Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Mate Meszaros ("MM") 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.
MM : We both studied different forms of art before becoming architects, although before enrolling university we both choose a more “rational” form of art pursuing our studies as architects further. During our university years our major interest were architecture and furniture design.
MM : Creating something from the very beginning to the end, after completion seeing the users interact with it really makes work become a profession.
MM : As architects and furniture designers we design buildings from urban scale to pavilions, usually paying the utmost attention to detail until the last door handle. We prefer projects that have the most impact on lives of people in need. Social housing or cultural spaces would be a good example with all the furniture included.
MM : As young designers ourselves we can answer this question a later time.
MM : A good design can still be arbitrary, while every last detail of a great design serves a purpose.
MM : Good design significantly improves the quality of life for every layer of society. Good design should also be affordable to it’s main audience, so definitely worth the investment.
MM : Social projects are always the most interesting and challenging.
MM : Space facilities would be an interesting challenge.
MM : Not being afraid of making radical changes at any stage of the project.
MM : Dieter Rams and Sugimoto Hirosi
MM : The very first iPod; in the history of industrial design that product had the biggest positive impact on peoples life so far probably.
MM : We are interested in flexibility, to let our designs change with the needs of people. I think we are looking for this aspect throughout all of our design pieces.
MM : Learn something new every day and always widen your perspective.
MM : Life always have unexpected turns so we could have become anything from a professional water polo player to an astronaut.
MM : Design is always a process of providing different solutions to needs or insights.
MM : As young designers we are still looking forward to reach “these heights”.
MM : Being challenged every day is probably the most important part of being a designer so constant obstacles are actually something you could always learn from.
MM : Besides communicating the main idea of our firm, each project should be represented at the highest level possible, in a unique way adapting to the projects main message.
MM : Our main point of interest recently is to improve the lives of people living in limited spaces, around this topic we are developing different ideas.
MM : To reach as many people as possible with our ideas.
MM : To have the most positive impact on peoples life, we aim to give the most simplistic answer to their specific needs at an affordable price.
MM : The Tatamu stool taught us a lot about cooperating closely with the manufacturers. It's impressive folding method always brings excitement of peoples faces.
MM : It would be great if good designs could reach a wider audience, reaching people really in need of improvement.
MM : We always look forward to see different visions from different designers. Probably newly arising technologies will have a major impact on the field.
MM : It always depends on the specific project, usually ranging from a couple of months to a couple of years.
MM : Every project starts with an extensive research phase to allow a deep understanding of the topic.
MM : Several overnight days don't really pay off in the end, time management is key.
MM : It’s a recursive process so vice-versa.
MM : We are always open to try new methods that technology offers to support us.
MM : Usually we use Rhino, V-ray and Grasshopper with the Adobe software for furniture design, for architectural projects we also work with Revit. Besides sketching of course we started to explore the advantages of 3D printing.
MM : Materiality is at the core of our projects, choosing the right material brings out the essence of our ideas.
MM : We are always happy to answer any questions.
MM : Why didn’t we think about this earlier.
MM : We always design our furniture together and we are always looking for different craftsmen and other creative thinkers to cooperate.
MM : The insights of different manufacturers are always valuable, in terms of ideas we usually learn from and influence each other.
MM : Reading about completely unrelated topics could result major breakthroughs in our projects, parallels can be drawn between many seemingly distinct fields.
MM : We have over 10 years of experience combined in the architecture and furniture design field. Each unique project teaches us something new, widening our perspective leading to new ideas.
MM : We both live in the always moving city of Tokyo, every person, place, food and color we encounter during our days inspire us to come up with new ideas reacting to this constantly changing environment.
MM : Happy to talk about our products and ideas any time, so get in touch.
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