Although there will be many more HOIOOOD contests in the future, we’re especially excited to introduce you to the winners of the first round – the initial group of designers that recently joined us in our Open Design Studio.

 

Back in June we published our first product design contests and, one month later, together with our jury composed of 18 members of different countries and the companies that supported each of the contests, we selected one winner for each of them.

 

Last week, the four selected winners finally joined us in our Open Design Studio where together with our team they will work to develop their design ideas into actual products. We sat down to talk to the designers, eager to find out more about their experience and passion towards design, the applications they sent us, and what they expect from our collaboration.

 

 

Katerina Trpkovska

Winner of the lamp design contest

 

 

 

Do you work on anything else aside from design? When and how did you first become interested in working with design?

 

I studied at the European University in Skopje, at the faculty of Art and Design –  with a focus on Interior design, to be more specific. Before enrolling in university, I had zero design knowledge. The faculty helped me understand who I am, what I want and what I’m supposed to do. Ever since then, I have dedicated myself to the field of design and, as time passes and my taste and views evolve, my focus in a specific area within design shifts. At the moment, I’m really interested in product design and would like to work more in this specific space in order to try to produce something revolutionary.

 

 

Tell us something more about the design you applied with. What was it you were trying to achieve when designing this piece of furniture? What inspired you?

 

It was a quick idea. I liked it and decided to apply with it. I knew it was a good concept because it has a touch of innovation. My design is a floor lamp with directed light that can also be turned into a wall lamp. The lamp’s rotating mechanism allows it to move around the space and be placed in different positions. Of course, the transition from a concept to a final product will mean a lot of changes to the design in order to make it better and more functional.

 

The biggest inspiration for my design was today’s dynamic way of living and the need for things to be adaptable. My lamp can be put in different positions and be used in many different ways, which gives the consumer a lot of liberty.

 

 

 

 

What are your expectations from our Open Design Studio?

 

I already had the chance to meet with part of the team I will be working with, and I’m happy to tell you that I’m positively surprised by what I saw. I expect many good things to come out of „House of 1000 designers“. I believe this platform will greatly influence the development of local designers and the furniture industry in the region.

 

 

Which skills would you like to gain and what are the things that you’d like to learn from us while developing your product?

 

I believe that my way of thinking will be completely changed by this project. I hope I’ll be able to strengthen my managerial skills and get a better understanding of the development process of “industrial design” products. I also hope that I’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the way products are launched on the market, especially when it comes to mass production.

 

 

 

Sonja Jankovik

Winner of the sofa design contest

 

 

 

Do you work on anything else aside from design? When and how did you first become interested in working with design?

 

I did my studies at the Faculty of Design and Technologies of Furniture and Interior in Skopje, and I currently work as a furniture designer. My passion for furniture design was born when I started my studies. After enrolling in university, my thirst and passion for furniture design started growing rapidly. The feeling I get when I get home and sit down on a comfortable chair or sofa and realize that I’ve done a great job as a designer is an additional motivation for me.

 

 

Tell us something more about the design you applied with. What was it you were trying to achieve when designing this piece of furniture? What inspired you?

 

My idea was developing a modular, functional and modern product for people that value and have to use every single meter of their apartment. This was actually my main inspiration. The concept is constituted of two modular parts that you can play with and move around. You can turn them into a straight sofa, an angled multi seater sofa, or a bed.

 

 

 

 

What are your expectations from our Open Design Studio?

 

I imagine the Open Design Studio as a place where everyone, not only designers, can get to work on developing their original idea and turn it into a real product.

 

 

Which skills would you like to gain and what are the things that you’d like to learn from us while developing your product?

 

I expect and hope that with your help I will get to realize my design and gain new skills that will help me transform my concept from a design into a real product on the market.

 

 

 

Antonio Stankovik

Winner of the chair design contest

 

 

 

Do you work on anything else aside from design? When and how did you first become interested in working with design?

 

I grew up in a family where art (drawing) was something I was constantly surrounded with, so as a kid I started drawing portraits and graffiti. This passion for drawing is what motivated me to enroll in the furniture and interior technician program in high school. That’s where it all started.

 

For the first time, I had a desire to draw something new and different; for me, that was furniture design. After graduating high school, I continued my studies in the Faculty of Design and Technologies of Furniture and Interior. During my studies I learned how to use 3D modeling programs and renders, which have been my main occupation lately.

 

 

Tell us something more about the design you applied with. What was it you were trying to achieve when designing this piece of furniture? What inspired you?

 

Every designer has the same goal in mind when designing a chair – creating something that will be unique but also comfortable. I think that I managed to do both – at least in this phase of the development, where I tried to combine original looks and comfort through the use of high quality materials (wood, metal and fabric). I can say I didn’t have any specific inspiration in mind this time:  futurism as a style in furniture design is the constant inspiration for everything I do.

 

 

 

 

What are your expectations from our Open Design Studio?

 

I imagine the Open Design Studio to be a platform willing to support all creatives who wish to share their good ideas with the world, a place where everyone with the help of an experienced team can solve the problems and issues with a specific idea, turn it into a perfect product, and learn many new things along the way.

 

 

What are the skills that you would like to gain and the things that you’d like to learn from us while developing your product?

 

I’d like to learn more about the process of production and the aspects of creating a product that is truly functional and usable. I expect good collaboration, and I expect to learn many new skills and gain experience and knowledge that will result in good, real products ready to be sold.

 

 

 

Dea Beatovik

Winner of the workstation design contest

 

 

 

Do you work on anything else aside from design? When and how did you first become interested in working with design?

 

I only recently finished the 8th semester at the Faculty of Design and Technologies of Furniture and Interior, so I’m currently working on my thesis. I started by designing jewelry as a kid, but I ultimately chose to focus on furniture design due to the combination of science and art and the everlasting challenge of balancing form and function.

 

I started working with design because I see it as a way of bringing order into natural chaos and of solving specific problems. I recognize the influence that one design has in the space in which it’s being used.

 

 

Tell us something more about the design you applied with. What was it you were trying to achieve when designing this piece of furniture? What inspired you?

 

Before applying, I thoroughly researched height-adjustable workstation designs. The most popular designs turned out to be those with electric legs; however, I’ve always been fascinated by systems and mechanisms that function without the need for electricity or batteries, so I set this as the goal in my design. The aesthetic aspect of my design was inspired by industrial style.

 

 

 

 

What are your expectations from our Open Design Studio?

 

You encounter a lot of issues and make a lot of mistakes when designing. You try and experiment a lot before you come up with the final version of your product. I envision the Open Design Studio as a creative space that will bring me together with experts from the field that will critique my work and help me learn more about product design.

 

 

Which skills would you like to gain and what are the things that you’d like to learn from us while developing your product?

 

I don’t expect to learn only about design, but also about all the influential factors that affect a design as it turns into a real product.