ADDRESS Interview with Miller Modern.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I like to think of my furniture as functional art, something that is definitely useful but also brings joy beyond pure utility.
Describe your creative process. Often I model my work in clay and the clay goes where it will. 95% of the time I am left with a blob of clay, but about 5% of the time an interesting form is born and that becomes the basis of a new design. From there I begin modelling on the computer and try to figure out how in the h*ll I am going to make that concept into a functional piece of furniture.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? Travel, travel, travel. When creativity is blocked you need to shake up your world so that you can see again. Travelling pushes you outside of your comfort zone and forces your brain to see the world in a different way where nothing is normal and nothing is routine.
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Let your Freak Flag Fly! Be bold, dare to be yourself.
What’s your dream project? Every prototype is a dream project for me. I love solving the puzzle or fixing the problem this is what makes me tick. Sometimes I think I overcomplicate things just to see if I can get myself out of the mess I have made.
What art / design trends are you excited about? I am super excited about the influence 3D modelling is having on architecture. Buildings no longer have to be square, the trend is towards sculptural shapes like those of Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. In the same way digital modelling is now affecting furniture design opening a new world of creative possibility.