Designer Profile: Klaar Prims
Posted on May 27 2014
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?
- 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?
- 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.