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Pure Talents Contest Nominee Patrick Palcic: “For my work I need coffee, music, fun and a sketchbook.”

Photo: Partick Palcic
Photo: Partick Palcic

Patrick Palcic, born in Stuttgart, Germany, came to design via a circuitous route. After training as an architectural draughtsman, he initially worked as an engineering draughtsman until, in his late twenties, he began to study product design at Berlin University of the Arts (“UdK”). During his studies, he worked at Werner Sobek Design and Ingo Maurer and was a tutor at the UdK’s porcelain studio. Palcic is taking part in the Pure Talents Contest at the upcoming imm cologne. His entry is an olfactory clock, which appeals to the user’s sense of smell.

Why did you become a designer?
I like to create things in accordance with my own ideas.

What was the most unusual place where you ever had a brilliant idea for a new design?
There are no unusual places when it comes to having good ideas.

Do you still need a pencil as a designer today? Or do you work digitally?
No, you don’t need one. I use ink for my sketches.

Do you have a role model?
Yes, I do: Konstantin Grcic, Front Design, Alfredo Häberli, Alicja Kwade, Clara Ursitti, Peter de Cupere – and many more besides.

Does design make you happy?
Design alone doesn’t make you happy.

At the olfactory clock a drop of essence trickles down onto the pre-heated copper dish at an hourly interval and leaves behind a very delicate trace. Photo: Patrick Palcic
At the olfactory clock a drop of essence trickles down onto the pre-heated copper dish at an hourly interval and leaves behind a very delicate trace.
Photo: Patrick Palcic

What do you find satisfactory and / or unsatisfactory in design work?
A small detail from an idea can send me into ecstasy or drive me to the edge of reason.

Is there a design world beyond serial production? And if so, how important is it for you?
Yes, there is a world of design outside series production. In fact, there are many objects that are not classed as either design or art, but sit somewhere in between. And they are usually more exciting and more inspiring.

What can`t you quit while you are working?
Coffee, music, fun and a sketchbook.

What kind of product needs to be invented urgently?
Definitely a time machine.

What does the imm cologne trade show mean to you?
Appearing at imm cologne means a great deal to me. It is an opportunity to present your ideas to a large audience, associate with other designers, receive feedback on your products and so on. I’m looking forward to it.

Further information about the nominees and ther projects you will find here.