With three and a half million inhabitants, Lithuania is the most populous of the three Baltic nations, which all declared their independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 with the advent of glasnost and perestroika. Since then, Lithuania has developed into a modern European state. In October 2015 the government announced that design would be promoted as a key force for innovation as part of the strategy within the national culture policy. In this year’s Land of Design issue we examine not only Lithuania’s eventful history, but also its current state of design including its designers. Here, we present a selection of Lithuanian designers from different disciplines. You can find 16 more in form 264.
Year of foundation: 2015
Education: product design, Vilnius Academy of Arts
Fields of work: industrial design, product design
In your opinion, what is special about Lithuanian design and the design scene?
We are following functionality. Our design is unique by being durable, strong and clear. Therefore, the overall context is improving slowly but surely. Also nowadays it’s going back to expressiveness and experimenting. Man’s relationship with creation takes place by thinking not only about the customer.
What characterises your work respectively your working style and methods?
Primitiveness. I am solving problems which are closest to my environment by improving the daily life of human beings. I want to simplify the furniture or home and interior details in order to reveal functionality, which itself often dictates the object’s presentation. In my study years’ projects minimalism prevails, but in all of them is disguised playfulness. While creating I always want to add life to it in a way that does convey certain senses and movements.
How did you come up with ideas for the products? Where did you get your inspiration?
By monitoring the environment, inspired by various phenomenons and the question why? I am always interested in man and his sensual needs. What kind of thing, process, impulse stimulates a person to feel happy or unhappy? That inspires my desire to know the answers and solve problems.
What materials do you prefer to work with?
Lithuania is a heavily forested and green land. I grew up near the Labanoras forest, because of that natural materials are closest to my heart. Their very charming appearance and minimal production costs are the reasons why I like harmonious materials which serve in the age of human consumption and can disintegrate or be recycled when becoming obsolete. I love wood, its smell, hue, and especially that it changes over time.
Which was your favourite product so far?
The speakers Mood Moon. It was very interesting to examine the flow of human senses and their influence on feelings. The goal of the project was to activate not only the consumerists’ needs but also the inner human senses with music and its form. As a result, I realised that the process is the most important aspect of the feelings of excitation. This product allows the user to contribute to experiment and continue it.
What are you currently working on?
I continue working with the speakers but in a different way. I am designing a new sound system series for audiophiles. It will be on view at the High End 2016 fair in Munich.