"Every time, I try to develop a product that tells a story with a touch of humor." Thomas Kral
He is one of the young creators from the East who is emerging on the international scene. After a remarkable creation for Christofle, he continues his work around glass and ceramics. Interview…
You went through the Écal (Cantonal School of Art of Lausanne, Ed). Why is this the platform of the new generation of European designers?
Tomas Kral: Yes, I finished my studies at l'Ecal and I went from "the other side": I teach in the department of Master of Product Design. The success of Écal is due to its controlled ambition, which keeps its feet on the ground. A well-balanced mix of personal projects and collaborations with clients allows students to experience all aspects of project development until it is commercialized.
You were born in Slovakia, a country with powerful know-how in glassmaking. How did you translate this heritage?
Tomas Kral:Without the past, we can not do the present. I think it is necessary to reinterpret the past, to evolve the know-how of our great-grandfathers so that it does not fall into oblivion. I mainly try to use their traditional techniques and infuse the contemporary spirit by mixing them, for example, with more industrial processes.
What do the traditions of the Great East inspire you?
Tomas Kral:For each project, it's a little different. Sometimes it is the material, other times, the traditional know-how or the history of the manufacture. For Christofle, it was the reflective material to which I linked the idea of a dynamic object. As far as Eastern History is concerned, I especially like to explore the work of artisans who still work a lot in the hand, which gives the objects a different look and feel.
What is the place of humor in your work?
Each time, I try to develop a product that tells a story with a touch of humor. The market is almost saturated with products. Certainly, the consumer has an extraordinary choice, but difficult to do. I think today we buy objects not only because they go well with our interior, but also because they tell a story that we can relate to. The objects must be more singular, more personal.
What are your projects ?
Tomas Kral: I have some projects in the making with the young French publishing houses, as well as with an art gallery. I also continue my adventure with PCM, a young Spanish publishing house with which I am preparing new editions for 2013.
Tomas Kral, Aloys-Fauquez Road, 128 bis, 1018 Lausanne, Switzerland. tomaskral.ch