Meet The Maker: other kingdom
Hello Tino, tell us a bit about your brand and where you are based?
We are other kingdom, a furniture brand based between Bangalore, London and New York.
What's your pelican story – what inspired you to start out in product design?
The three of us (Avantika Agarwal, Jess Fügler and myself, Tino Seubert) studied product design together at the RCA in London. We had different reasons to become designers, but what inspired all three of us were the skills of Indian craftsmen when visiting in 2015, which eventually inspired us to establish other kingdom.
As a maker/designer, do you have any questions you ask yourself before making a new piece or launching a new line?
“Is this product worth existing?”
We actually keep asking that, even when the product is finished and sold. What we specifically don’t want to do is put even more clutter into this world.
Which direction do you see yourself going in the future?
We will organically follow the path that we’ve been walking so far. Finding new, exciting craftsmen around the world to develop contemporary, sustainable products with them.
What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design?
A long thinking process before producing, lots of prototyping and a close working relationships with the manufacturers. I think in a few years 3D printing and the technologies surrounding it will have a big impact on the objects around us and what they look like. It feels like we’re only slowly understanding what we can actually do with it and that is really exciting.
Who inspires you creatively outside of homewares and design?
I think for us it is mostly architecture and, above all, the skilled craftsmen that we work with.
If you weren't makers/ designers, what would you be doing?
I can’t answer this question for all three founders, but only for me personally (Tino), I would probably have done something with numbers – physics, mathematics or economics. I do sometimes regret not working in air or space engineering!
Favourite cities, places or people for inspiration?
We just went to Chandigarh after one our founders (Avantika) got married in India. So inspiring and totally underrated!
Can’t live without…
Travelling. Despite being product designers, we all lead rather ascetic lives without too much stuff around us. I don’t think there is anything physical I couldn’t live without, but travelling and discovering different places in the world definitely is a necessity for us.
Should live without…
Plastic bags. They summarise very well what’s wrong with our way of consumption.
Any final thoughts on trends coming through for the end of 2019, or any colours, tones, patterns, materials standing out for you right now?
We don’t really believe too much in trends in the furniture design world, as products should have a longer life than just a few seasons. In terms of I colours I would predict reds and purples. Anything but pink or salmon ; )
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