid application

FS: What is "design" for you?
TS: Design means a harmonious aesthetic that embraces functionality

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
TS: Sports car, hi performance boats, and bikes

FS: What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
TS: The most recent and favorite design is COSMIC39 the 12m rib.COSMIC 39 is an evolution among the R.I.B shipyarding.Not only the hull design and costruction , but also the design and the implementation of the deck. I wanted to combine speed with comfort , appealling both the speeders as well as the luxury lovers .

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
TS: The first thing i designed was a 10m rib (20 years ago) , which it turn to be one of the best globaly

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
TS: My favorite material is carbon fiber.

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
TS: When i isolate in my countryhouse for a few days.

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
TS: the coexistence of beauty and practicality

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
TS: Ekstasis of creativity

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
TS: Joy and agony for the perfect result

FS: What makes a design successful?
TS: A successful project must combine functionality, harmonious aesthetics by eyecaching attention and being able to get into the practical living

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
TS: My aesthetic and if the design find the practical goal which was design for

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
TS: Create beautiful and functional products that will not turn into garbage

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
TS: Ι think the design future is minimalism and soft shapes

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
TS: My last exhibition was in 18 EAST MED YACHT SHOW in ATHENS. The next it will be at DUSSELDORF BOOT at 2020

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
TS: From the nature's movement observation . The wisdom of mother nature is the only think that inspires me

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?
TS: My design is agressive, bold,renovative, non convetional, radical.

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?
TS: Greece has deep cultural roots and this inheritance has influenced me deeply.Living in Greece is a previlege.

FS: How do you work with companies?
TS: By mutual trust and confidence

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
TS: A good designer must have pioneering ideas and been able to harmonize these proposals with the purposes for which he has to work for

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
TS: I use a platform that puts the data and I try to harmonize the aesthetics without omitting these data

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
TS: A painting from a Greek famous painter,( MYTARAS) A vintage Jukebox (from 1940), Some plates with Dali paintings, a miniature wooden sculpture of a sailing boat from my grandfather

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
TS: My day life is dedicated to my work, my family, and my sports

FS: Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
TS: Never give up your dreams.Have free spirit. Dare to do unconvetional things

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
TS: Negative is that you are volnarable of coping your work Positive is that you are connected to the inner child thus you are creative

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
TS: Be innovative and radical

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
TS: fantasy, and creativity

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
TS: Simple pencils, rubbers,rullers,sheets of paper. At the next stage i use rhino software,and my desktop

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
TS: My family and my work team helps me to cope with this

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
TS: Approximately two years

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
TS: How do you come up with this idea?

FS: What was your most important job experience?
TS: Designing for a famous car industry a new sport car project

FS: Who are some of your clients?
TS: Bussinesmen

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
TS: Fast cars, fast boats, and airplanes

FS: What are your future plans? What is next for you?
TS: My new project is a new 10 m r.i.b with new innovative characteristics

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
TS: I prefer to work by myself

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
TS: I am working the construction of COSMIC 39

FS: How can people contact you?
TS: By e-mail and by phone

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
TS: No , thank you


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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