Since the very start, I have had the privilege to co-develop and design products for Martin Stadler and the Stadler Form Team. What began with Fred, has grown into an attractive, small but fine range of products. This experience, and being part of the team, has greatly enriched myself and my work as a designer.
I follow a few declared objectives that I must achieve in the design of a product: a clear product language and aesthetics, implemented with resource-friendly, durable materials; a simple, intuitive operation and comfortable handling; a clear function, convenience and pleasure to use.
Developing new ideas has always been my passion. As a child, I wanted to be an inventor, tried to build a submarine and ran a chemistry lab in my bedroom. Nowadays, I approach design projects by working on the computer or in the workshop.
I love the challenge of working in different fields, and design products ranging from water kettles and medical devices to chocolate bars. In every project the aim is to find a solution that is simple, and beautiful. A designer cannot be successful on his own, but the close cooperation with Stadler Form lets my vision become reality. It makes me happy when a product of mine finally hits the shelves, while my focus at that point is already on the next project.
BERNHARD & BURKARD
During our years of study, we (Fabian Bernhard and Thomas Burkard) recognised the mutual passion for clear and simple shapes as well as for unconventional concepts and smart ideas. In 2010, we founded the BERNHARD I BURKARD design studio.
Innovative and functional solutions combined with high creative quality and the sensible use of resources have been what we demand of our drafts ever since. Design is not meant to be a mere purpose in itself but should define a product in a holistic way and, at the same time, create added value that generates sustainable success for all users.
For me as an artist and designer the borders between the two disciplines are, on the one hand, vague but then again clear. Yet always mutually enriching. The first objects I designed were for my home requirements. With that, I found the possibility of creating associative objects that have a function, i.e. a practical value. At the same time, however, they are rather small, strange things with a personality that possibly hide unknown functions.
My designer pieces open up their own shape universe with a twinkle in your eye. As a designer, it is fascinating to combine a design concept with the need of functionality without compromise.
My passion are everyday products, items we use on a daily basis and that are supposed to help us. Design, construct, find new solutions, timeless shaping, optimistic attitude and a pinch of humor – these are the principles of the conception of my profession as a designer. This is how many products, which are regarded as classics thanks to their endurance on the market, came to be.
Sustainability and good design are not opposites in my view. Where faultless function meets the right material, a balanced shape, harmonious color and marketable price, the goal has been achieved. I look forward to that over and over.
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