Interview with Mahdi Fakhimi

Winner of Interior Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Mahdi Fakhimi shares insights


Interview with Mahdi Fakhimi at Monday 24th of October 2016:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
MF : I graduated in master of architecture. I have written some books, I have done more than 150 projects and achieve some international awards.

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
MF : It motivates a designer to continue, creativity is the most powerful engine in design field.

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
MF : Yes, I choose to be a designer.

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
MF : I design life by architecture

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
MF : They should have concern about humanity and society, they must know pain and feel it.

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
MF : A good designer think well, but a great designer think great.

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
MF : To Consider specific contacts and general contacts at the same time.

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
MF : It affects on visitor opinion and cause they feel pleasant, If people their selves they should invest in good design because they spend their life in those spaces and a good atmosphere leads a pleasant feeling.

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
MF : A hotel design based on fusion architecture.

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
MF : Emphasize both function and elegance at the same time,whether in details or general aspects.

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
MF : Azadi tower in Azadi square, Tehran, Iran, Hossein Amanat ,it is a great sample of incorporation architecture. Falling water home, united states, Frank Lloyd wright, It is an excellent design established on environment force and have accuracy in functional design.

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
MF : It concludes all aspect of design in the best way that it was possible, It focus on elegance, function and context.

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
MF : Think and see more efficiently

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
MF : I like to would be a teacher spacial for children.

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
MF : Design is a form of express which change the imagination to reality.

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
MF : My family ofcourse, then my teachers play an important role

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
MF : Innovation, effort, volition

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
MF : Discrimination and inattention to worthy works were the biggest obstacles.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
MF : Attend in different competes and publish their work

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
MF : It is interior design of a hotel.

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
MF : I want to became inventor of fusion style in architecture.

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
MF : Job commitment and time commitment

DL: How does design help create a better society?
MF : If the design is creates just for personal goals and tendency it can not help the society.

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
MF : I excited about designing a hotel based on fusion style.

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
MF : Hormoz restaurant because it combine Iranian art with western one in the best way.

DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
MF : Coming down the price of technological ingredients and 3D printing.

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
MF : About 3 month

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
MF : In my personal studio

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
MF : Live in the moment

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
MF : They both affect each other

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?
MF : Technology help designer to realize his imagination and of course inform him about all new material and design methods.

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
MF : 3D MAX, Rhino ceros, Auto CAD, Photoshop, illustrator

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
MF : Each items could affect on visual aspects of design differently, for example color can use for emphasize or reach a level of integration, materials for making harmony and ambient plays an important role in designing form

DL: What do you wish people to ask about your design?
MF : I just wish to people do not ask me to share their taste in design.

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
MF : I appreciate innovation and ingenuity of designer.

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
MF : It depends on the amount of effectiveness that co designer has, if both play the same role in design it is reliable.

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
MF : Other designers and architects.

DL: Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
MF : Visual art basis.

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
MF : Thinking modern is the best way of developing your skills.

DL: Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
MF : The first subjection my mind after looking to this question was about a book which i read it few days ago named ‘ Step by step up to Union With God ’.

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
MF : Of course it is not easy why as every one expect you to be spacial so you are kept away from your comfortable style.

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
MF : Blue, environment, salad, autumn, music, apple

DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
MF : When I show the design to the clients and they appreciate it I feel great.

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
MF : When a designer look at the final product of his design it is make him excited and motive him to act better.

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
MF : I can not reply surely to this question but I love lego and constructive toys in my childhood.

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
MF : I concern about future as I know in progress of technology which human reach is comfort but not peace.

DL: Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
MF : I recommend to every one experience passionate about their career as a designer.