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In Focus: Marc Krusin
Today we take an in-depth look at one of our favourite new designers, Marc Krusin.
We explore his past and current projects and share an interesting Q&A, where he reveals everything from his inspirations to his design processes – we hope you enjoy the read.
Marc Krusin graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in furniture design. He began his career in Milan where he collaborated with various studios, including the prestigious design firm, Piero Lissoni. Here, he oversaw projects for international clients including Alessi, Kartell, Flos and Thonet.
In 1998 he co-founded the Milan-based group, Codice 31, with five other emerging designers. The group’s first appearance was at the 1998 Milan 'Salone Satellite' exhibition, and they went on to enjoy great expansion and success.
In 2004 Marc established his own company, Klay, which specialised in natural objects from world cultures. Marc’s clients included Fontana Arte, Viccarbe, Pallucco, Saporiti, Bosa ceramiche and Glas Italia among others.
However, it his work with Knoll Studio, since 2007, that we are most familiar with. Here, he has not only designed iconic pieces such as the Knoll Marc Krusin Lounge Chair and End Table, but he has also designed interior spaces – most notably Knoll's own showroom interior in London. Here at Nest our favourite Marc Krusin design is the effortlessly stylish Lounge Chair With Arms – a beautifully simple and angular piece that lends itself to any interior style. To see more of Marc Krusin's furniture collection for Knoll, head over to our designer page
Now, time to hear from the designer himself.
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 adapt them until they are just right.
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 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 is the most complete and balanced. There is a lot going on in the professional and creative sectors.
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, the 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.
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!