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Pure Talents Contest Nominee Susanne Tesche: “Creative chaos does not work for me.”

Photo: Susanne Tesche
Photo: Susanne Tesche

Susanne Tesche studies product design at Kassel College of Fine Arts (KHK) in Germany. In a woodworking machinery course, the designer from Wuppertal obtained a grounding in metal and plastics processing, model making and conceptual thinking. Even before starting her degree, she gained important experience through periods abroad lasting several years – in Orlando, Florida (academic high school exchange) and in Australia (working and travelling). In her interview, the nominee for the Pure Talents Contest talks about career opportunities for designers, her entry in the competition and about silence.

Why did you become a designer?
I’m studying design, because I want to make a contribution to improving communication between objects and their environment. By deciding to study product design, I wanted to become more than just someone who designs beautiful products. I would like to make an impact on the way our environment and the objects we use every day are designed.

What was the most unusual place where you ever had a brilliant idea for a new design?
I often have good flashes of inspiration when I distance myself from my project and am not consciously thinking about it. That way, good solutions have occurred to me when I was waitressing or doing activities like cleaning.

Do you still need a pencil as a designer today? Or do you work digitally?

Do you have a role model?
No. There are certain designers whose products I can identify with more than with others, but ultimately I think it’s important to find your own creative path with as open a mind as possible. Of course, you are always going to be inspired and subconsciously influenced to a greater or lesser extent by your environment.

Does design make you happy?
I can’t give a universal answer to this question. Everyone must answer it individually according to his or her own definition of happiness. In my opinion, an environment that is designed intelligently helps to facilitate everyday life, which in turn affects well-being.

With the table lamp “focus”, the user is invited to approach light in a playful manner. Photo: Susanne Tesche
With the table lamp “focus”, the user is invited to approach light in a playful manner.
Photo: Susanne Tesche

What do you find unsatisfactory in design work?
As a student, I think that a job in design is a satisfying activity. In the best case, you have a structured daily work routine, but one which is rarely boring if you are constantly working with different clients and projects. In addition, a designer can express him- or herself creatively. I find it unsatisfactory that well-trained people, including student apprentices, often have to work for little or no money in this sector, because creative professions are still not valued highly enough.

Is there a design world beyond serial production? And if so, how important is it for you?
Design takes place in many more areas than series production. The range over which design has an influence is constantly expanding. Nowadays, designers can be found away from the world of production – in well-known galleries, in which experimental and conceptual approaches to design are conveyed, all the way through to the IT sector, where design takes places at the interface between man and machine, or in social fields, where work is being done on systems and concepts for mutual cooperation. In my opinion, it is important that the interdisciplinary work of designers spills over into other areas, and thus creates a wider field of activity.

What can`t you quit while you are working?
In order to focus my thoughts and concentrate, a tidy workspace is essential. Creative chaos does not work for me.

What kind of product needs to be invented urgently?
Silent leaf blowers.

What does the imm cologne trade show mean to you?
For me, it means an opportunity to make many interesting contacts, to enter into dialogue with other young designers and design studios, and to learn about other perspectives on design, as well as experiencing life at the trade fair as an exhibitor.

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