André Teoman is a luxury furniture designer with his own studio, originally from Viana do Castelo, Portugal. André has always loved design and is fascinated by the fantasy and magical elements of theater. He has worked with luxury design brands such as Boca do Lobo and Koket, where he designed the Piccadilly Cabinet. In 2014 he won the Young Design International 2014 Award by the Light + Building Messe Frankfurt Fair. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of André Teoman.
Image Credit: 1) Maarten Baas 2) Wim Delvoye’s 3) Alvaro Catalan de Ocon 4) Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe 5) Heatherwick
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
I create my own world with wicked things and turn them into a symbolization of distinctive taste and humor. I focus on emotional pieces, giving a story to each one.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
Normally starts, visiting the international design and art fairs, after I absorb all that visual information, I need my alone time to process it in my own way.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I’ve been working with some amazing and creative persons for the last two years. And most of them have my full respect and admiration, but I could highlight Guilherme and Diana for the work they do in the name of Design in Portugal with the Showme Gallery. A gallery used to exhibit big creative names such as Anton Alvarez, Fernando Brizio, Tom Price, Pepe Heykoop, to Alvaro Catalan de Ocon.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Normally I try to be open minded about where inspiration comes from. I’m always looking for new experiences and feelings that will arouse my interest.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I always knew that I wanted to work in a creative field, but only at 16 I understood that design would be it. And now I can be one day working non stop and only notice it after I’m done. Because I love what I do and you should too.
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