I am actually an architect, not a professional designer. Three years ago I was not interested in product design at all. What made me interested was the invention of some interlocking structures that I wanted to utilize. I found in furniture design an appropriate field to do that.
I founded it with my business partner about an year ago particularly for the production of 1x3 and the other pieces I designed together with it. I am responsible for the product design and I am preparing our new collection at the moment which is also inspired by interlocking puzzles. We also try to apply these principles in other projects, exhibition stands, art installations etc.
I try to find more objective aspects. If it is healthy or not. If it develops some intelligence in its user or not. Is there some fundamental and important innovation that it brings or not.
I respect designs that change our lives in a positive way, not products that are funny and interesting now but you will not remember them in several years. There are always "layers" in the long lasting concepts.
And also some intuition. I think that intuition is something not subjective and it can really show me the right choice.
I participated in Salone Satellite in Milan this year - 2011. I exhibited an assemblable book shelf on the stand of Young Balkan Designers. It was a regional competition and the winning designs, chosen by Konstantin Grcic, were exhibited there.
The next exhibitions will be part of Mikser Festival in Belgrade, and Sofia Design Week 2011.
I always try to find inspiration in fields different from architecture and design. I am interested in science, geometry etc. I also stop reading magazines and blogs while working on something. I want to see what I can do by myself, not to imitate someone else's works.
Constructivism. I am not so interested in style. It sometimes becomes a synonym of fashion which I try to avoid. For me the real style is a consequence not a goal. I must have a concept first and then look for the appropriate style
I live in Sofia, Bulgaria and I think the heritage, at least from the last twenty years, strongly affect my work in many ways.
After the Cold War the country changed a lot, not in a very positive way in most of the cases. The industry was completely destroyed and then privatized by people that did not really know how to develop it; as a result, the furniture manufacturers became very small and old fashioned in general. We lost a lot of knowhow and hi-tech now is like a chimera. This, together with some philosophical reasons made me design objects that are low-tech.