Spanish designer Tomás Alonso talks about his background, his work and his inspirations.
Tomás Alonso has been living, studying and working in the USA, Italy and Australia before coming to London to complete a MA at the Royal Collage of Art. His choice to move into product and furniture design via his understanding of the automotive industry resulted in an intelligent approach that uses simplicity of forms to communicate ideas and functions, that translates into his own line of elegant, linear and poetic objects finding his own dimension in the field of the “authorial” design.
He describes his approach to design like this:
"There is a strong human influence in my work. I’m particularly
interested in the relationship we have with objects and how these
objects relate to us and other things that surround us.
I enjoy experimenting with different materials and making the
most of their properties. Materiality is a very important part of my
work and is evident in the Stamp cutlery project.
I’d like my designs to appear simple, natural and almost obvious,
but with a quirkiness. I think there is an underlined sense of
functionality and romanticism that runs through all my work.
I try to arrive to the simplest element that then can be combined
into more complex structures, to provide users with the building
blocks to create their own environments.
For me it’s important that what I design makes its way into people’s
hands and people’s homes.
I would like my objects to be used, lived with and enjoyed."