Here we ask designers to take a selfie and give us a glimpse into their lives.
Occupation: Artist, creative director, designer.
instagram: @_jobeburns and @orb____
Hometown: Walsall, Birmingham, UK.
Studio location: East London.
Describe what you make: I mainly make sculptures. Abstract, spatial, habitable and usable sculptures. Everything has a spirit and a character.
The most important thing you’ve designed so far: Nike x Hackney Half Marathon in 2019. It was a complete race kit, finishing medals, an ergonomic stretching area suitable for all ages and the start/finish gate. This was a fairly large project which, in total, was to serve about 25,000 people. A big change from creating small-scale objects, it allows your imagination to be stretched beyond its current limit.
Describe the problem your work solves: Anything that is convenient or enhances our experience. Basically, providing continuous solutions to multiple problems. At the beginning of each project, collection or series, I always ask myself: “how can we communicate and improve the experience we have with this?” Materials, shape, texture, tone, rendering; all design systems at the service of humans!
Describe the project you are currently working on: A design company called ORBE. It is a living idea of making furniture, objects, household items and textile products for daily use. Basically meeting the needs of anyone moving in or around town.
A new or upcoming project we should know about: I designed and developed (still in development) a residency for a musician. It is a large scale redevelopment and expansion of a 17th century farmhouse. We’re two years away, hoping to be wrapped up by the end of 2022, but you know how those timelines play out!
What you absolutely must have in your studio: No pessimism, curiosity, coffee, wall space and music.
What you do when you’re not working: It’s a difficult question to answer because I don’t see it as a job, I live my life as an adventure that refers to my production. I like to brainstorm ideas with friends over dinner, work out in the morning, and spend most of my time in the studio. I just came back from Madrid and New York which were work centric but amazing! I love sports, both winter and summer, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to ski/snowboard for a few years.
Sources of creative desire: Jacques Fresco, Steve Jobs, Virgil AblohCarlo Scarpa, Tyler, KanyeJames Turrell, Carlo Bugatti, Richard Serra, André 3000.
The distraction you want to eliminate: Fake news.
Concrete or marble? Concrete house with red marble sink!
High-rise building or townhouse? Townhouses in London.
Remember or forget? Remember the good, forget the bad…
Aliens or ghosts? Aliens all day!
Dark or light? Soft light.