‘It is hard to say what minimalism generally is. Less is better? Less is more? This is relative. Depends on person. I think we do things for people who think differently’, says Piotr Marek, Founder, DESIGN EPICENTRUM Manufactory
Piotr Marek, Founder, Design Epicentrum-min
Tell us about what you unveiled at Milan this year.
Unfortunately, this year, we did not participate in the Milan trade fair with our offer. In 2017, we presented a Diamond Washbasin. The sink has made a great impression in Milan. The Rock Crystal Sink is our most luxurious product. It is our masterpiece.
How would you define your creative philosophy and approach to design?
We design only unique products. We concentrate on it. We are not interested in what is typical in design. Our ambition is to do things for individualists. Our clients often wants what he has not seen yet. It’s about surprising the customer. Inspirations – we get from motorization (race desks and sofas), from nature (palm furniture and stone basins).
Do you think design is a rigorous beautification of our built environment? How do you achieve this connection through your designs?
No beauty is sad; It is something necessary to live. The mood of a person depends on the objects surrounding it. The furniture can be beautiful. Soul can be beautiful. We are better in furniture 🙂
Designing begins with a piece of paper. Then, we talk a long time about the idea, then details are made on the computer. From this moment, troubles start. Not always what you see on paper can be done or is possible to do. The end can be the beginning unfortunately.
Simplicity appears to be at the core of your design aesthetics – is it intentional?
Simplicity is not intentional in our projects. The most important are emotions. Simplicity is just a side effect.
Are any of your designs influenced by the past?
One of our sink (Marble Sink with Birds) has antique influences. So, we respect new and old. This sink with birds-in is inspired by antique Rome.
Can you explain the thinking behind the Minimalist design?
It is hard to say what minimalism generally is. Less is better? Less is more? This is relative. Depends on the person. I think we do things for people who think differently.
What is home to you yourself?
The house is the place where it is best designed. The family helps in this. The best ideas appear at home, not at work. The customer looking at our products should be able to imagine them in his own home.
How many projects do you tend to work on simultaneously?
I always think about a given new project at one time.
What are three essential tools you need in order to design?
Head, thoughts and words.
How do you generally see Minimalistic design’s influence on today’s society and its role in the future?
This is a philosophical question. Our world will look like our clients wish. It will be minimalistic or not. I hope that some balance will be maintained.