Thursday, February 21, 2013

Interview: Nenad Merzel, furniture and interior designer

have you always wanted to become a designer?
When I was young I only wanted to paint and draw, that took me to the school for Design later, and that was the first time I realized I wanted to become a designer. 

which project has given you the most satisfaction?
I really don't have a favorite project but if I had to choose one it would be the "Plate" table set, because I designed it for a friend's new apartment. Knowing she likes it and use it is what gives me the most satisfaction.

what types of books are on your bedside table?
Books on bedside table? Aaaarrrr :D (such a nerdy question) I read books very rarely, I do read magazines though! Mostly about architecture, design or cars. One thing that I also have on my bedside table is a sketch book in case I get some interesting ideas in the middle of the night. 

what is the best moment of the day?
I like to sleep in, so for sure,it's not morning. I think the best moment would be around noon because I am still fresh and ready for work.

who is your design hero at the moment?
Internet! The biggest source of inspiration. I don't have a hero but I have a list of products whose designers I respect. 

cat or dog?
Dog! I got two...

what would be your dream project?
Hmm... The one with no deadlines and no financial limits. It is also very important that a project brings creativity to my mind.

where could we find you on friday night?
I like to spend evenings with my friends, but where we go is of no importance.  Usually we end up at some nice cafe downtown.

If you could do any other job what would you choose and why?
Motocross rider. I like extreme and dirt sports like motocross, quad races or mtb downhill.
Pepsi or Coke?
Both! Just needs to be cold and with ice!

If you were a character from Star Wars, which one would you be?
Chewie! Ghrrrr

How would you define your personal work-life balance in terms of ratio (50/50 70/30 etc)?
Sometimes 70/30 and sometimes 30/70.

What brings you joy? 
My friends and family, my creation, riding my bike and sleeping...

Thanks for the lovely answers! Check out more of Nenad's work ...