Interview with Fabrizio Constanza

Winner of Art and Furniture Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Fabrizio Constanza shares insights


Interview with Fabrizio Constanza at Monday 24th of October 2016:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
FC : My professional career has evolved from industrial design to currently being the director of two design and art operations: Zio Projects and Fabrizio Constanza Design. I hold a BA in Industrial Design

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
FC : I believe the effects of evolution affects everything, and that as a designer I constantly redesign the present.

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
FC : I became a designer by choice. Design requires a positive stage of mind. I cannot think of anyone becoming a designer by force.

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
FC : I design functional art, custom furniture, conceptual sculptures, and I also consult with companies. The firm is working towards assisting corporations to transition to a design-thinking model of business.

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
FC : Publish their work in a professional manner. That is: great design solutions, information log, great photography, and extra hours of work.

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
FC : The desire to generate flawless designs and produce helpful information

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
FC : The client´s satisfaction.

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
FC : Good design is a positive engagement that develops into an endeavor. The return of these investments on design is achieving maximum results through innovation.

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
FC : I’m very glad to say I already do both. I design for those who appreciate my work; time is a commodity that cannot be wasted.

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
FC : I am sure when it comes to mind I will engage energetically to it. So far, I have done all that I have envisioned

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
FC : It´s measuring time, the parameter that defines the process.

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
FC : I am a visual person; my inspiration comes from general observation, not any specific person nor trait.

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
FC : I appreciate Italian modern yachts, Porsche, Calatrava, and Calder

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
FC : I create timeless works of design. All of them are special. What makes them great is that they are timeless pieces.

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
FC : Stop designing for profit and start designing for passion.

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
FC : I would be a RAF pilot. I like pushing the limits. Design is about the only normal job that allowed me to feel the rush of approaching the unknown.

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
FC : Design is to include evolution into our products.

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
FC : My parents. I was educated to aim for perfection and be gentle and generous on the way. And my Wife, that thought me to better manage my drive.

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
FC : It’s a lonely road to the top. I have great appreciation to those who crossed my path, their influence helped design my vision

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
FC : The comfort zone; it’s a natural surviving instinct that we all must learn to overcome on a daily basis.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
FC : In two ways: so that the client understands, and also the world grasps the idea.

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
FC : We are working on two large sculptures; a rotating environment; a restaurant design; four plinth designs, and apartment interiors.

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
FC : That future designers and society in general benefit from my work.

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
FC : A vision of the possibilities once the comfort zone is left behind.

DL: How does design help create a better society?
FC : Designers perceive the interaction between all things; designers could create solutions that minimize collateral damage.

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
FC : Two large size sculptures, and placing the exhibition of “ EL soporte del Cubo”.

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
FC : Social projects; it is an extreme pleasure to provide art, and it´s appreciation, to all persons, thus enriching all life.

DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
FC : Design industry must adapt to each country’s industries, culture and needs. It would seem unbelievable, but design programs around the world are rigid and standardized.

DL: Where do you think the design field is headed next?
FC : Hopefully to business, with business schools teaching design thinking and innovation; it is the next logical step.

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
FC : On an average, it takes two month. Production is another story.

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
FC : I listen, observe and listen again.

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
FC : I want to make a difference in the world

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
FC : Businesses sets the trends, design follows orders.

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?
FC : I seek results; technology is part of the tool box, but not the magic hat.

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
FC : We use 3d max, Auto-cad, Corel Draw, bond paper, tracing paper, napkins, etc.

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
FC : It is extremely important to our projects.

DL: What do you wish people to ask about your design?
FC : Any question is welcome. Usually the answer makes their eyes shine.

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
FC : I am not alone after all

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
FC : Greg Jacobs from Ignite performance USA, we have a good work rhythm. Absolutely, I believe on co-design.

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
FC : The client, of course

DL: Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
FC : Flipboard.

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
FC : Like any other skill, through training and practice.

DL: Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
FC : Winston Churchill

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
FC : I am honored by the jurors that have seen the work we are developing; fame is fantastic, yet I admit I still must learn how to handle it better

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
FC : Colour: British Green Place; London Food: Southwestern Mexican; Season: Winter; Thing: Sports; Brand: Porsche

DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
FC : How many times I have miscalculated quotes.

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
FC : When I “see” the project solution.

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
FC : Yes; I was always perfecting my toys

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
FC : I will not be physically here but my work will prevail. Or simply we will be extinct.

DL: Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
FC : This answers were edited by Diana Brown and Lets Save the Planet!!!!