JENNI INCIARTE VILLAVERDE
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Jenni Inciarte Villaverde is an Interior Architect and a Designer based in Helsinki, Finland.
She is finalizing her Master's studies at Aalto University. She focuses on furniture design and always be interested in the interaction between people and the environment. In her design processes, it can be seen by her interests in phenomena, materials, and human behavior. Well-being and health are playing an important role in her design.
ON WHAT DREW HER TO DESIGN
I learned in my childhood home that you should never stop questioning and that everything can be fixed, modified, or developed further. I lived in a home where craftsmanship and art had a great value as well as science and scientific research. My previous work in the field of healthcare has taught me a lot. I noticed that I have an endless curiosity and good problem-solving skills. After having children, it was quite natural to start thinking of my career choices. I’m thankful for my husband who encouraged and supported me when I was starting my new career in the field of Design and Art.
HER VIEW ON SUSTAINABILITY
For me, sustainability means common sense. Instead of following every trend, I try to create objects that have a deeper value and timeless esthetics. Working and living in a sustainable way, is our duty, not an alternative choice. Designing is creating a future and by that, we have a great responsibility. We should have and share all the existing knowledge of sustainable manners, keep questioning and looking now solutions and when needed be prepared to change our way of working.
HOW DESIGNERS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO MAKE A BETTER TOMORROW
By keeping the level of my own work high and sharing the information that I have with colleagues and other parties, I will be part of the positive impact that will influence further. Quoting Schindler´s List ”Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire”
ON GOOD DESIGN
Design needs to be carefully thought, well justified and it should always have a meaning. My core values are health and well-being. The simple beauty, materials and materiality, authenticity, and even purism plays an important role in my design. For me, good design is made for all senses made with the best knowledge and skills, and in the end, it should give a pure conscience for both, the designer and the user.
NEW MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES
I think that it’s pointless to repair what isn’t broken. Nevertheless, I do believe that there is a lot that we can do to improve our design. I don’t want to compromise if something could be done better or
in a more suitable way. I’m always willing to learn more and I do appreciate the outcome of other people's investigations, so for me, it is quite natural to work with new technologies and materials.
THE FUTURE OF DESIGN INDUSTRY
I think that the future of design is a never-ending story. As long as there are people, there will be questions and those who are finding solutions.