Meet Remake Design Challenge OBJECT finalist, JP Le Roux, our thorn amongst the object roses who is currently in his 2nd year at Design Time. We find out what inspired this laid back, health-obsessed, young designer’s kitchen storage range.
If your collection had a theme song, what would it be?
Coffee and TV by Blur.
One thing we need to know about you as a designer?
My best ideas come to me when I least expect it or am under pressure to focus all my attention on the task..
I can’t start my day without…
You are currently obsessed with?
Exercise, yoga and being super healthy.
Name one designer you would most like to meet?
I would be lying if I wrote anything down here. I like a lot of things and then forget that I like them.
My own style is…
A work in progress.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
Tell us a little more about your ’KITCHEN STORAGE’ collection. What inspired you?
I was pressured for time in this project and as a result my inspiration came from working last minute. I thought about early mornings and how difficult it can be to get going. I also thought about rituals and habit and how they assist in preventing that morning rush. My design seeks to combine ritual and convenience by providing a storage system that provides easy access to the things that make mornings easier and habitual in a positive way.
What challenges have you experienced by adhering to the competition principles of using sustainable design techniques?
The biggest challenge was understanding which sustainable materials could be used. It was also difficult to simplify and not get carried away with their use in the design.
What’s on your horizon?
Getting a 9-5 job, gaining experience in the working world. Travelling Asia. Gaining independence.
What excites you?
That sense of accomplishment after you’ve completed something to the best of your ability.
How do your friends describe you?
Laid-back, funny, honest.
What is your most treasured piece in your home?
A desk I made out of cardboard for a previous project which I now use in my bedroom.
Top tip when it comes to sustainable design?
Keep it simple.