Mario Taepper

Professional in Kitchenware Design.

About Mario Taepper

I am male. My aim is to create beautiful design, my design speech should be recognized by everyone. I am positive orientated . My star sign is BALANCE and so I am easy to be managed and I am always endeavoured to settle diffrences of opinions. Under my friends I have a good reputation. My friends like to be in our circle. I am very communicative and interested and open for new things.

  • Winner of Kitchenware Design Award.
  • Specialized in Kitchenware Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Kitchenware
Erdnussschütte To get peanuts without touching themUniq

Erdnussschütte To get peanuts without touching themUniq

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Interview with Mario Taepper

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?
When I was a child I always used to play with boxes. My father was a doctor and he gave me all the empty boxes where ampoules and pills were in. As a grown-up I wanted to be an interior architect. But I started studying languagesand then I studied design.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
We have a small studio,we started first doing all by ourselves but that became more and more difficult when clients don't pay their bills especially when the come from foreign countries. I decided then only to make the design and work together with diffenrent companies.
What is "design" for you?
Designing is for me very important, I like very much to play with forms. Design should be as simple as possible and should be agreable to watch even after years.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I don't focus on any special product , I just follow my thoughts. For the time being I focus on light especially OLEDlight , this is a complete new way of interpreting light.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
The most favorite design of me is the salt and pepper shaker TWO IN ONE I did for WMF. This product was sold 1 Million pieces in 10 years and it is still selling very well . This design is oustanding.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
The first thing I designed was lamp collection " Betula" for YCAMI. But the company meanwhile doesn't exist anymore.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
For accessoiries I prefer stainless steel and for lamps I prefer allumium and lighting material LED, OLED.
When do you feel the most creative?
When there is a theme for a new product then it is as being pregnant, and suddenly after some time the prdouct is ready in my head and it has only be realized in 3D or sometimes 3D print.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
I can't help but the important for me is the form it must perceived with the senses.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
I am just relaxed and I am curious to know if the product is realizable.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
I am just happy and content that sees the significance of my design.
What makes a design successful?
That is difficult to answer , it would be better to ask the customers.The right idea to the rihgt moment.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Today a designer is demanded to create things with long durability and even after years you don't get not tired watching them, the materials must recyclable.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
That is a difficult question and if would know the answer I would do so. It will be more and more difficult to find a realy non existing design. I remember a saying of Charles H.Duell in the American office of Patents (1899)."All what can be invented. has been invented already."
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
My last exhibition is long ago and there are plans until now for next one.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
I don't sit at my working -table waiting for the ideas to come. They just come and I make a little sketch and later on I filter and I concentrate on it and work it out.
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 am a follower of the Bauhaus. What was created there is still on the market and the design are still beautiful and on the market.
How do you work with companies?
It depends, sometimes the company ask me designing something or I asked if the company might be interested in having this or that design.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
I would never suggest something to a company. How companies select I have no idea but I did answer myself how is procedure of selecting.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
The lamp TUBI, the bench CLIP, the salt and pepper shaker TWO IN ONE , the closet TORI and a candle holder fromthe collection TABULA NOVA and of course the Erdnussschütte.
Can you describe a day in your life?
Every day is different and beautiful. I enjoy every day being healthy and satisfied.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
I would suggest that they should inform themselves very carefully if that what they want to design is really new or if it is just a me too product and being very critically.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Negative for me is that the press is making some designer great and they then they can do every design and others who are as quite good have to work harder. Positive is that you belong to those who can enrich life of others.
What is your "golden rule" in design?
Not to copy any other design. I have made bad expierences . The lamp TUBI was copied 4 times , TWO IN ONE wascopied once.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
books are a good source of inspiration, sometimes for doing something better. 3 D printer of makerbot,cinema 3D
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
I don't see designing as consuming task , I just like what I do and I have no problem managing my time.
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
That differs very much wether it is a little accessory or a lamp or a furniture.
What was your most important job experience?
The most important job experience was that having a good idea you are copied at onceand you can do very few against.
Who are some of your clients?
WMF , Carl Mertens, Tramontina, Pott, Christine Kröncke , Müller Mödelwerkstätten, Schönecker Leuchten, Promemoria, etc
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
The most I enjoy of my design is the salt and pepper shaker. This day I won't forget because it was before going into a concert. Before we walked around and I saw a salt and pepper set from JENSEN . I said to myself that should be possible to make it different and so the idea of TWO IN ONe was born. Coming home at night I verified a model in paper.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
Some designs are in progress but I never talk in advance until realization is secure.

Extended Interview with Mario Taepper

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
When I was a child I always used to play with boxes. My father was a doctor and he gave me all the empty boxes where ampoules and pills were in. As a grown-up I wanted to be an interior architect. But I started studying languagesand then I studied design.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
We have a small studio,we started first doing all by ourselves but that became more and more difficult when clients don't pay their bills especially when the come from foreign countries. I decided then only to make the design and work together with diffenrent companies.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
Designing is for me very important, I like very much to play with forms. Design should be as simple as possible and should be agreable to watch even after years.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I don't focus on any special product , I just follow my thoughts. For the time being I focus on light especially OLEDlight , this is a complete new way of interpreting light.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
The most favorite design of me is the salt and pepper shaker TWO IN ONE I did for WMF. This product was sold 1 Million pieces in 10 years and it is still selling very well . This design is oustanding.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
The first thing I designed was lamp collection " Betula" for YCAMI. But the company meanwhile doesn't exist anymore.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
For accessoiries I prefer stainless steel and for lamps I prefer allumium and lighting material LED, OLED.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
When there is a theme for a new product then it is as being pregnant, and suddenly after some time the prdouct is ready in my head and it has only be realized in 3D or sometimes 3D print.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I can't help but the important for me is the form it must perceived with the senses.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
I am just relaxed and I am curious to know if the product is realizable.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
I am just happy and content that sees the significance of my design.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
That is difficult to answer , it would be better to ask the customers.The right idea to the rihgt moment.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
Today a designer is demanded to create things with long durability and even after years you don't get not tired watching them, the materials must recyclable.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
That is a difficult question and if would know the answer I would do so. It will be more and more difficult to find a realy non existing design. I remember a saying of Charles H.Duell in the American office of Patents (1899)."All what can be invented. has been invented already."
If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
My last exhibition is long ago and there are plans until now for next one.
How do you define design, what is design for you?
I don't sit at my working -table waiting for the ideas to come. They just come and I make a little sketch and later on I filter and I concentrate on it and work it out.
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
I am a follower of the Bauhaus. What was created there is still on the market and the design are still beautiful and on the market.
What helped you to become a great designer?
In Germany in NRW. look question 18. I don't focus on the pro and the con.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
It depends, sometimes the company ask me designing something or I asked if the company might be interested in having this or that design.
How do you think designers should present their work?
I would never suggest something to a company. How companies select I have no idea but I did answer myself how is procedure of selecting.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
The lamp TUBI, the bench CLIP, the salt and pepper shaker TWO IN ONE , the closet TORI and a candle holder fromthe collection TABULA NOVA and of course the Erdnussschütte.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
Every day is different and beautiful. I enjoy every day being healthy and satisfied.
How does design help create a better society?
I would suggest that they should inform themselves very carefully if that what they want to design is really new or if it is just a me too product and being very critically.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
Negative for me is that the press is making some designer great and they then they can do every design and others who are as quite good have to work harder. Positive is that you belong to those who can enrich life of others.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
Not to copy any other design. I have made bad expierences . The lamp TUBI was copied 4 times , TWO IN ONE wascopied once.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
books are a good source of inspiration, sometimes for doing something better. 3 D printer of makerbot,cinema 3D
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
I don't see designing as consuming task , I just like what I do and I have no problem managing my time.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
That differs very much wether it is a little accessory or a lamp or a furniture.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
The most important job experience was that having a good idea you are copied at onceand you can do very few against.
What is the role of technology when you design?
WMF , Carl Mertens, Tramontina, Pott, Christine Kröncke , Müller Mödelwerkstätten, Schönecker Leuchten, Promemoria, etc
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
The most I enjoy of my design is the salt and pepper shaker. This day I won't forget because it was before going into a concert. Before we walked around and I saw a salt and pepper set from JENSEN . I said to myself that should be possible to make it different and so the idea of TWO IN ONe was born. Coming home at night I verified a model in paper.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
Some designs are in progress but I never talk in advance until realization is secure.

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