Claudio Sibille

Professional in Furniture Design.

About Claudio Sibille

Claudio Sibille is a uruguayan industrial designer who graduated from IUB (Instituto Universitario Bios) in 2009, in Montevideo, Uruguay. His expertise is furniture and more specifically how it can offer viable and innovative solutions to reduced spaces. Concepts such as function, utility and versatility accompany his projects so faithful and constant. He is currently the head designer for Hong Kong based M3 company.

  • Winner of 11 A' Design Awards.
  • 11-Time Winner of Furniture Design Award.
  • Specialized in Furniture Design.
  • 11 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
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  • Furniture
Mantis Chair

Mantis Chair

Furniture Design

Marken Desk Home Desk furniture

Marken Desk Home Desk furniture

Furniture Design

Twins Transformable coffee/Lounge chairs

Twins Transformable coffee/Lounge chairs

Furniture Design

Umea  Sofa Bed

Umea Sofa Bed

Furniture Design

Ludovico Office Drawer, Chair & Desk Combo

Ludovico Office Drawer, Chair & Desk Combo

Furniture Design

Mäss Transformable sofa.

Mäss Transformable sofa.

Furniture Design

Air table Coffee table/dinning table

Air table Coffee table/dinning table

Furniture Design

Ludovico Transforming Furniture

Ludovico Transforming Furniture

Furniture Design

ESE Rocking Chair

ESE Rocking Chair

Furniture Design

Opa Lounge chair

Opa Lounge chair

Furniture Design

Sensei Transformable chairs/cofee table

Sensei Transformable chairs/cofee table

Furniture Design


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Interview with Claudio Sibille

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?
No, design came as a second choice for me. I first studied Sociology, and them Communication Sciences. Now, i can´t see myself doing anything else.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Sibille is a company focused in designing and commecializing furniture, particularly space oriented furniture
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
Though i designed many industrial objects such as childrens games, medical equipment, urban furniture, home accesories like foam cups, etc. The thing i enjoy most designing is furniture, and indeed is what i specialize in today.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
The Ludovico line of furniture without a doubt. Though visually my most beloved design is the dino transformable sofa, the Ludovico / Ludovico Office is my favourite overall.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
It was a an urban furniture i did with other designers of a team. As an independent designer, the first thing i ever designed for a company was a series of headboards for a furniture company.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Though i don´t have a particular material, i try to seize the moment and today in Uruguay certified re- forested woods are becoming larger and larger. So therefore i use wood in most of my designs as my primary material.
When do you feel the most creative?
In cold, sunny o cludy days, after midday. And when my study is tidy and not messy. That´s just about all i need to the in the mood of creating and designing.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
I feel about the next things to come and the promise of better and more experienced and refined works.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Though I have not fathered and sons yet, i imagine as being the third next best thing (The first being Alina, my fiancee, and the third watching my designs being prototyped)
What makes a design successful?
I believe it´s all about innovation, wheter it is functional, technological aesthetic, fun, etc.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
Functionality and ease of use. Visual impact is usually delegated to second place. Usually the aesthetics of my designs are accomodated to the utilities and functions. This doesn´t mean that visual impact is not important for me. Not at all. People usually buy what they like (in aesthetic terms) the most at a first glance, so of course i take care into such matters. Also because i love beauty in all its forms.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
I believe a designer has the opportunity to show how from a tiny position, he can influence the society in a more eco friendly orientation. However, this turns itself most difficult without the support of goverment policies that could complement of work.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
My last exhibition was in October 2010 at the ExpoHogar Fair in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
My desire to improve myself and keep innovating with new and fresh ways to help living become more easy.
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?
I don´t consider i have a unique design style. I don´t follow a particular design school. The thing most of my design have in common though are the will to create new ways to optimize space in the most effective and new way possible.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
My prototypes of course. Alina, Ludovico, Ludovico Ofice, Dino and Sensei. They constitute all i am as a designer.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Be constant over any adversity, and never give up, even if life hits you over again. Sooner or later, with hard work and dedication the chances of achieving your expectations are will be on your side. It´s not about talent, but hard work and commitment.
What skills are most important for a designer?
It´s not about mastering autocad or 3d studio, or being a genius AT hand painting. It´s all about innovation, and the ability to see beyond the object.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
I can´t say I have a tight schedule, but it´s definetly preferable to not having a schedule at all.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
Can´t say really. Sometimes it takes just a day, and some other times, between this and that detail, by the time I finish I realise it´s been days, weeks, or even months.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
Continue innovating, creating original designs in order to export and give people form all over the world a chance to get to know and enjoy my furniture.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
I´m working now on my next project, but i rather keep it to myself for the moment.
How can people contact you?
Through my web site, where they can find all the necessary information.

Extended Interview with Claudio Sibille

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
No, design came as a second choice for me. I first studied Sociology, and them Communication Sciences. Now, i can´t see myself doing anything else.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
Sibille is a company focused in designing and commecializing furniture, particularly space oriented furniture
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
Though i designed many industrial objects such as childrens games, medical equipment, urban furniture, home accesories like foam cups, etc. The thing i enjoy most designing is furniture, and indeed is what i specialize in today.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
The Ludovico line of furniture without a doubt. Though visually my most beloved design is the dino transformable sofa, the Ludovico / Ludovico Office is my favourite overall.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
It was a an urban furniture i did with other designers of a team. As an independent designer, the first thing i ever designed for a company was a series of headboards for a furniture company.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
Though i don´t have a particular material, i try to seize the moment and today in Uruguay certified re- forested woods are becoming larger and larger. So therefore i use wood in most of my designs as my primary material.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
In cold, sunny o cludy days, after midday. And when my study is tidy and not messy. That´s just about all i need to the in the mood of creating and designing.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
I feel about the next things to come and the promise of better and more experienced and refined works.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
Though I have not fathered and sons yet, i imagine as being the third next best thing (The first being Alina, my fiancee, and the third watching my designs being prototyped)
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
I believe it´s all about innovation, wheter it is functional, technological aesthetic, fun, etc.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
Functionality and ease of use. Visual impact is usually delegated to second place. Usually the aesthetics of my designs are accomodated to the utilities and functions. This doesn´t mean that visual impact is not important for me. Not at all. People usually buy what they like (in aesthetic terms) the most at a first glance, so of course i take care into such matters. Also because i love beauty in all its forms.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
I believe a designer has the opportunity to show how from a tiny position, he can influence the society in a more eco friendly orientation. However, this turns itself most difficult without the support of goverment policies that could complement of work.
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
My last exhibition was in October 2010 at the ExpoHogar Fair in Montevideo, Uruguay.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
My desire to improve myself and keep innovating with new and fresh ways to help living become more easy.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
I don´t consider i have a unique design style. I don´t follow a particular design school. The thing most of my design have in common though are the will to create new ways to optimize space in the most effective and new way possible.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
My prototypes of course. Alina, Ludovico, Ludovico Ofice, Dino and Sensei. They constitute all i am as a designer.
How does design help create a better society?
Be constant over any adversity, and never give up, even if life hits you over again. Sooner or later, with hard work and dedication the chances of achieving your expectations are will be on your side. It´s not about talent, but hard work and commitment.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
It´s not about mastering autocad or 3d studio, or being a genius AT hand painting. It´s all about innovation, and the ability to see beyond the object.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
Computer, Autocad, photoshop, 3d studio. Internet, design books, a lot of design books.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
I can´t say I have a tight schedule, but it´s definetly preferable to not having a schedule at all.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
Can´t say really. Sometimes it takes just a day, and some other times, between this and that detail, by the time I finish I realise it´s been days, weeks, or even months.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
Continue innovating, creating original designs in order to export and give people form all over the world a chance to get to know and enjoy my furniture.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
I´m working now on my next project, but i rather keep it to myself for the moment.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
Through my web site, where they can find all the necessary information.

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