Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Arun Tillak ("AT") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
AT : Bachelors of Architecture from Anna University, INDIA
DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
AT : to make the space we dwell & its environment a better place.
DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
AT : I choose to become an designer
DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
AT : I design Residences & Retail store. i would love to design more of resort & hospitality projects
DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
AT : believe
DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
AT : sensitivity
DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
AT : fine details & attention to smallest requirements
DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
AT : it makes life better.
DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
AT : A private residence to one of my client
DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
AT : resort
DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
AT : time
DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
AT : Toyo Ito & Zaha Hadid
DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
AT : Benz Museum by UN Studio
DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
AT : ABC EMPORIO & Its Facade
DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
AT : i would have become a sportsmen
DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
AT : design is functionality with purposeful aesthetics
DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
AT : our clients & family
DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
AT : passion
DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
AT : authenticity
DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
AT : humbly
DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
AT : a Showroom in qatar
DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
AT : make life better for my clients & users
DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
AT : a simple problem solving solution
DL: How does design help create a better society?
AT : everything is connected to design if design is better our surrounding gets better.
DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
AT : a showroom
DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
AT : Emporio
DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
AT : technology
DL: Where do you think the design field is headed next?
AT : integration
DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
AT : couple of months
DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
AT : we try to understand the site & the clients need
DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
AT : Make surrounding a better place to live
DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
AT : its vice-versa
DL: What is the role of technology when you design?
AT : its holds a key position
DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
AT : Awards are good motivation.
DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
AT : Red, Barcelona, Dosa & Chicken Masala, Spring & Apple
DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
AT : First client meeting
DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
AT : Music
DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
AT : No