Catalogue Bla Station: Newspaper Sthlm 2017,
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Luka Stepan DESIGN THAT CAN BE IMPROVED? Car design obviously; it can’t just be about styling, can it? It’s not enough that Tesla challenges the other manufacturers, there’s lot to do: how do you improve on the interior and how do you interact with all the electronics at your command? And being in charge of so much deadly power in the street, how do you develop the auto- matic system keeping everything in check? If we will have driverless cars in a sharing economy, what will they look like? What kind of sociological and cultural challenges are we facing? THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? The Architectures of Atelier Bow-Wow: Behaviorology. I’m fascinated with the Japanese metabolists of the 1950s and how their work applies to the architects of today, especially when we look for new types of dwellings for new lifestyles. LATEST MUSIC EXPERIENCE? The Serbian indie-pop band Repetitor; they are at their best live! Luka Stepan continued his studies at the Royal College of Art in London, after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. He received guidance from Professor Ron Arad at the RCA, and worked as a freelance designer in the UK for several renowned London studios – among them Tangerine – and Luka is now based in Ljubljana with his own design studio. ‘Why am I making yet another chair? Yes, that’s a good question! There are really way too many chairs in the world, and lots of them are really bad since they don’t last long, not even culturally. Lucky is made without any compromises or short-cuts, and while it’s not a cheap chair, it’s actually an investment because you can count on using it for a long time.’ As a designer, I appreciate restrictions regardless of whether they are related to with artistic expression, marketing issues, sociological concerns etc. It is these restrictions that make you bound to ﬁnd successful solutions.’ Cutu Mazueolos and Eva Prego started their design studio Stone Designs more than 20 years ago, and today have clients all around the world. Ofﬁces are to be found in Shanghai, Tokyo and Moscow, as well as their home town of Madrid. Their designs have earned them great popularity among Swedish manufacturers thanks to a Nordic feeling which surpasses even local designers. Maybe it’s because of an aversion to an ever-more artiﬁcial world? ‘We feel a strong afﬁnity with both Nordic and Japanese culture and aesthetics. We talk the same language’, says Eva Prego. ‘Furthermore, colour is a universal language, which people FAVOURITE MUSIC? ‘We don’t really listen to Flamenco, but my life-long favourite is Debussy’s Claire De Lune’, says Cutu Mazuelos. ‘We also appreciate Nordic music like Sigur Rós and First Aid Kit.’ THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? Tratamiento psycológico de la hipcondría y la ansiedad generalizada. Who really believes in the image of designers all clad in black going from success to success? It’s a tough, stressful life; you travel all day, you’ve got all these dead- lines, it hurts a lot, and you really have to curb your anxiety and hypochondria. I believe that in order to make people happy, you must also allow yourself to experience sadness once in a while. Stone Designs CUTU & EVA LUKA understand and can interpret on their own, almost like abstract art.’ Cutu Mazueolos has a past as a professional snowboarder and is a keen practitioner of extreme sports. ‘I really ﬁnd myself at ease with nature; everything else is plastic. Worst of all is social media. Where is the taste of life in all these plastic products which surround us?’ Stone Design works for many internationally well-known and high-proﬁle clients, as well as providing interior design for ski resorts both in Spain and Japan. Both Eva and Cutu emphasise that they want to improve people’s lives by creating a new relationship with both object and surroundings.