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Curiosity, diverse and filled with inspiration-Thomas Dariel has the essence of a true 21st Century designer. The founder and creative mind behind Maison DADA and Dariel Studio creates unexpected from ordinary objects. His style is that of a playful musician filled with provocative and bold notion. Perhaps he got this from his grandfather, who inadvertently was a jazz musician. Thomas has not forgotten his roots, as he is known for blending his rich French heritage with a touch of Eastern culture. He focuses on the individuality of each one of his projects, making sure they are unique and true to the demands of his clients. The color choices and shapes he plays with adds more flavor and mystery to his works. Thomas truly has the inner works, thoughts and curiosity of a great designer.
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
 
Q: As we know you are an interior designer, now you have also become a furniture designer, what’s the difference between two approaches?
A: There are a lot of differences between an interior designer and a product designer.
The perception, the way of thinking, the cultural approaches, the starting mind process when you start a new project. I was trained as a product designer at the beginning. I was trained for 6 years to be able to design brush tooth, phones, tables, car, trains etc. And suddenly in my life I started to design interiors for houses and restaurants. I liked the fact to be able to mix the two cultures and to design an interior design with my set mind of product designers.
I like Thomas Heatherwick when he designs a building or bridge. He is a product designer, and he uses this particular sensibility to design buildings and become one of the geniuses of our generation.
The difference of the two cultures gave me more freedom for creation, I don't have to follow the rules of interior process, and I create my own rules. I have a total different way of thinking compare to other interior designer, my weakness became my strength.
I like the difference between the two cultures and I will cultivate it even more.
 
Q: How long does it takes you to design a furniture?
A: The idea of design, it takes 1 second. It is like a desire, a willing. It came to you like suddenly.
You can work during days, on sketches… and nothing come out. And suddenly BAM! The right idea, the right thing to design.
The longest part is the prototyping part. You need at least 2-3 months. And 2-3 prototypes to even start to call it a good product.
 
Q: How would you describe your lifestyle and how does it influence your work?
A: I feel free, I live free. And I am fighting for my freedom every day. To be able to design everything I want. Make my own mistakes and successes, discovering the culture, the people, the artists, the countries I want. It’s a reflection of my lifestyle. 
I have a very calm and very intense lifestyle at the same time. Colourful and diverse. Surrounded by different cultures and people.
I feel very lucky.
Life is easy, is hard, is beautiful, is unfair and cruel sometimes, and when you are free in your mind you have to create your own rules.
And this freedom, this diversity that I am looking at, have a major influence in my work and my creations.
Life is your game field. I will see only at the end where my freedom brings me. Maybe with great pieces, maybe with just my happiness.
 
Q: If you could give any advice to a young Chinese Designer, what would it be?
A: I started my life with a quote from a French artist Jean Cocteau that have obsessed me a lot:
"Find First , search after ."
I realized a couple years after the real meaning of this sentence.
Instead of being classical by giving a classic advices like:  be curious, or design every day, every minute (which is important) etc. I want to use this Cocteau quote as advice to young Chinese designer generation.
"Find first and search after."
Search for the eternity is something that each designer have to be able to do.
What I am also very proud of with my Maison Dada, is to be able to work with very talented young designers like Yuue Design studio coming from Bauhaus School in Germany, or Wuuu design. Be able to promote them, to prototype their products, to push them. I feel very honoured to participate. I have a great faith in the new generation.
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
好奇心、多样化和充满灵感——Thomas Dariel是一位21世纪实至名归的设计师。作为Maison DADA和Dariel Studio的创始人及主创灵魂,总是能够给普通的物件创造出意外惊喜。他的风格如同一名俏皮的音乐家充满了刺激性和大胆创新,这也许是得益于他的爵士音乐家祖父, Thomas没有忘记自己的根,他更因融合丰富法国文化遗产和东方文化设计而享誉盛名。他致力于每一个项目的个性化,确保它们独一无二的同时充分地满足客户的需求。在他的作品中,他对颜色的选择和形状的塑造更是增加了许多独特的味道和神秘感。Thomas名副其实地是一个内在充满精神、思想和好奇心的伟大设计师。
 
Q: 我们知道你是一位室内设计师,你现在也已经成为了家具设计师,在这两者之间有什么不同呢?
A: 室内设计师和产品设计师之间有很大的差异。
当你开始一个新项目的感知,思维方式,文化处理方式,起始的心灵过程。我一开始被训练为一个产品设计师。我被训练了6年才能够设计出牙刷、电话、桌子、汽车、火车等等。突然有一天,我开始做房屋和餐馆的室内设计。事实上我很开心能够融合两种文化,并结合我的产品设计师的设计理念去做室内设计。    
我喜欢Thomas Heatherwick当他设计一个建筑物或桥梁的时候。他是一位产品设计师,他用这种特殊的感觉来设计建筑,成为我们这一代的天才之一。
两种文化的差异给予了我更多创造的自由,我不需要按步就班地实行室内设计流程的规则,而创建我自己的规则。我与其他室内设计师有着截然不同的思维方式,将我的弱势变成我的长处。
我喜欢两种文化之间的差异,我会继续开发它们更多未知的可能。
 
Q: 你需要多长时间来设计一件家具?
A: 一个设计的创意想法,只需要1秒。它就像一种渴望,一个愿望。它会突然来到你的脑海中。
你可以花上一整天素描构思......却一无所获。突然有一天,砰!就是这个想法,就是这个设计,就出现了。
最花时间的是原型设计的部分。至少需要2-3个月,做出两到三个原型,才能开始把它称之为是一个好的产品。
 
Q: 你会怎样描述你的生活方式,它又是如何影响你的工作的?
A: 我感受自由,并且自由地生活着。而我每天都为我的自由奋斗着。为了能够设计出我想要的一切。我会犯错误也会取得成功,发现我想要的文化,人物,艺术家和国家。这是我生活方式的写照。
同时我会保持既平静又热情的生活方式,多彩多样,被不同文化和人包围着。
我感到很幸运。
生活是简单的,是艰辛的,是美丽的,有的时候是不公平和残酷的,当你的心中是自由的,你必须创建出自己的规则。
而我所期望的这种自由,这种多样性,在我的工作和我的创作中产生了主要的影响。
生活是你的游乐场。只有到了终点我才会知道我的自由把我引导到了哪里。也许有伟大的作品,也许只有我的快乐。
 
Q: 如果你可以给一个年轻的中国设计师提供一些建议,那会是什么?
A: 我将法国艺术家 Jean Cocteau的一句话作为我生活的座右铭,它影响了我很多:
“先去寻找,再去研究”。
几年后我真正地意识到这句话的真正含义。
我不再传统的给人一些陈旧的建议,比如:保持好奇,或每天每分钟都坚持设计(这很重要)等等。我想用Cocteau的这句话作为对年轻一代的中国设计师的建议。
“先去寻找,再去研究。”
搜索永恒的东西,每个设计师都能够做到。
我也对我的Maison Dada很自豪,能够与非常有才华的年轻设计师一起工作,比如来自德国包豪斯学院的Yuue设计工作室,或Wuuu设计。可以有助于推销他们,他们的原型产品,推动他们。我感到很荣幸能够参与其中。我对新一代有着强大的信念。
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel

Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel

Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel

Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
Thomas Dariel


Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
 
Curiosity, diverse and filled with inspiration-Thomas Dariel has the essence of a true 21st Century designer. The founder and creative mind behind Maison DADA and Dariel Studio creates unexpected from ordinary objects. His style is that of a playful musician filled with provocative and bold notion. Perhaps he got this from his grandfather, who inadvertently was a jazz musician. Thomas has not forgotten his roots, as he is known for blending his rich French heritage with a touch of Eastern culture. He focuses on the individuality of each one of his projects, making sure they are unique and true to the demands of his clients. The color choices and shapes he plays with adds more flavor and mystery to his works. Thomas truly has the inner works, thoughts and curiosity of a great designer.
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
 
Q: As we know you are an interior designer, now you have also become a furniture designer, what’s the difference between two approaches?
A: There are a lot of differences between an interior designer and a product designer.
The perception, the way of thinking, the cultural approaches, the starting mind process when you start a new project. I was trained as a product designer at the beginning. I was trained for 6 years to be able to design brush tooth, phones, tables, car, trains etc. And suddenly in my life I started to design interiors for houses and restaurants. I liked the fact to be able to mix the two cultures and to design an interior design with my set mind of product designers.
I like Thomas Heatherwick when he designs a building or bridge. He is a product designer, and he uses this particular sensibility to design buildings and become one of the geniuses of our generation.
The difference of the two cultures gave me more freedom for creation, I don't have to follow the rules of interior process, and I create my own rules. I have a total different way of thinking compare to other interior designer, my weakness became my strength.
I like the difference between the two cultures and I will cultivate it even more.
 
Q: How long does it takes you to design a furniture?
A: The idea of design, it takes 1 second. It is like a desire, a willing. It came to you like suddenly.
You can work during days, on sketches… and nothing come out. And suddenly BAM! The right idea, the right thing to design.
The longest part is the prototyping part. You need at least 2-3 months. And 2-3 prototypes to even start to call it a good product.
 
Q: How would you describe your lifestyle and how does it influence your work?
A: I feel free, I live free. And I am fighting for my freedom every day. To be able to design everything I want. Make my own mistakes and successes, discovering the culture, the people, the artists, the countries I want. It’s a reflection of my lifestyle. 
I have a very calm and very intense lifestyle at the same time. Colourful and diverse. Surrounded by different cultures and people.
I feel very lucky.
Life is easy, is hard, is beautiful, is unfair and cruel sometimes, and when you are free in your mind you have to create your own rules.
And this freedom, this diversity that I am looking at, have a major influence in my work and my creations.
Life is your game field. I will see only at the end where my freedom brings me. Maybe with great pieces, maybe with just my happiness.
 
Q: If you could give any advice to a young Chinese Designer, what would it be?
A: I started my life with a quote from a French artist Jean Cocteau that have obsessed me a lot:
"Find First , search after ."
I realized a couple years after the real meaning of this sentence.
Instead of being classical by giving a classic advices like:  be curious, or design every day, every minute (which is important) etc. I want to use this Cocteau quote as advice to young Chinese designer generation.
"Find first and search after."
Search for the eternity is something that each designer have to be able to do.
What I am also very proud of with my Maison Dada, is to be able to work with very talented young designers like Yuue Design studio coming from Bauhaus School in Germany, or Wuuu design. Be able to promote them, to prototype their products, to push them. I feel very honoured to participate. I have a great faith in the new generation.
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
好奇心、多样化和充满灵感——Thomas Dariel是一位21世纪实至名归的设计师。作为Maison DADA和Dariel Studio的创始人及主创灵魂,总是能够给普通的物件创造出意外惊喜。他的风格如同一名俏皮的音乐家充满了刺激性和大胆创新,这也许是得益于他的爵士音乐家祖父, Thomas没有忘记自己的根,他更因融合丰富法国文化遗产和东方文化设计而享誉盛名。他致力于每一个项目的个性化,确保它们独一无二的同时充分地满足客户的需求。在他的作品中,他对颜色的选择和形状的塑造更是增加了许多独特的味道和神秘感。Thomas名副其实地是一个内在充满精神、思想和好奇心的伟大设计师。
 
Q: 我们知道你是一位室内设计师,你现在也已经成为了家具设计师,在这两者之间有什么不同呢?
A: 室内设计师和产品设计师之间有很大的差异。
当你开始一个新项目的感知,思维方式,文化处理方式,起始的心灵过程。我一开始被训练为一个产品设计师。我被训练了6年才能够设计出牙刷、电话、桌子、汽车、火车等等。突然有一天,我开始做房屋和餐馆的室内设计。事实上我很开心能够融合两种文化,并结合我的产品设计师的设计理念去做室内设计。    
我喜欢Thomas Heatherwick当他设计一个建筑物或桥梁的时候。他是一位产品设计师,他用这种特殊的感觉来设计建筑,成为我们这一代的天才之一。
两种文化的差异给予了我更多创造的自由,我不需要按步就班地实行室内设计流程的规则,而创建我自己的规则。我与其他室内设计师有着截然不同的思维方式,将我的弱势变成我的长处。
我喜欢两种文化之间的差异,我会继续开发它们更多未知的可能。
 
Q: 你需要多长时间来设计一件家具?
A: 一个设计的创意想法,只需要1秒。它就像一种渴望,一个愿望。它会突然来到你的脑海中。
你可以花上一整天素描构思......却一无所获。突然有一天,砰!就是这个想法,就是这个设计,就出现了。
最花时间的是原型设计的部分。至少需要2-3个月,做出两到三个原型,才能开始把它称之为是一个好的产品。
 
Q: 你会怎样描述你的生活方式,它又是如何影响你的工作的?
A: 我感受自由,并且自由地生活着。而我每天都为我的自由奋斗着。为了能够设计出我想要的一切。我会犯错误也会取得成功,发现我想要的文化,人物,艺术家和国家。这是我生活方式的写照。
同时我会保持既平静又热情的生活方式,多彩多样,被不同文化和人包围着。
我感到很幸运。
生活是简单的,是艰辛的,是美丽的,有的时候是不公平和残酷的,当你的心中是自由的,你必须创建出自己的规则。
而我所期望的这种自由,这种多样性,在我的工作和我的创作中产生了主要的影响。
生活是你的游乐场。只有到了终点我才会知道我的自由把我引导到了哪里。也许有伟大的作品,也许只有我的快乐。
 
Q: 如果你可以给一个年轻的中国设计师提供一些建议,那会是什么?
A: 我将法国艺术家 Jean Cocteau的一句话作为我生活的座右铭,它影响了我很多:
“先去寻找,再去研究”。
几年后我真正地意识到这句话的真正含义。
我不再传统的给人一些陈旧的建议,比如:保持好奇,或每天每分钟都坚持设计(这很重要)等等。我想用Cocteau的这句话作为对年轻一代的中国设计师的建议。
“先去寻找,再去研究。”
搜索永恒的东西,每个设计师都能够做到。
我也对我的Maison Dada很自豪,能够与非常有才华的年轻设计师一起工作,比如来自德国包豪斯学院的Yuue设计工作室,或Wuuu设计。可以有助于推销他们,他们的原型产品,推动他们。我感到很荣幸能够参与其中。我对新一代有着强大的信念。
 
Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel

Photo courtesy of Thomas Dariel
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