How do you find inspiration?
Rather than finding inspiration in the moment, I prefer building a library of inspirations on a regular basis. I like to walk around and observe things. When I find something interesting, whether it is an object or the tiles on a wall or building, I will take a picture of it. I also like to look at old photos over and over again. When I am drawing, I often notice that the design seems to be connected to a memory, so my designs have always been quite random without a consistent style. I mostly create the look based on the impression in my mind and make designs as I wish.
What factors affect your design process?
I will start by thinking about the setting. I look at interior space designs most of the time rather than just focusing on the product. First, I will picture the interior space plan in my mind. I will close my eyes, put myself in the room, sit on the chair, and think about what kind of light will fit here.
But when I already have a lighting atmosphere in mind, I will design the look and define the potential styles that match the lighting, and the scenarios will start to fall into place. I focus a lot on “space” during the design process because some products look great on their own but may not fit in a space. Since lighting is often a foil for other elements, if space is considered at the beginning of the design process, the lighting will work better later on.
What are the things to keep in mind in designing metal lamps?
This is not very specific, but you need to pay attention to everything. Metal lamps are relatively higher in quality, so if they can display the essence and meticulousness of manufacturing craftsmanship, they can make the space look better. For example, the “Huan” lamp must be made by an experienced professional to make the welded metal look like a single piece instead of two separate tubes welded together.