The highly-praised work of young Austrian designer Philipp Aduatz delves deep into the world of product design, combining state-of-the-art technology, limited editions and the artisanal method. His production, done almost entirely by hand, opens up the possibilities of unconventional materials, a use that is consistent with his own qualities and commitment to an open dialogue.
Strongly influenced by scientific aspects and doctrines such as chemistry and physics, as well as new technologies, Philipp combines in his work the traditional techniques of craftsmanship with cutting-edge processes such as 3D printing and laser scanning and CNC milling. His products also feature, according to the designer himself, influences from the work of sculptors such as Constantin Brancusi and Tony Cragg, and provide a new language of forms that fosters a new relationship between the object and the viewer or user.
Honoured in 2017 as an emerging product designer, and holder of various awards and recognitions, Philipp, who has also worked as a teacher, lecturer and workshop leader, is fully focused on research within design to create pieces with new languages. As he says, everything depends on good use and the discourse that comes with a material.
1. In addition to creating pieces that are unique, exclusive and with an original design, do your designs also take into account aspects such as the exploitation of resources, sustainability and the environment?
For me, maximum sustainability and ecological responsibility can mainly be provided by the way of the application of a product. I design and produce objects which are unique or limited editions, these products are made for collectors and should increase in their value over time. I think the most sustainable product is one that does not need to be disposed or cause any environmental problems in the end-of-life scenario.
2. In what way does your work present the combination of quality design and traditional craftsmanship?
To combine craft and technology is a main focus of my work. For example, in my newest project, the “Digital Chaiselongue” I finished the seating area with a UV-resistant polyurethane coating in delicate handcraft, this should demonstrate that craft and digital technologies can coexist for the purpose of innovation in the 21st century in harmony.
3. Do you have a preference for working with any particular material?
In my view, there is no good or bad material. As I explained before, there are only good or bad applications of materials. I like all materials and my plan is to try every material that is available. I have no preferences for a special group of materials.
4. Which one is the part of your work that gives you more satisfaction?
The designing or making is the greatest excitement of course, also the joy to see the final result and the impact on the market. The only part I don´t like is if I worked very hard on a project and I feel that the media and public is not appreciating or understanding it.
5. Do you always follow the same working method?
No, there is no method or recipe, each product has its own story and background. I do a lot of experiments, physically with materials but sometimes also theoretical. That experimental approach helps me lot to bring new ideas forward.
6. Where do you look for your inspiration`s main sources?
For me, there is inspiration everywhere. But my main sources are physics, chemistry, material science and also movies. And of course, the great sculptor like Richard Serra, Constantin Brancusi or Hans Arp.
7. The act of fabricating firsthand and using your hands is an inescapable necessity to guarantee particular product quality?
The work I produce by myself in my studio is mostly experimental research but I also have a lot of work which is produced by companies for me because I don´t have the necessary equipment. I don´t want to design only on the computer and let somebody else produce it for me, I like working with my own hands and to include the tradition of craft in my objects. The interaction of craft and technology is what interests me a lot.
8. How might we classify your work??
My work is 95% limited editions or unique pieces. It both works as art and as sculpture. Many of my collectors treat the pieces as pure sculpture and place it next to the work of sculptures in their collection. I like that. Some of my clients also use my work every day. Both is possible.
9. Which is the most recent?
The newest thing I presented at this year’s first edition of Ventura Future taking place during Milan Design Week 2018. For this year, I teamed up with company incremental3d from Innsbruck/Austria for a group exhibition to show innovative and experimental applications of construction materials in product design. There will be new experimental unique pieces like the “Gradient Tiles Chair” or the “Cloud Chair” on display as well as the main project of the exhibition, a 3D printed concrete chaise designed by me and developed in collaboration with incremental3d.
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