Marina is a product designer from Plovdiv, Bulgaria who studied at the Royal College of Art in London. Her fuchila sofa, chairs and glass mixers can be found for sale in our shop.
How did you begin to design things?
I would not even call it designing, it was making things I wanted to have or changing them according to the way I thought they should be. My dolly needed a jumper but I thought I cannot sew so I am going to draw the pattern on a piece of paper and glue it on the side. It was not really warm for sure.
Does the place you are from influence your work?
Certainly does. It is the basis of my world perception. Definitely, beyond say colours and shapes even more I would say it is a guiding compass.
What continues to inspire you?
Contradiction and imperfection. Maybe the best way to visualize that is by describing the place I am in the moment: dark, old, small, posh hotel in the middle of central London accommodating a design exhibition. Obviously, the work in it is contemporary ( 3D printed objects, LED, some of it modern forms, old technology). The clash of the two worlds. Past/history combined with new arrivals.
What are you listening to right now?
A person talking on the phone. Apart from that I am really old fashioned about music. I might need to change that.
What is your favorite piece of furniture?
If I had one I thing I need to stop designing. If I do, it would be an emotional personal connection.
Where do you see the future of design headed?
To design services. It is no longer aesthetics only, it now involves interaction for example. Otherwise there is a bit of rediscovering the love of materials as a central point.
What do you think people should think about when they buy things?
If they really have connection with the object about the long lasting things or if they need it.
Where would you like to travel? India, Africa... everywhere.