Three winning concepts of the Spaces Awards will be made real during the Biennale in October. An international jury will decide which projects will make the cut. One of the jury members is architect Glenn Sestig, internationally lauded for his minimal yet glamorous interior designs and products. Discover his all-time favourite piece of design and what he will be looking at while judging the entries.
What is design according to you?
First off, I don’t really like the common interpretation of the word ‘design’ these days. For me, ‘design’ can be linked with almost anything: objects, buildings, clothing,… However, they all need to be well thought off and crafted with great care in order to differentiate it. The best designed pieces are often created by designers who dare to combine different influences and are trying to do something unique. In the history of architects, Mies Van der Rohe, Jean Prouvé, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames have mainly designed pieces of architecture but their language can be translated into pieces of timeless design of any scale.
If you could travel in time, which era would you like to visit?
The modernistic era, rooted in Europe, is a time frame I believe to be of great importance for the further development of general architecture. The leading actors - for me - Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, Eames and Marcel Breuer have shaped so much more than their own projects, They set an example for many generations to follow.
What's your advice for young designers?
Don’t get claustrophobic in your own field of design! Expand your horizons and your source of inspiration. For example architects who only read architectural blogs and/or magazines will eventually struggle harder to create their own identity. Let fashion, art, cars and even smaller items such as stationery objects inspire you to translate those influences in your field of design. Be unique