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Stories from the Middle East Region

INTERVIEW WITH HOUSE OF TODAY DESIGNER KAMAL AOUN

Kamal Aoun Lebanese product designer

Who or what are your influences?

Good authentic people. When you work with them, they give you all the motivation you need to enjoy your work, and more.

What inspires you?

Simplicity, honesty, and passion. These are the characteristics I seek in collaborations and in the manufacturing processes. They are easily reflected in the products created.

Tell us a bit about your production process.

There's no defined process. It's mainly a combination of motives and objectives that help define the product: to learn something new, to have fun, to laugh and play, to meet and collaborate with new people, to make a small difference in someone's day.

How long have you been in business? When did you start?

I still haven't started yet -I am a very poor business person.

Why did you decide to become a designer?

There must have been many reasons but I can't remember one.

Describe a typical day in the studio.

The only typical thing is the coffee I have (Turkish with cardamom).

Where did you study? Train? Work?

I studied at ALBA - Beirut [Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts]. I trained mainly at home, working with my parents. My mother is a dressmaker and my father is a carpenter. I used to help them in their work. Now they help me!  Working at numerous design studios, and through my own work, I’ve been able to collaborate with amazing local craftsmen and industries.

What are you working on now and what are your ideas / plans?

I am working on diverse collaborations to produce simple everyday things. There is no defined plan except keeping the passion running.

How would you describe your work in three adjectives?

Simple, honest, and passionate.