Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Alireza Merati ("AM") 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.
AM : I am a freelance designer with an architectural background. Currently, I am an MSc student of architecture.
AM : I have always had a great interest in art and been attached to a certain type of it during different periods of my life such as painting, drawing, architectural design and as for the recent years, I’ve become passionate about jewelry design. Besides, having 3D modeling skills and other architectural designing experiences have been the backbone of my jewelry design skills which helped me to develop and empower my ideas.
AM : It was absolutely my own choice to become a designer.
AM : Interior design for buildings would be my answer here, but I like designing jewelry the most.
AM : I suggest that young designers keep up with technology constantly. Furthermore, being a true artist comes with studying and knowing about art.
AM : When the design ties function, creativity, and uniqueness together to create a visual representation of an idea.
AM : When the designer links the idea to the right proportions and technical properties, all of which together lead to aesthetic appeal and presentation quality.
AM : Aside from function, a good design is in some sense a liberation of the personality. We contemplate a work of art, and there is immediately a release of feelings and heightening. In fact, a good design heightens the quality of daily life.
AM : If I had the opportunity, I would design jewelry for top jewelry brands.
AM : My painting exhibitions, which I was supposed to have two years ago.
AM : I wouldn’t call it a secret, but rather, a combination of passion, diligence, and a great appetite for art.
AM : Rene Magritte, Walker Evans, Richard Serra, Sir Herbert Edward Read, Wassily Kandinsky, Tadao Ando.
AM : Benesse House museum by Tadao Ando in Japan. The Benesse House is a facility integrating a museum with a hotel, based on the concept of "coexistence of nature, art, and architecture." It is a place where people can explore art, nature, architecture, and their own thoughts in a multi-layered and synergistic fashion. The place has a life-giving spirit and to me, it is an astounding architecture project.
AM : I like one of my ring designs the most. It has a simple appearance, a coherent structure, and an important story.
AM : I think improvement tends to be a gradual transition and should not be stopped. In my opinion, to be a better designer, people have to always think of new ideas and adapt themselves to changes, new trends, and needs. Moreover, I can add reading constantly and learning from the past errors.
AM : I can think of several answers, none of which I can pick.
AM : The design process is just as important as the final product. The design process is one of the many steps required to create a form of art or any ideal which the artist can realize in form. Art sheds light on the undiscovered side of our feelings and personality and is the liberation of our personality.
AM : My family and my friends.
AM : My fascination with art and design.
AM : By presenting their works in exhibitions, competitions, and galleries.
AM : Two different rings and a pendant.
AM : New ideas and consistency.
AM : It heightens the quality of daily life and helps to create a more comfortable and pleasant life.
AM : I think this has been already established that products are getting closer and closer to human needs every year, and I think this trend would get faster and more expansive as time goes on. Besides, it seems to me that designs are going to be more eco-friendly and designers will go green.
AM : Depending on the object type, designing can take time anywhere from a few hours to months.
AM : After realizing the project and its important elements such as function, users, standards, sustainability, concept, and culture, sketching my primary ideas would be the next step. Therefore, if I come up with satisfying ideas, I develop them until I have some final sketches. Computer modeling, sculpting clay, and fixing errors would be some of the next steps.
AM : I think it is reciprocal.
AM : I use 3D modeling software because they ease the complex process of developing ideas through forms.
AM : 3D max, Rhino Core, Matrix, Adobe Photoshop.
AM : Color, materials, and lighting influence the way we perceive designs, and our brain processes and judges what it perceives. Psychological influence, information, and effects on the psyche are aspects of our perceptual judgment processes.
AM : Every time I see a new and great design, I realize that there is an infinite source of ideas and it helps me to try to be more creative.
AM : The Meaning Of Art by Sir Herbert Edward Read, The Art Of Color by Johannes Itten.
AM : New experiences and studying architecture had big influences on me.
AM : Zaha Hadid, Salvador Dali, and Forough Farrokhzad.
AM : Lime green and black, Commercial centers, Spaghetti, Spring, David Yurman.
AM : Drawing my ideas and checking out new designs every day on social media and magazines. I also have a constant habit for keeping myself motivated by reading books, working out, and reorganizing my plans.
AM : I started drawing since I was a child and back in those days, I just knew that I have a great desire for art, but I didn’t realize that I like to be a designer.
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