LEGENDARY INTERVIEW

Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Jaco Roeloffs ("JR") 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?

JR : I am mainly self taught. I am very curious and love reading about new technology nature etc. Before the internet I had hundreds of National Geographic books and that was my visual encyclopedia. Through that I was inspired by all the natural forms and colours. It also drew me to study uncommon shapes.

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?

JR : I would like to design houses, but I know you have to be a qualified architect. Its more that I like architecture, it inspires me.

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?

JR : About 1 month.

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?

JR : With the story and the stakeholders.

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?

JR : I use it for putting ideas and shapes into context. Everything doesnt always start with a sketch for me.

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?

JR : Normal photo editing and CAD software

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?

JR : Like most artists I am very cautious of colour. Colour is so powerful.

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?

JR : How can that inspire or influence me.

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?

JR : Sometimes. I do like working with others, it helps me challenge what I am thinking. I have noticed it helps me find other ideas during conversations.

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?

JR : Not really I just loved being outside on our farms scrapyard. Making things with all the excess pipes, tubes, steel parts etc.

LEGENDARY DESIGNER

I AM A DUTCH SOUTH AFRICAN SCULPTOR BASED IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA. I WORK WITH MODERN MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY TO SHOW THE BEAUTY OF OUR PLANET. MY SPECIALITY IS INTERPRETATION AND NEW PERSPECTIVES ON SUBJECTS AND NATURE. USING OLD AND NEW MATERIALS COMBINED WITH MODERN TOOLS AND MACHINES.


Superegg Sculpture Installation

Superegg Sculpture Installation by Jaco Roeloffs

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