We, as the Designer Interviews ("DI") had the distinct pleasure and opportunity to interview award-winning, most creative and innovative Alexandre Caldas ("AC").

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Designer Profile of Alexandre Caldas

I`m Alexandre Caldas and i`m relevant like everyone else. Regard the importance , it`s better than being famous. To be important is to stay inside people, not by imposition but because they care about us or our work. As for everything else, I do what I love and leave the evaluation for people in general, I don`t think that is wise the self evaluation.

Alexandre Caldas Designs

We are pleased to share with you original and innovative design work by Alexandre Caldas.


PORTUGUESE ROOTS  CHAIR

Alexandre Caldas Design - PORTUGUESE ROOTS CHAIR


Portuguese Roots Lounge Chair

Alexandre Caldas Design - Portuguese Roots Lounge Chair

Designer Interview of Alexandre Caldas:

DI: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?

AC : To be honest, since I was a kid I lived amoung work shops and raw materials and probably because of that I always thought a Designer without knowing it. When you spend most of your time amoung materials without phones, ipads, computers, etc (1970s / 80s), we end up spending most of the time figuring out what to do, practicing the cult of leisure, finding out how to make real what we just imagined

DI: What is "design" for you?

AC : I think we already have a lot of definitions about Design . In some ways it appears well defined and in others very with abstract. For me it means freedom , specialy from dogmas and it can be sparked in many diferent ways . If It helps people and they like it , I`m good with that !

DI: What kinds of works do you like designing most?

AC : Furniture

DI: What was the first thing you designed for a company?

AC : It was a sk8board ... and it was for me .

DI: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?

AC : wood !

DI: When do you feel the most creative?

AC : amoung materials ... if it`s furniture , i love to work with separate parts , components and play with them .

DI: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?

AC : aesthetics and functionality

DI: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?

AC : freedom .

DI: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?

AC : Joy.

DI: What makes a design successful?

AC : again , If It helps people and they like it ... i think it will have a great chance to be a winner

DI: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?

AC : if it has any meaning or if it`s insignificant. I Always remember the Citrus-squeezer , it might not work weel for the porpouse it was designed , but is beautifull and starts a good conversation about design ... so it has a meanig . I think it`s great .

DI: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?

AC : Giant , we are one of the front line in this issue , because we have the power to choose materials and solutions and raise awareness in consumers, customers and partners to make the shift in this current paradigm . we need good engineers and conscious designers.

DI: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?

AC : have to be responsible and it will be always a story telling ... with happy ending .