Heute im Desinger-Talk: Nancy Yusko, leitende Industriedesignerin für dekorative Produkte und Farben bei Kohler. Sie beantwortet unseren Design-Fragebogen zur speziellen, ornamentalen Caravan Collection mit dem blau schimmernden, geometrisch bemusterten Waschbecken Nepal und dem in freieren Formen geschmückten und von Weiss und Gold dominierten Waschbecken Persia.
Erneste Appell | What was the main idea of the collection? What is special about it? Or to put it this way: Why should a consumer decide to buy that sink and not one of the million others?
Nancy Yusko | The Caravan collection exudes a subtle sophistication of craft from the Middle East and India. Its fresh, global perspective blends beauty and utility in a form appropriate for the contemporary home.
EA | Where do you get your inspiration for designing? Are different cultural background than your own an often used source of that inspiration?
NY | The Artist Editions group pulls inspiration from a variety of sources. Within our product offering you’ll find pieces inspired by different regions in the world, fine art, folk art/traditional craft, architecture, cultural periods—even fairy tales.
Nepal was inspired by the East Indian textile techniques and the tradition of Henna ceremonies. And just as delicate detailing is a staple of Indian design, so is it in this lavatory. Its tone-on-tone quality creates a calming effect—a perfect option for a consumer seeking a peaceful escape in her own home.
Persia takes its cues from Middle Eastern traditions with its decorative architecture and Moorish style. Juxtaposition can be found throughout Middle Eastern craft, and that’s captured through the contrast between organic, open line work and its geometric, structured pattern. A curious classic for the bath, Persia is for the consumer seeking an eye-catching, focal point-worthy sink.
EA | Designing in between fulfilling functionality and free, artistic form-finding, where do you see your work? Which one comes before the other, how do they come together?
NY | We approach our products as functional works of art. We want each piece to be enjoyed and used for many years, so we ensure that every piece provides a high level of function and performance. All are tested against the same standards as non-decorated plumbing products.
EA | What was special/difficulty in the process of creating the caravan collection? Are there any technical difficulties you had to master for mass production and how did you do it?
NY | Designing Nepal meant creating and combining things we hadn’t used on other products, such as its blue base layered with a translucent glaze. We even put platinum and gold into the pattern to add richness to the design.
Kohler Caravan Collection Decorative Lavatories