Studio Pip: Who/what are some of your early creative influences?
My parents were very much ingrained in the creative scene in Poland. From theatre, set design and visual arts, my family immersed me in a world that was rarely constrained by reality. A similar sense of wonder fascinated me in the work of Oskar Zieta, who I worked for after graduating university. His approach and way of thinking are unlike anyone I have ever met – working with readily available materials he applies revolutionary thinking to manufacturing processes, to create truly unique products and sculptures. I have also had the pleasure to work alongside Adam Goodrum over many years – another leader in innovative thinking and eye opening possibilities in furniture design.
Studio Pip: Which designers, architects, interior designers and artists do you admire and why?
I am always inspired by Japanese architects and designers – Tokujin Yoshioka, Nendo, Ishinomaki Lab are just some examples of quirky but purist design principles in product and architecture. YSG Studio, Richards Stanisich, Bates Smart are current local practices that continue to create incredible award winning spaces in our Australian cities that elevate and enhance our daily experiences. Art for me is about multisensory experiences – like interior architecture, for me it has to stimulate more than just the eyes or mind. That’s why I’m drawn to experiential works of artists such as: James Turell, Olafur Eliasson and Anish Kapoor.
Studio Pip: Who are the creative people you look to?
I admire people that give back in terms of their creative endeavours – creatives that want to educate, invest, share designs and the arts, with the wider community, such as art patron Judith Neilson.
Neilson actively nurtures the arts by commissioning amazing pieces of furniture and engaging architects including: Smart Design Studio, John Wardle architects and Tzannes. On the other end of the spectrum I admire Sydney’s northern beaches locals Richard Leplastrier and Casey Brown Architecture for the honesty of their principles in residential architecture and the deep thought that goes into understanding their clients to create unique and beautiful living spaces that complement the environments in which we live.
Studio Pip: Is there a current element or approach that runs through your work?
Sustainability is always a consideration – from material choices to choosing manufacturers, there are many things that influence a product’s carbon footprint. I love working with Australian suppliers, visiting factories, learning from the best. Timber is the obvious material choice for any furniture made locally. Timber is sculpted, carved, made to order, and does not rely on high manufacturing volumes – Australia is an affluent but small market with expensive labour – it constrains the types of products and production methods available – I like to see this more as an opportunity and challenge!