A Day in the Life of Maurice Dery (A’ Design Award Interview: Part II)

A Day in the Life of Maurice Dery (A’ Design Award Interview: Part II) 150 150 Karice Lighting - Custom Lighting Vancouver

Yesterday, we began the three part series of Maurice Dery’s Silver A’ Design Award interview. Part I focused on the differences between design and art (click here if you missed it), and tomorrow we’ll talk about the future of design (click here).

Today, we’ll look at a day in the life of Maurice, Karice’s founder and lead designer.

(For the full interview, click here.)

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
MD: I live with my family in Surrey, a coastal suburb of Vancouver, BC, Canada. This is increasingly becoming a world-class city for innovative design. I think this is a result of a combination of things: Vancouver’s adventurous pioneer heritage, the natural awe-inspiring beauty of the region, and the melting pot of diverse ethnicities. This creates a haven for inspiration and creativity. We’re also a very entrepreneurial people. We’re not afraid to take risks and do what hasn’t been done before. As a designer, it is a healthy atmosphere to be surrounded by. However, Canada is a very young country, and Vancouver in particular is a relatively new city (it’s a little over a hundred years old). As such, we do not have the depth of history and heritage of most other countries and cities. And in the design world, we still seem to lack an identity. Thankfully that’s changing, as Canadian west coast design and craftsmanship begins to be recognized across the globe.

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
MD: (1) A trellis that I designed for my wife 23 years ago. (2) A nautilus bench (3) My boat! It has beautiful, beautiful lines. (4) My system of McIntosh amps (5) A quad rack I designed for carrying four full-sized ATVs on a shortbox truck

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
MD: Every day is different. Very different! Some days I am at my computer creating concepts and drafting designs. Other days I’m experimenting and building prototypes. Still others, I am on the shop floor finishing the final product. But every day I am leading my team and interacting with clients, while trying to make room in each day to be creative and explore new ideas.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
MD: Whether it is our own concept or a client’s idea, we begin by solidifying the conceptual drawings and design objective. We then draft our initial designs and being developing prototypes. We always have formal blueprints drafted before prototyping, and we always prototype before production begins. Once we’re happy with a prototype, we then begin production.

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
MD: Good question! This is something I struggle with every day. It is hard to balance creativity with productivity. And, truthfully, I believe the answer is teamwork. By having a high quality team, you can rely on others to carry the load. If you’re doing everything yourself, you don’t have the time to pursue your inspirations.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
MD: “Can you build this?”

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, as we wrap up this Q&A and discuss the future of design