Designer Miran Nudell has always had a fascination with mechanisms and odd shapes. Following his core interests, he began working with modern design. Learn more about the way he works, as he answered questions in an interview with DUDYE.
1. What made you want to become a designer?
The fascination of what’s inside an object led me to discover a whole world of mechanisms and odd shapes, if it was an old VCR or when I got a deep cut, what happened inside was what fascinated me.
The simple modern solutions of the last decade seemed to me like magic, how function was embraced by its shape.
I remember myself creating all sorts of low-tech mechanisms as a child to improve everyday life, imitating thing a saw and longed for. I guess when I understood design has a serious power on people's reaction to objects, effect on their feelings and realized we all some times fall in love with objects, if it’s for sentimental reasons or love of shape, design is something I want to deal with.
2. How did you come up with the idea of the Apogee Chair?
The apogee chair began as a search for a comfortable chair without any big manipulations, I observed people sitting on regular daily chairs and noticed they tend to move a lot, they were looking for the next "temporary" comfortable position, and so I though why shouldn't the chair do some of the effort too.
Searching for the balance between comfort, flexibility and support gave me the Apogee chair, a chair that suits the sitter.
3. What do you believe to be the most challenging part of being a designer?
I think the biggest challenge is to look at a design after you've finished it and still feel that it’s a part of you.
After I finish a good design it seems to me that it has its own life and it’s not mine any more...
4. What is your dream goal as a designer?
My dream goal is to continue surprise people!
5. Can you tell us a little about the BugBag, do you personally take any interest in bugs?
I am interested in bugs, beetles mostly, although I have a pet tarantula that my girlfriend got me.
6. Who has influenced you the most in your design life?
Surely my life was influenced by Juan Miro the painter, Dani Karavan an Israeli sculpture, Salvador Dali, Antoni Gaudi and many more artists.
7. If you could describe your own work in three words, which would they be?
Give objects personality.
8. What advice do you have for an aspiring designer?
Always hear what people tell you, but chose what you listen to.
9. Is there anything else you would like to add to this interview?
Design is all about fun; it gives you the ability to give an object life.
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