Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Mirek Struzik ("MS") 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.
MS : I have an extensive background in art, design and technology. I graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, I spent 8 years working in industrial design offices and I’m also an experienced machining technician. I’m also an inventor and own several patents.
MS : Constant amazement with beauty of nature. I design to appreciate it by transferring natural structures from micro to macro scale.
MS : I mostly design sculpture for public space and wish to work with art as much as possible.
MS : The most important thing is practice and contact with actual materials.
MS : A great designer has a lot of practical experience.
MS : When it’s about sculpture in public space, I take many factors into consideration: if the piece’s scale is adequate, it’s message and character of the surroundings.
MS : Everyone should invest in good design, because it’s the best way to give things unique character.
MS : I keep thinking about a technologically advanced kinetic structure.
MS : My biggest supporter was the Sugarman Foundation in USA. Equally important was a chance to create a series of sculptures for the Botanical Garden of University of Wrocław.
MS : The main obstacle was the terrible situation in Poland of the communist era. It was impossible to travel and ordinary aspects of life were difficult.
MS : To have constant satisfaction about the way my works become one with places they are at and how they are appreciated by the crowds.
MS : They always expect the “WOW” effect by the end of my work.
MS : Art always affects people psychologically in a positive way.
MS : I’m working developing my idea of Bubble Forest.
MS : The Dandelions in Dubai, that were awarded as one of the TOP 100 sculptures in public space by CODAworx and Bubble Forest in Nice.
MS : Six months.
MS : Technology is of utmost importance in my work. I always work with cutting-edge materials and equipment.
MS : I work all sorts of power-tools, lasers etc.
MS : My works undergo a coloristic metamorphosis along with changing time of the day and night. That’s why I choose reflective materials, such electropolished, stainless steel.
MS : I appreciate the human ingenuity.
MS : Books about modern art and sculpture by as Katarzyna Kobro and. Kandinsky
MS : By building many small-scale models of my designs.
MS : August Rodin, Katarzyna Kobro, Barbara Hepworth.
MS : It all evokes stress related with each next project.
MS : Golden Polish autumn.
MS : I must satisfy my internal drive to create.
MS : I was more creative than the other children.
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