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2021 - BIO by Mariana Gomes

2021 - BIO by Mariana Gomes

Why did you choose to become a designer?

I chose to be a designer because of my passion for creativity. Design allows me to bridge aesthetics and functionality, bringing ideas to life and transforming them into impactful realities. It's a field where I can continuously learn, innovate, and contribute to improving people's experiences.


Where do you find inspiration? (for the contest chair design)

My primary inspiration was visionary fashion designer Iris Van Herpen. Her collections incorporate principles of femininity and empowerment, wonderfully merging craftsmanship with innovation. The dress from her 2012 'CAPRIOLE' collection particularly caught my eye, as it takes inspiration from biomechanics, creating a harmonious link with nature.


What is your creative process?

My creative process starts with the concept of embracing nature, which is reinforced by the upholstery used in the chair and symbolizes the infinite mysteries found in the collection. When designing a chair for spaces like restaurants, my goal is to create a unique blend of past, present, and future, incorporating feminine body lines and natural elements through the lens of biomimicry. This approach reflects the study and application of construction principles found in nature, allowing the chair to serve as a reflection of nature juxtaposed to an artificial environment. The chair's distinct shapes capture the essence of innocence, representing a meaningful expression of harmony.


What was the impact of winning the ESAD contest?

Winning the ESAD contest had a profound impact on my career, boosting my confidence while enhancing my professional reputation. Overall, it propelled my career forward, fueling my passion for design and expanding my skill set.


When designing a chair, what do you think is the most important feature?

When designing a chair, I believe the most important feature is achieving a harmonious balance between comfort and aesthetics. It's crucial to create a chair that not only visually attracts users but also offers optimal support and ergonomics for a comfortable seating experience. Moreover, it's essential to consider the chair's functionality and its adaptability to various spaces and users' needs in its design.


Why do you think it's essential for students to visit manufacturers' factories?

It's important for students to visit manufacturers' factories to gain hands-on insight into the production process and to foster a comprehensive understanding of design through real-world application.


What would you say is the future of design? Or the next big thing?

The future of design lies in the seamless integration of technology and sustainability, where innovative solutions address pressing global challenges. The next big thing in design is likely to revolve around sustainable practices, circular economy principles, and the emergence of transformative technologies like artificial intelligence and augmented reality.


Tell us about a project that has been your greatest achievement (so far)

One of my most significant projects was creating the Bio Chair for CM chairs, which gave me the opportunity to follow the design journey from start to finish. It was a rewarding experience to see my design come to life and make an impact in the furniture world.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years, I see myself actively contributing to the furniture industry with innovative visions of sustainable design. Additionally, I aim to explore and incorporate augmented reality technologies into my work, creating immersive and transformative experiences in the realm of furniture design.

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