Friday, 16 September 2011

Designer interview: Liam Mooney

liam mooney inspiration furniture designLiam Mooney is really synonymous with stunning handcrafted designs and chic interiors. I was browsing around the interwebz and found a showcase of his work, and thought that it would be great idea to get into contact with  him. Here is a little bit more about him and his designs








Tell us about yourself. What inspires you, what drives you and what challenges you?

"I love designing products, creating my idea of beauty, making products that inspire people, pushing materials limits, working with exceptionally talented craftsmen."

How would you describe your style? How has this style developed over time?

"I like to design products that are clean and simple. The challenge is then making the product exciting, without being one liners. I do struggle with the idea of having an all encompassing style. I think it's important that designers don't typecast themselves. What I try to do is experiment with new ideas on every product I design."

Why handcrafted as opposed to mass produced pieces?

"There are the obvious limitations of supply and demand. That being said, I have no objections to mass producing products. I'm in talks at the moment to mass produce one of my products in China. It's important that you allow the product to be what is it. Some need to be hand made, and others don't."

Where do you go to find inspiration/what do you do to get inspired? Where do you turn for creative inspiration – nature, travel, books, the web etc?

"Keep your eyes open! Even the most boring street in the world has inspiration hidden somewhere..."

What are you most proud of professionally?

"Opening my own showroom"

What comes first - the materials or the design idea?

"Depends on the product...I don't like to make rules"

What advice can you give up-and-coming designers/ what is the most important thing you have learnt in the design industry?

"There comes a time where you have to stop talking about it and just do it!"

What do you feel about the current state of the design industry. If there is one thing you could change what would it be? What is the one thing you admire about the design industry?

"I wish people would greater appreaciate the opportunities we have in South Africa."

Which colors, textures or trends do you wish to see regain popularity in the South Africa and global market and why? Which textures and colors do you see becoming popular in 2012? Which of these trends, in your opinion, will continue on from 2011?

"The confusing thing about trends is that there are so many happening at the same time, you could barely call them trends in the first place. Now adays the life cycle of a trend is so short it makes your head spin. I don't think its healthy being too trend driven anyway."

What is your design mantra/motto?

"Do what only you can do."

What do you think it would mean to Cape Town's creative industry if it was awarded the title of Design Capital?

"It would be nice to have the a spotlight on the Cape Town creative industries. There is so much for the world to see."

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