Have another look to what we can do with fabrics, so different shapes, too much interesting stuff to create. Mika Barr just took these materials to create surprising designs. Inspire yourself with exclusive interview done to the designer.
How and why did you get into the design Industry? Where did you study, etc?
I am originally from Ra’anana, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Ever since I was young I knew I wanted to be a designer, I just wasn’t sure in what field. When I decided that I want to begin my studies, I explored a little, and found about the textile design dept. in Shenkar College, near Tel Aviv.
I wasn’t sure what it meant, textile design, but I followed my instinct – and I was right.
I graduated my B. Textile Design degree on 2009.
Later on, I had the opportunity to study in Milan on a post-graduate course, with a scholarship. During 2010 I was in Milan for that purpose, and when I returned to Tel Aviv, on 2011, I started pursuing my own independent studio and brand.
How would you describe your design style? How varied are your designs? Do you have a signature touch with your designs?
The studio was officially established on 2012. I specialize in printing, and I have developed my own signature printing style – it creates 3D fabrics that fold and create playful, sculptural shapes. I deal with geometric patterns, as well as organic ones.
My design style is fresh, minimal and graphic. It is also playful and tactile.
In my work, I merge between designing and producing my own collection of pillows and throws, and between collaborations with other designers and companies.
I have created, among other projects, fabrics for bags and purses, for fashion, lighting collection – together with studio Producks, upholstery fabrics and more.
SEE ALSO: Origami lamps by Mika Barr
What do you love about being a designer?
To begin with – everything! But seriously – I like the fact that I create my own day, week and life. I like to deal with materials and patterns, and I also like the side affects of having my own business… Of course there are some downfalls, but I learn with time to not take them (or anything) to seriously.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My inspiration derives from the city, and from nature. But what inspires me most is the working process with the fabrics. It’s actually working with materials, and the material’s reactions are a never ending source of ideas and inspiration.
What are some of your most popular designs? Tell us a bit about some of your designs and what you love about them.
The most popular is of course the Geo cushion. It was my first real product that was made of my 3D fabrics. I also really like the Ori lamp – made in collaboration with Israeli design studio – Producks. I just now launched some new designs, and Irad cushion was very well accepted.
What’s your favorite and why?
Can’t decide… It’s in periods. I like some better for a while, then the others, then again the first ones…
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
Sure, there’s always something in the oven… I just showed my new additions to my collection, in the last Maison & Objet that was held in Paris, in September. Now it’s time to design the next models…
I’m also working along with studio Producks on a new collection of lighting.
Some more to come …
What is your philosophy on design and life?
Well, as I mentioned before, I try not to take anything to seriously. Having said that, in my designs and products, it’s very important to me to obtain a good, qualitative product. I think it’s nice when a product looks effortless. It usually takes much effort to achieve. Also, in my process, I keep in mind my goal, and my initial idea, but I always listen to what’s happening during the process – sometimes it’s much more interesting than what I’ve intended. That’s how I got to do those 3D fabrics – it was a mistake that happened during my research.
What are your design dreams/goals?
To keep working with great people from around the world, and to expand my collection and sell it worldwide.
Describe yourself in three words.
Fun lovin’ criminal