Marc Krusin Q&A: Award-winning designer Marc Krusin answers questions about his design inspiration and process

Marc Krusin Q&A

What is your design process?
Usually I create the intention to design the product/ space in question but I don’t actually do anything! I don’t think about it, I don’t start sketching. I just have the intention and the commitment to design it. Then ideas start coming. And I’ve noticed that the less I think, as in the more present I am, the more the ideas flow.

How do your ideas develop?
Once the idea is clear, I make some sketches. When these are clear, I make a 2D cad drawing which, in the case of furniture, I print out in 1:1 scale, and re-work with a pen (and sometimes repeat this process many times). When the 2D drawings are clear, we will develop a 3D drawing. We adapt this little by little. In the case of furniture or product, we then move to full-scale prototypes. And then adapt and adjust until just right. During prototype development, the client is usually very involved providing useful information on cost targets, sales and marketing necessities etc.

Where do you get inspiration for your designs?
I don’t know. Certainly nowhere specific. But I’m sure somewhere in the mechanism there are influences from what we admire and what we come into contact with on a daily basis: books, cinema, and just general stuff around us.

What’s your favourite city and why?
I’ve given up trying to have favourites! I love travelling and so rather than one, there are several around the world that I am very fond of, each with its own pros and cons. But if I have to name one then it has to be London – which is why we live there. Of all the places I’ve visited and lived, London within our needs and requirements, is the most complete and balanced. Within its people there is generally a high level of respect, courtesy and awareness. There are many wonderful green areas. There are some great communities – villages within the city. There is an enormous amount of great things to. There is lots going on in the professional/creative sectors. It is well connected and so it’s easy to get to most places in the world. Generally, much care and attention appears to go into running, maintaining and constantly improving the place (as much as is possible within such a complex city).

Who are your design heroes?
Designers are not heroes to me and so I don’t have any. But I do very much admire the work of many designers and architects. Some to mention may be: Luis Barragàn, Mies Van Der Rohe, Piero Lissoni, Bouroullec brothers, Patricia Urquiola, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gio Ponti, Kensaku Oshiro… The list goes on. I also often appreciate single projects regardless of who designed them. What I really admire is when something has been done with extreme care, sensibility and love. This is immediately evident in a project. Likewise it is immediately evident when corners have been cut, when care has not been taken and when objectives other than creating excellence have got in the way.

If you weren’t a designer what would you be?
A full-time Yogi.

What’s your favourite design object?
I don’t have favourites! I could write a list of things I admire but it would be a very long one!

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