Floris Wubben answers Despoke Questions

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What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
I never became a designer; I was born one. During primary school I was always dreaming during class hours and building stuff at home.

Where did you study design?
I studied design in Belgium. This country had been my choice because I wanted to have an international education. The education I started was at the Interior Design school called ´Faydherbe Academy´. Apart from this education I also studied in Germany.
During my education of Interior design, they were also teaching the discipline of Furniture design. After a while I began to like that more than Interior design.
This is why I completed a second bachelor in ´Furniture design at the Faydherbe Academy.

What was the first thing you designed?
The first thing I designed took place at the primary school. We had a competition for making a kind of ‘prototype’. While creating that prototype I then felt a sense of the beauty of creating something.

How do you define good design?
To create with less means as possible, a good design.

What would you be if not a designer?
A craftsman, I like to build stuff.

Which design of yours are you most proud of and why?
I think ´Living table´. With this design I won the Eco Design Awards; that opened a lot of doors for me. I also got more self-confidence with the positive comments I received with a view to that design.

Anything in your career you wish you’d done differently?
Up to this moment I am happy with the important decisions I made.

Which designers do you most admire?
That’s Studio Makkink & Bey; their designs are genius and on the cutting edge from functional and visionary.

Which product do you wish you’d designed/do you think is an example of good design?
That would be the `Panthon chair`; it´s elegant, genius and simple. Also a perfect example to get the most out of a material.

Tell me about your design style at home?
If my interior would be experimental design, I guess I would never have any rest. In fact my interior is more or less ´grandma style´, meaning for me: totally rest.



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