Designer Profile: Klaar Prims

Posted on May 27 2014

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Klaar Prims Answers Our Q&A:

 

  • Tell us about your background, how did you get into product design?
  • Between 1991 and 1995 I studied interior design at the Academy of Ghent. Driven by an enormous fascination for design and aesthetics, I decided to start creating objects myself. In addition to my job as an interior designer I started to design and produce stained-glass windows, thus integrating light, colour and reflections into the whole architectural concept. My fascination for glass kept growing and I also wanted to learn how to create objects out of liquid glass. I discovered this third dimension at the ‘Instituut voor Kunstambachten’ [Institute for Arts and Crafts] or IKA in Mechelen [city in Belgium]. I studied several years to find the technique that suited me most: the craft of glassblowing. From that moment I decided to immerse myself into the craft of making and designing objects of glass.  
  • We are obsessed with the Lux candleholders, can you tell us the background on this product?
  • In the early stage there was a lot of experiment in my glasswork. I developed a variation of creations using different techniques. I try to obtain pure simplicity out of this material which is by nature hard to handle. It’s a challenge to transform sand into an undercooled pureness with a warm and natural feeling. Working with glass is a matter of intensive research and hard labour. After several experimental years, I decided to set up a collection containing functional and decorative objects of glass. As a designer I prefer not to stick to only one type of material. I also feel the need to create objects out of different materials. The material I chose for the candleholders is the result of the functional use of the designed object in combination with an endless quest for beautiful materials.  
  • Where do you produce your product?
  • Belgium and Czech Republic 
  • What inspires you/ where do you find inspiration?
  • Architecture and interior design, music, music and dance performances, movies, art, etc… 
  • Who is your favorite furniture designer/Period?
  • Art Deco, Modernism, Warren Platner, Vladimir Kagan, Eileen Grey, Tapio Wirkkala
  • Where did you go on vacation last?
  • Italy
  • When you are not working you are….?
  • Cooking, reading, watching movies, listen to music, concerts, educating my children…
  • What are you obsessed with at the moment?
  • Philosophy, spirituality
  • What’s you’re favorite quote?
  • ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’
  • Favorite food?
  • Vegan food, Japanese food, falafel
  • Bath or shower?
  • shower
  • Do you cook?
  • Every day
  • The first thing I do in the morning is…
  • Enjoy the silence
  • What are you presently reading?
  • ‘The Signature of All Things’, Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Stillettos or flats?
  • Both, depends on my activities
  • What three things would you take to a desert island?
  • Books and music and music
  • If you were to describe your aesthetic as a fashion designer who would you be and why?
  • Bruno Pieters for his avant-garde creations and his ‘honest by’ collection for the philosophy behind it.
  • Do you have a most favorite piece of furniture in your home?
  • I love an eclectic style. It is the combination of different pieces of furniture which make an harmonious interior. I try to find the right balance between material, form and colour. But if I have to choose: our black dining table designed by Ivo de Groot and made by Strato with the ‘Ollwood WD-STD chairs’ by Sawaya & Moroni.

 

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