Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Nicoletta Santini ("NS") 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.
NS : During my last year of the classical high-school I discovered my interest for the design world. I was researching about its origins when I realize that I would have liked to become a designer of the future. The next year I started my studies of Interior Design at the European Institute of Design in Milan, a three years course in which I had the opportunity to learn different sectors of the design and to improve my software and creative skills. After the unforgettable exchange program at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the graduation project in yacht design, in the July 2015 I concluded my studies at IED Milan and, finally, my passion become my job.
NS : I have always considered designers as supporters of the world progress and the idea of be potentially part of this change motived me to become a designer.
NS : I was lucky to choose this amazing profession thanks to my open-minded family which permits me to follow my dreams.
NS : My passion for the design world is wide but I focused my work on the interior and exhibition fields. I wish to take part soon of a furniture design process.
NS : I have never considered myself a legend, I am still a young designer and I need to improve my skills and experience too. Anyway, I suggest young designers to be adaptable specialists, possessing the attitude and confidence to move out from their comfort zones and work with whatever method and prototyping tools are appropriate to communicate and realize their ideas.
NS : While a good designer is able to satisfy the client's following the traditional design rules, a great designer is able to predict the future desires, to create new trends and develop innovative ideas using new materials and methods, like a pioneer.
NS : The difference between a good design and a really good one is the impact it has not only for the present but also for the future market.
NS : The value of good design is characterized by ethic and moral function in addition to the traditional aspect of a well-done design like the functionality and the aesthetics. Because the good design takes care to its impact on the future and the society, all the companies and the buyers should prefer this type of production.
NS : If I had time I would like to design a new concept yacht and I would like to try a collaboration with an Italian yacht producer company.
NS : My dream project I still haven't time to dedicate myself is my future house, which I would like to design and realize by my own with all my creativity and fantasy.
NS : The constant research of uniqueness is the fundamental ingredient of design process ti create always something "out of the box".
NS : I have always admired the creations and methods of legendary designers such as Bruno Munari, Achille Castiglioni, Charles Eames and Patricia Urquiola.
NS : It is really difficult to name a few because I should mention icon designs such as innovative and unknown creations. What associates them is their combination between beauty, function and innovation.
NS : The project I developed for my thesis called "Stream", a 65 mt superyacht where sustainability, elegance and research were melt to satisfy to needs of an hypothetical foreign client.
NS : The research of new technics and of sustainable materials in addition to the study of the design legends and history are fundamental to become everyday better designers.
NS : To satisfy my instinctive sense of duty, I am quite sure I would have tried to become a doctor or an engineer, an active actress for the common progress.
NS : The perfect union between functionality and aesthetic define the term "design".
NS : My family and in particular my mother have always supported my passion for design. In addiction I have the big fortune to have lots of friends with the same interest of mine for design so I have also their helps.
NS : The education was fundamental for my professional development such as my constance and passion.
NS : The main obstacle was my young age which something made me appear wiseacre or incompetent by clients and suppliers older than me. My perseverance and kindness fortunately triumphed always.
NS : Simplicity and clearness permit the designer to make his works understandable and valuable by the public but he should never forget to create a bit of suspension to let the clients desire their creations.
NS : My next project is a line of furniture made by sustainable materials, a complete new design for my carrier.
NS : The creation of innovative and inspirational projects for young designers is my real ultimate goal.
NS : Continuity and innovation.
NS : Solving everyday issues each design help to create a better society.
NS : I am actually working on some exciting interior projects in collaboration with an architecture studio near Milan.
NS : The collaboration with companies to create their desired exhibition stand give me the most satisfaction.
NS : The increase of sustainable materials and green energy to produce our designs.
NS : I think that the design field is headed to years in which assembly production will be substitute with custom made design.
NS : It depends on the the type of design project we are referirng to. It can take from one month to one year.
NS : I start from the briefing and the concept.
NS : Never aesthetic without function.
NS : Design is the origin of trends, or it should be.
NS : Fondamental. After the first sketches I develop all my projects using softwares for modelling, rendering and presenting my designs.
NS : 3Ds Max plugin VRay Autocad Illustrator Photoshop
NS : After the creation of the concept, the designers should consider and balance these three elements to proceed with their creations.
NS : I wish people to be curious and interessant about the stories behind my creations. All my designs have ones.
NS : After the first attraction, several questions come up in my mind and I usually try to answer to all of them and to understand completely the creation I have in front of me.
NS : I have always believed in co-design because two creative and collaborative minds are better than ones but coordination and common professional values are fundamental to do so.
NS : More experienced professionists than me with whom I collaborated with during the latest years.
NS : "Da cosa nasce cosa" of Bruno Munari was the first book I read about design and the one which influenced me so much that I decided to become a designer.
NS : I am constantly working on my skill and I will always need to improve them.
NS : If I had this chance, I would love to meet and talk with Bruno Munari.
NS : I feel honoured by this recognition but my designs never had awards like the main goal.
NS : Red, Milan, pizza, spring, my laptop and Armani.
NS : The days in which I create new concepts or some of projects are realised are the motivation of my entire working life because these days give me the energy and passion to keep designing even during bad times.
NS : I have always been a creative person. Since I was a child, I spent my free time drawing and creating unusual prototypes but I have never consider myself a great design, just a good ones.
NS : I really hope future generations will change our approach to lifestyle and consumption, we really need to respect more our planet and our cultures.
NS : Keep your habits simple and your minds opened and curious. In this way you will be creative and wise for years.
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