Home products made from waste fats, to purses fashioned out of shedded snake skins. Our 2019 show saw new designers working towards the future to tackle global concerns by exploring bizarrely brilliant new materials.
Sustainability is obviously very important to you and your focus. What is it about sustainability that resonates with you as a designer?
I believe that designers hold a very important role in what goes to the market. It’s not always easy to influence massive corporations to change their ways but it will be necessary sooner rather than later. We take for granted materials for the nonrenewable sources forgetting that we won’t be able to replicate those ways of life in the future in there no more available materials. Looking for alternative and sustainable solutions now can greatly help us progress rather than heading to the inevitable end of the materials we are so used to and can’t produce ourselves.
What is your goal as a designer?
As a designer I want to be able to change peoples life and experiences for the better by very thoughtful and remarkable products which serve our daily needs and solve the problem those people face.
I think it would be great to travel back to Japan and design for The Division and perhaps in the future work with IDEO or Muji.
Who or what is your biggest influence/inspiration?
Most of my work is inspired by German modernism and Japanese minimalism. To name a few a look at the work of Dieter Rams of Braun and Naoto Fukasawa of Muji and PlusMinusZero.
That’s Caffeine was influenced by incredible designers at KaffeeForm, Studio Swine and Bentu Design their approach to the waste and transformation of it into remarkable products is amazing.
How do you push through a creative block?
That’s a great question. If I happen to get stuck on the design process I go for a walk or take my bicycle for the ride. Being out in the open gives you more headspace to think.
Doing that stimulates my thinking and often I get spontaneous ideas which are a great solution to my design problems at that time.
What’s next for you, where will you focus your next project?
In general September and October is looking very busy for me and my practice. In September during the London Design Festival, I’m taking part in the 100% Talks! I will be running my first discussion panel. I will also be exhibiting at 100% Design in the Emerging brands section and I’m in the middle of work with the commission for the Media10.
In October I will be going to exhibit at WarsawHome’s IDEAS. It will be my first time exhibiting abroad and my first in a long time coming back to Poland. I was shortlisted for the Young Furniture Makers Exhibition in the Innovation category. Lastly, I will travel to Eindhoven to participate in Dutch Design Week.
Hypothetically, if your studio was a blaze and you could save 1 thing, what would it be?
This is a good one! I think in this situation I would quickly grab two prints my favourite artists Eckel and Uncle Allan, those prints have been with me for many years and are a reminder of the great memories and friendship I have with those artists. It also important to be inspired by another medium of design and support designers you are inspired by.