Simon Reynaud is the winner of the 2d Design !ndex Awards Contest.
Here is an interview based on 10 questions the D! Team Asked Simon.
Thank you Simon for your answers ! We hope you will find soon an editor for your awesome Â«Â Chaise en boisÂ Â»Â
[D!] What about school ? Where, when and how did you studied design ?
Simon: BAC with a special option applied arts, then a BTS product design and a BA in product design in England (Sheffield Hallam University) in 2004.
[D!]Â What is you design process ?
Simon:Â Projects arise little by little, detail after detail and almost all of them go through the same processÂ : A lot of time is spent to analyse my topic, where I try to search in fields as various as possible. After this stage, a lot of sketches follow. I go quickly to Modo 3d modeling, and theÂ researchÂ continue with several 3d steps, moke-ups and prototype.
[D!]Â Any tips to be a good creative ?
Simon:Â Be curiousÂ ! A project can born when you donâ€™t look for it (from a show, an exhibition, a meeting, a place, a detail, a book,â€¦) Be surprised and never satisfied, abuse of discovering is always goodÂ !
[D!]Â Can you explain us your products identityÂ ?
Simon:Â According to the projects, I use different approchesÂ : when a company comes to me to design an object, the clientâ€™s identity must stand out. For my own projects, I always try to bring a sensitive value in objects. It can be through the physical or the emotional relationship we have with the object.
[D!]Â Who is your favorite designer ?
Simon:Â I wouldnâ€™t say I have one favorite designer, but I appreciate a lot of different onesÂ : NoĂ© Duchaufour-Lawrence, Konstantin Grcic, Ron Arad,â€¦and so many othersÂ ! I have a specific admiration for Tord BoontjeÂ !
[D!]Â What is your opinion about product design today ?
Simon:Â Mine is mine, yours is yours, and this diversity is what matters !!
[D!]Â What is the last design object you bought ?
Simon:Â A salt and pepper dispenser, simple,Â functional, efficient.
[D!]Â What is your favorite song today ?
Simon:Â I love web radios to discover new sounds but I just discovered thisÂ : Seasick Steve Â«Â I started out with nothingÂ Â»â€¦
[D!]Â Which book are you reading nowadays ?
Simon:Â I am just reading a novel from David Lodge, Â«Â la vie en sourdineÂ Â» (Deaf Sentence), and my second bedside book is a really interesting book from StĂ©phane Vial Â«Â court traitĂ© du designÂ Â».