The ordinary made extraordinary
Magazine Contact #15
Your design company is called „LUCY.D“. How come?
Karin: On the one hand, the term alludes to “lucid” which means bright, clear, open. On the other hand, “Lucy” is a female name, and “D” also stands for design. We wanted to create something positive reflecting our character, as well as some kind of own label. Therefore LUCY.D.
What is your credo, your philosophy?
Barbara: Our design is meant to emotionalize. We’d like to develop ordinary objects of everyday use that are extraordinary, that have a twist, that surprise and have some added value. Like the tea spoon “Tèo”, for example.
The one you designed for Alessi?
Karin: Initially, we developed “Tèo” in 2007 for a German manufacture. But because of the economic crisis it never got produced and ended up in the drawer. In 2010 we sent it to Alessi who wanted to produce it immediately. With “Tèo”, you can lift the teabag out of the cup, press it out by pulling it through the spoon handle and then put it down without spilling any tea.
So, a happy coincidence?
Barbara: It seems to be rather typical. The right product has to get to the right people at the right time. This was also the case with the hand blown drinking bowl “Liquid Skin”, a design project of the the University of Applied Arts. For two years, I fine-tuned it together with Peter Rath from ‘Lobmeyr Glas’. He was so enthused by the finished product that he took it everywhere to showcase it. That’s how it ended up at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
What’s the idea behind “Liquid Skin”?
Barbara: It is an elementary human gesture to scoop water with both hands from a brook or a well. The glass is very thin, fragile, emphasizing by its form the sensuous aspect of drinking. “Liquid Skin” is also exhibited in many other museums and is therefore a wonderful reference project for us.
Karin: We had met Markus Wiesner at several events. One day he invited us to design for Wiesner-Hager.
What was the challenge with the pulse conference table?
Barbara: To us, this was a completely new direction and subject. Which is mostly the case at the beginning of a new project (laughs).
Karin: But that’s the good thing: with a fresh and unjaded mind, we start groping about until we find a clue, feel a trend. We rummage and investigate, from company history to cultural and traditional episodes, to finally break them and invent something new.
Meanwhile there is also a pulse conference chair. What’s the basis of these two products?
Barbara: They are both pieces of cross-over furniture. The trend is clearly towards merging the living room and the office. Therefore we tried to transfer the private into everyday office life, into the conference.
Karin: The chair, for example, offers a large seating surface, everybody can find his own feel-good position - which is a clear advantage during longer conferences.
What have you got planned next?
Karin: At the moment we are working on advancing the Viennese coffee house culture. And a DIY product in the field of illumination for the Vienna Design Week. Barbara: But what exactly this is to become we don’t know (laughs).