Ahead of London Design Festival we spoke to designer David Irwin, to find out more about the inspiration and ideas behind his work.
What was your dream job as a child?
I think the very first thing I wanted to be was a professional Lego builder!
What inspired you to become a designer?
I have always had a curiosity for how things are made and enjoyed creating things myself. I suppose the satisfaction I get from seeing an idea make the jump off paper and into reality is the reason I became a designer.
What is your favourite piece that you have designed for Case and what was the inspiration behind it?
It would have to be the Narin Folding Chair. I set out to design a folding chair that didn't comprise on aesthetics or comfort in order for it to fold. I took inspiration from the constantly adapting nature of workshops, from the function and forms of trestles, folding A-frames and other temporary support structures.
Describe your creative process…
Firstly, determining the key factors of the brief, researching the problem or requirement and then trying to come up with a resolved product that fits with the client’s brand.
What is your favourite piece of furniture, and why?
It's hard to choose just one but I would say Chair no.4 by Jean Prouve. This chair demonstrates the two things I love most about Prouvé’s work—simplicity and functionality. What I particularly like about this chair is that it was born out of the requirements for durability.
Who is your favourite designer, and why?
I have always admired Hans Wegner and Jean Prouve, two designers with a deep knowledge and understanding of the materials they used. Prouve once said “never design anything that cannot be made,” this is a philosophy that I try to adhere to with my work. A more contemporary influence would be Jasper Morrison, I have always respected his approach to design, creating honest, almost humble objects.
What is the highlight of your career?
I don't think I've had it yet, I'm still learning and developing as a designer, so hopefully the best is yet to come. Maybe it's the next piece I design for Case...