ADDRESS Interview with Konisa Studio.

Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. Konisa Studio is a Vancouver design company founded under the vision of developing and creating sustainable artisan goods and innovative wood products in effort to pioneer good Canadian design and waste-free economy.

Crafting human experiences is vital in what we do, Konisa Studio believes evocative, well designed and innovative wood products centralize, enhance and enable the places we live, learn and work.

Konisa Studio is a design company focused in solving problems with functionality and making people’s lives easier, we also believe in bridging local communities with good design to inspire collaborative projects that embraces locally made products and authentic innovation.

Describe your creative process. Konisa Studio’s creative process is to make every day working and living simpler and more productive.  Inspired by the concept: less is more, our objective is to solve problems in the most efficient and pleasant of ways, creating objects that aid, are friendly and made to last.  

Through design thinking, Konisa Studio pushes to focus on handmade local production and distribution. We also want raise the beauty of design by encouraging makers and designers that creating beautiful things people want can fall within the scope of the process itself.

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? I find inspiration in natural geometry, human behavior and function. Whenever I am in a creative bind, I find problems that exists in everyday life and work and think of better ways to improving that experience in a different and better way.  Inspiration can come in many ways, asking hard questions regarding sustainable, spatial or social causes (even out of curiosity) often get me out of the funk.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Master a craft meanwhile learn and apply everything about the world that interests you from art, design and culture beyond your circle.  Having something to perfect as you discover new knowledge will help improve your work in ways that people haven’t applied or seen before.  Also trial and error is your testament to true success, keep failing and you will be more comfortable in creating work that matters.

What’s your dream project? My dream project is creating and being involved in a growing community of committed Canadian designers centered around making life better through better design, waste free initiatives and using real natural materials.

What art / design trends are you excited about? I am particularly interested in the trend of small useful design that uses real natural materials, are locally handmade and thoroughly design centric.