Interview with Ingrid Kulper

Winner of Furniture Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Ingrid Kulper shares insights


Interview with Ingrid Kulper at Sunday 21st of October 2018:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
MI : To work with design and construktion of various products makes me very happy. I am selftaught and autodidakt within this field.

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
MI : My motivation is the feeling of being in a different space when I discover a new pattern or design I like to realize.

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
MI : It just happened very natural.

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
MI : I like very much to design different rugs and like to explore both color combinations and new materials and patterns. The circle and the square in different combinations.

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
MI : I would say to follow there joy mainly.

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
MI : I believe that a great designer is more of a trendsetter. A good designer might be real good in details and quality.

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
MI : Good design should be of very good quality and giving a sence of admiration and wow to the observer.

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
MI : Good design can last for many generations and be appreciated again and again.

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
MI : I would very much like to design rugs for a spa and a hotel

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
MI : Maybe to get a large order from a nice hotel complex

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
MI : For me it is a feeling of yes once I get inspiration for a new rug.

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
MI : Zaha Hadid and Olafur Eliasson

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
MI : I still wait for it to come to life..

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
MI : Just being honest with whom they are and what is important for them to express.

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
MI : I always wanted to become a healer using medicin from nature

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
MI : For me design is an unique expression, which the designer wants to share with others.

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
MI : I very slowly followed my love for design and just followed my own desire to create and explore

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
MI : Difficult to say, I suppose my joy for just going my own way.

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
MI : To do other type of work just to make a living and still find the time for design and reaching out.

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
MI : I think that to participate in A´Design Award & Competition is an excellent way.

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
MI : Maybe hopefully a close co creation with a interior architect for a Hotel

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
MI : To get lots of happy customers.

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
MI : A nice well made product.

DL: How does design help create a better society?
MI : Beaty combined with practicality and quality creates a better society I do believe.

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
MI : I am working on a very specific rug tiles which easily can be stored away in a sitting bench when the rugs are not in use during the warm season. Countries like Italy and Portugal have not a rug culture the same as for example countries with colder climates.

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
MI : I like the mostly all

DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
MI : Always using materials which can last long and which can be recycled.

DL: Where do you think the design field is headed next?
MI : I think the 3D printing will take over much.

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
MI : Very different depending on what is included.

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
MI : First I start to introduce the project to the producer.

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
MI : To be Authentic .

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
MI : Both ways around.

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
MI : I use photoshop, illustrator and scissors mostly

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
MI : Color has always a large roles also the choice of material.

DL: What do you wish people to ask about your design?
MI : From where the inspiration did come.

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
MI : Wow so very well made !

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
MI : I do believe in co-design for sure but till now I have not stumbled over anyone yet.

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
MI : Maybe my daughter !

DL: Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
MI : Books about sacred geometry.

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
MI : I did dream, play and practise.

DL: Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
MI : Leonardo da vinci would be great !

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
MI : I feel very happy about the unexpected awards and recognition and it gives me the energy to get better and for each project.

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
MI : Right now I like earthly tones and colors. My favourite place is in Italy and on the Swedish Island called Gotland. Favourite food: Raw food and vegetarian. Thing and brand I do nor specifically know.

DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
MI : While making a photo shoot on a rug my cat turns up and places it self in front of the camera laying down comfortably.

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
MI : I am a multi task person so when the right moment, idea turns up I go all deep.

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
MI : Not at all.

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
MI : I hope the future will be as great for more of the world population as it is now for us in the western countries.