Interview with Vasil Velchev

Winner of Architecture, Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Vasil Velchev shares insights


Interview with Vasil Velchev at Wednesday 2nd of November 2016:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
VV : After my graduation from the University as a Master of Electrical Engineering i realized that i want to do something else. I worked some time as Electrical engineer but i wanted to do something more creative, to work with colors and shapes. Eleven years ago i started as a Graphic designer and later proceeded with the Product design.

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
VV : When i have an idea and i find it interesting i want to share it.

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
VV : Yes, I chose to become a designer. I think that you cannot be forced to do something that is related to art and creativity.

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
VV : I prefer to work on Furniture projects but not only.

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
VV : I think that i have a lot to do to become a legend but if i have to give an advice that would be: trust in yourself.

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
VV : No matter if you are good or great designer you will always need a muse. But the great designer's work could be used as inspiration itself.

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
VV : By its popularity and acceptance from the people.

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
VV : Because good design is like a piece of art.

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
VV : Time is never enough, yes. But if i have it i would like to try with a project for Automotive industry.

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
VV : Design a whole city.

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
VV : It won't be a secret if tell you.

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
VV : I appreciate the work of all of my colleagues because i know that everyone of them have left a piece of themselves in their creations.

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
VV : My favorite designs are those which are recognizable.

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
VV : I like my furniture designs because i experiment with unusual shapes and attractive colors.

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
VV : Try to design when you want, not when it's needed.

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
VV : Definitely an astronaut.

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
VV : The design is the first point of sensation when you see a product, the perfect harmony between shape and color, the ability to represent the true spirit and soul of the project through it's visual characteristics.

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
VV : Family and friends.

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
VV : I will answer when i am hundred percent sure that i am a great designer. I think i have a lot to do to become one.

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
VV : I think that every artist is facing the same fears - is it my work a masterpiece or garbage.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
VV : Participating in contests is one of the best practices.

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
VV : I will be scared if i know what i have to expect from myself. I want to surprise myself and then the audience.

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
VV : To be world wide recognizable.

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
VV : I cannot tell about the people but i want to say 'wow' when my next design idea hit me.

DL: How does design help create a better society?
VV : If you look good, you feel good....

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
VV : Right now i am experimenting with various projects in order to see which one of them is good enough for further development.

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
VV : The designs that are world wide recognizable makes me feel really satisfied

DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
VV : Stronger relationship between designers and manufacturers.

DL: Where do you think the design field is headed next?
VV : Only time will tell for sure.

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
VV : For me a design is never completed. There is always something that could be improved.

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
VV : Sketching, modeling, rendering ....

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
VV : Break the boundaries.

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
VV : I think it is too complicated. They are definitely related, but which one is first is more like a rhetorical question.

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?
VV : The new technology helps you very quick to give shape of your ideas and evaluate if its good or not.

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
VV : Mostly software for 3D modeling, rendering, image processing and vector graphics.

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
VV : These characters helps the design to become completed.

DL: What do you wish people to ask about your design?
VV : How the original idea of the design came up.

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
VV : I am really enjoying it.

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
VV : I don't actually. A business partner maybe, but not a co-designer.

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
VV : I started as a Graphic Designer in a department full of CAD engineers. They were deeply involved in 3D modeling so i started to learn from them. Without their help creating my designs would be very difficult.

DL: Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
VV : Books related to life perception.

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
VV : By constant improvement, training, sharing experience.

DL: Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
VV : Le Corbusier

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
VV : It is never enough.

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
VV : Sea blue, Switzerland, Sushi, Summer, Star Trek, Snickers

DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
VV : Several years ago due to some logistical problems i had to carry on foot one of my prototypes of a chair across the whole city of Milan.

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
VV : Everyday i try to do these three things - to create something good, to meet (or call) an old friend and to have some time to relax.

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
VV : I guess so.

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
VV : I hope that in thousands years the designs we create now will be in the museums.

DL: Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
VV : Thank you all for your support.