Meet Caren Elliss and find out what excites this Adelaide based designer responsible for the successful Splinter Stools discovered at Workshopped14 by Luxmy Furniture CEO, Priyanka Rao.
1) Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m an Adelaide based designer that has a Bachelor of Industrial Design Degree (honours). I have spent 2 years training with The Jam Factory and I have recently started my own studio.
2) How did you get into design?
I had started to admire the design of everyday ‘things’ and found out that the designing of these things was called Industrial Design. So I applied to University, got in and in my 3rd year I did a 3 month internship in Mexico where I was put on some furniture projects and my love of designing furniture began.
3) What gets you excited?
New fresh design and resolving design issues. Going on holiday and having new cultural experiences (learning).
4) What turns you off?
People passing off being mean as being competitive.
5) What would you be if not a designer?
My childhood dream was to be a designer and creator for Lego. I was told that I would have to move to Sweden, to the younger me this was too great of a move. However, I still think this is my dream job.
6) How would you describe your workspace?
Currently my studio is still under construction (I moved to my own studio earlier this year, still getting it completely ready). However, it’s usually part design/prototype area and construction. So drawings, partial mock ups and final designs waiting to be resolved. Oh and a spattering of colours.
7) What’s your favourite City and why?
Would have to be a tie between Mexico City and Berlin, Germany. Mexico is completely overwhelming and amazing. So many people, so many cars and just very different to Australia. My favourite zone in Mexico City was Zona Rosa. People are very happy and there’s dancing in the streets. You will be walking past and a stranger will just grab you and start salsa dancing with you. Amazing and lovely people!
When I travelled to Berlin, I was in awe of the history and the re-construction that was taking place. It has been quite some years that I had travelled there (the Berlin wall had only come down a year earlier) and East Germany was getting re-vitalised and construction was in full swing, it was an amazing time in history and I was there to be a part of it. I found the people lovely and very welcoming especially around Christmas time.
8) What advice would you give to a younger you?
Be very, very determined and keep going. Personal happiness is worth more than anything.
9) What sound or noise do you love?
Love the sound of birds chirping outside my studio
10) What sound or noise do you hate?
When the router grabs end grain on your work piece
11) What’s your favourite word?
12) What’s your least favourite word?
Funky or Rustic
13) If you have to wake up in someone else’s body, who that person would be?
Hmmm, not sure. I wouldn’t mind spending a day in Marc Newson’s body. I’m in awe of his design skills and would love to be involved in some of those design meetings.
The Splinter Stools were recently showcased at Sydney Indesign 2015 and the Whitehouse Institute of Design.