Since she presented her lamps within the “Disseny i Innovació a les Illes Balears” program, the young industrial designer Tonia Fuster has not stopped creating particular objects. At the age of 30, she lives and works in Mallorca, developing a powerful work that fuses lines of current and past trends. From Lottusse 1877 we encourage you to let yourself be enlightened by the work of this young creator.
Your work is characterized by light harmony and formal simplicity close to minimalism. Tell us how you propose your designs and how the creative process has evolved.
TF: Over time, I have gone from a more organic style to a more traditional one, going through a more industrial one, in the same way, that we change ourselves over time. But the goal of each piece is always the same: no matter how baroque an initial idea may be, my task as a designer is to seek its conceptual essence and simplify its form to achieve that versatility of the timeless object.
As for light, I always treat it in the same way: the pieces must create a welcoming and balanced light projection, focused on functional and emotional well-being in the space.
“It is important to put love in work because it is for people.
I think it is the most authentic and beautiful part of the world of decoration”.
Tonia Fuster – Designer
We believe in the value of user experience, for Lottusse it is a fundamental part of the creative work. This results in designs like yours focused on a unique client. How do you interpret, from this vision, the return of those who live with your designs?
TF: Designing an object with care and dedication, thinking about functional and emotional needs, has a direct effect on whoever uses it. An effect that is magical and logical at the same time.
My work matters to me and my clients seem to notice it. They feel that each piece is made for each one of them, and in fact, they are. When they choose one of my lamps, they choose them as a representation of a part of their identity, and that is very gratifying. That is why it is important to put love in your work because it is for people. I think it is the most authentic and beautiful part of the world of decoration.
We know that your pieces are the result of the union of artisanal processes with industrial production. How do you inspire yourself to achieve unique elements in such a fast-paced world, where it is consumed at such unbridled speed?
TF: When we make a work or an object, we indirectly expose part of ourselves to the judgment of others. Most are afraid of that, so they choose not to take chances and imitate things that they know already work. Thus, we fill the world with objects without identity, copies of others, which favor the saturation of the offer and also the unbridled consumption by not being able to identify or satisfy ourselves at all.
So I think unique items are made out of bravery. Not being afraid to expose yourself creates those unique designs, as each person in this world is unique. It’s what I try, to be myself and not be afraid.
Anything inspires me, anything makes me think, anything can be a lamp and for me, there are no crazy ideas. The job is to pass them through the filter of each one and know how to materialize them. Nature and objects, especially traditional ones that arise from a very pure functional need, such as an amphora or a tile, are key to the creation of the ISLAS collection, which tries to be a modern representation of the culture of the islands, which as a native, I love and know well.
“Unique objects are made of courage.”
Tonia Fuster – Designer
Your ISLAS collection of handmade lamps is inspired by the land, the sea, and the elements that surround us. As a designer born in the Balearic Islands, tell us how you think the Mediterranean vision influences the world and why it has become so relevant on the international scene.
TF: Social trends or changes are reflected in sectors such as decoration, fashion, art, etc. We need to somehow materialize these new ideas.
The most current Western concerns, such as the preservation of the planet and healthy life, have an identified and excellent spokesperson: the Mediterranean lifestyle. This in turn is represented by objects made by hand, non-polluting, based on sustainable materials, etc. Less consumption, but higher quality.
Hence, the importance of the object itself, which becomes a representative of a society and, at the same time, a key element to carry it out, in a world where industry affects everything.
Her work focuses on offering a quality, durable and sustainable product. From the Balearic landscape to the famous Majorcan design called “tela de llengues”, we discover in Tonia Fuster’s work the necessary convergence between past, present and future. Undoubtedly the necessary force capable of transporting us to the Mediterranean, from anywhere on the planet.