Interview with Jacqueline Mengi

Winner of Furniture and Lighting Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Jacqueline Mengi shares insights


Interview with Jacqueline Mengi at Sunday 23rd of April 2017:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
JM : I studied Interior design at Rhodec International.

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
JM : I always wanted to be a designer,after launching my Interior Design company I decided to start designing furniture.My design motivation is the deep desire to create things.

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
JM : I chose to become a designer.

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
JM : I design unique,made to order,luxury furniture.My collection includes living,dining and bedroom pieces.

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
JM : Young designers must start by having the passion for design,be prepared to work hard,dedication and perseverance.

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
JM : A good designer creates what is expected while a great designer does the unexpected,goes above and beyond what everyone else can imagine.

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
JM : A really good design is aesthetically pleasing,it's functional,exciting and thought provoking.Its the kind of design that has everything a good design should have and then some more.

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
JM : A good design's value is timeless,everyone should invest in good design because by possessing it you are not only making a statement but you are investing in something that you know is of value.

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
JM : I would love to design for kids,I think it would be fun to create something that kids can love and enjoy.

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
JM : I would like to learn how to do jewerly design.

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
JM : My secret is a positive attitude and creativity.

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
JM : Some of the legends that inspire me include Jo Baer and Tadao Ando.

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
JM : I love minimalistic designs,I admire how one can create something so simple and yet so profoundly beautiful.One of the designs I like is by Lucas Machnik.

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
JM : I think that I have yet to make my best design,I believe that my best is yet to come.

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
JM : The best way for improvement is to continue learning,keeping up with new trends,materials and technology in the industry.

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
JM : I would have been a painter.

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
JM : My husband has been my biggest supporter,he's my biggest fan and his belief in me has encouraged me quite a lot.

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
JM : I believe it's the courage to be different and to try out new ideas.

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
JM : Im obsessed with perfection so often I've had to design something and discard it because I felt that it wasn't exactly the way I wanted it to be.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
JM : I think it really depends on the design itself,presentation itself is a form of art and it should be complementary to the design.

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
JM : My next project is a luxurious limited edition furniture collection encrusted with precious stones.

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
JM : I want to be amongst the most recognizable icons of designs in my lifetime.

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
JM : They should expect creativity,originality and more exciting new designs.

DL: How does design help create a better society?
JM : Design can help society when a designer creates not only beautiful things but also offers solutions to some challenges in the society.

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
JM : I'm working on a luxurious limited edition furniture collection.

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
JM : I get satisfaction every time my clients receive their furniture and they are happy with it.

DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
JM : There's always room for improvement so what I would like to see is more innovations and solutions that will benefit designers internationally.

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
JM : It really depends on the project,it can be anything from a month to a couple of months.

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
JM : I start by looking for inspiration,I take notes and photos of everything that I think I can use for inspiration.

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
JM : It can be done,even if it's never been done.

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
JM : I think design sets the trends.

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?
JM : I would say technology plays 60% role in my designs.

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
JM : I use cad and basic woodwork machines.

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
JM : I think color,materials and ambience are all very important in design.They can be used to enhance a design if chosen carefully.

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
JM : Whenever I see a new great design I get very excited because as a designer I have great respect for innovation and creativity.

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
JM : My ideal design partner is someone who's very creative,fearless and ambitious.

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
JM : I think books and magazines have had the biggest influence on my designs.

DL: Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
JM : There's no particular book that I can pinpoint,I pickup different things from many different resources.

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
JM : I read a lot to keep up with all the trends,materials and technology.

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
JM : I'm very excited and happy about the awards and recognition,I enjoy being famous and the awards are great for my business.

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
JM : My favorite color is white,my favorite place is a village in Kilimanjaro Tanzania called Machame very close to Mount Kilimanjaro,favorite season is spring,I love animals and I've twelve dogs.

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
JM : A great day for me is when I see my new design come to life.Success is my motivation,I want to be successful and inspire the young Tanzanians to believe in their dreams.

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
JM : When I was a little child I loved music and painting,i knew I wanted to do something artistic when I grew up.

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
JM : A thousand years from now I think people will be so advanced that machines will be running their daily lives.

DL: Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
JM : I'm passionate about animals and I'm an Ambassador of Wildaid an organization that focuses on campaigns focusing on the conservation and protection of wildlife.