Nao Tamura studied communication design at Parsons School of Design in New York; she founded her studio in Tokyo and currently based in New York City. As a product of Tokyo and New York City creative communities, her solutions are equally at ease in the world of 2-D and 3-D with an uncanny ability to find that emotional connection with the audience.
I’ve many heroes: from Fellini to Gandhi, from Majakovskji to Che Guevara, from Sottsass to my old doorman (a very simple uneducated lady); the world is full of good examples to follow. Sir Isaac Newton once said: "If I have seen further it was only by standing on the shoulders of giants".
I get my inspirations from all kind of arts and innovations. Be open-minded and question the behaviors of the people around you. Then I have a kind of material and souvenir library with goods I buy on my vacations. Brooms from China, cake pans from Bulgaria, lamp from Nepal ….
When I look for inspiration I hold a old object in my hand, such as a Limoges coffee cup. I love the design from the past . Regarding the contemporary one I am more critic except exceptional cases.
Architecture for me? What else except architecture and landscape? I couldn't imagine a life without…there is an amazing piece of music by Antonio Carlos Jobim called " Architecture to live" and it sounds even better as "Arquitetura de Morar".
I grew up in Murano, an island near Venice, where my grandfather was a Glass Master and my mother was a glass decorator. Having grown up in this type of environment it was quite spontaneous to create something.
In the beginning of each project, I sketch in small diagrams and perspectives. I used to sketch much more, but now I refrain from extensive explorations in sketches and acknowledge that the next translator will be the P.C. I have exchanged the artistic value of the ambiguous sketch by the author with the collection of digitally fabricated alternatives for buildings.
Strangely enough, design as an esthetical idea does not appear as an important topic to us. As a matter of fact, design is nothing but a term for the necessity of adjustment. Walking the street with open eyes, delivers to you a world of inappropriateness that urges to be improved.
Graduates of the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Job Smeets (b.1970, Belgium) and Nynke Tynagel (b. 1977, the Netherlands), who both live as well as work together, form Studio Job. Having met in 1996 in Eindhoven - she beginning her studies in graphic design...
“Beauty is a form of genius, to be exact, it is superior to genius as it needs no explanation” writes Oscar Wilde. This is exactly what I feel about design. I have always believed that our purpose is to make this beauty known and to admire it together with the world around us.