Design vs. Art (A’ Design Award Interview: Part I)

Design vs. Art (A’ Design Award Interview: Part I) 150 150 Karice Lighting - Custom Lighting Vancouver

For the most part, our blog highlights recent projects we’ve completed or new products we’ve launched. So we thought we’d do something a bit different for this post.

The following is an excerpt from Maurice Dery’s (MD) interview on April 21, 2016 with Frank Scott (FS) of DesignPRWire. The interview was part of the A’ Design Award process, after Maurice and his son, Jordan Dery, won silver at the world’s largest design competition. This is the first post in a three part series.

(For the full interview, click here.)

FS: What is “design” for you?
MD: Art seeks expression. Design seeks solutions. I’m looking for both in all original pieces I create. Design is all about purpose. It navigates and overcomes seemingly impossible challenges with solutions that are technically functional and aesthetically beautiful. Art, on the other hand, is articulate. It is the culmination and expression of skill and understanding. I aim to reflect both artistry and thoughtful design in all I do.

I only want to take on projects that others are afraid to. I believe the intersection of art and design is daring, explorative, and adventurous in achieving solutions. It’s also expressive and aesthetically pleasing. It’s master workmanship: balancing beauty with functionality. This balance is what I seek in each original piece I create.

As such, I consider myself an artisan: a practical craftsman who is one half artist and one half designer.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
MD: Challenging ones! I love to make the seemingly “impossible” possible. If you tell me it can’t be done, I love proving it can! Specifically though, large chandeliers are probably my favourite product type to create.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
MD: Metal. Steel specifically because I know it the best. My father was an ironworker for 55 years, so I come by it naturally! (His brother, my uncle, was an ironworker, too.)

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
MD: Sitting in the bathtub at 10pm at night, finally relaxing at the end of a hard day’s work.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
MD: Everyday life.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What’s your approach to design?
MD: True to form. Meaning: I prefer not to be an abstract designer. I like things to be refined and defined.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
MD: Oh! I’m happy. I feel exhilarated. I feel anxious to see the final results. I love seeing my thoughts come to life.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
MD: Satisfaction. It’s very rewarding.

FS: What makes a design successful?
MD: A successful design is one that solves a problem or moves the profession forward. It makes a contribution. This is achieved when a design is both beautiful and functional, giving it value and purpose.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
MD: Quality of finish.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on A Day in the Life of Maurice, followed by Collaboration: the Future of Design