Anyone in Dubai this week can’t miss the city’s most happening event, Dubai Design Week. Showcasing the region’s most incredible talent, the Fourth edition of the annual Dubai Design Week brings together some incredible installations, exhibitions, performances, workshops & experience, all celebrating the growing & vibrant creative community in Dubai & its incredible design talent.
Inspired by the incredible talent on display at Dubai Design Week (and a part of the Global Grad Show), we sat down with emerging designer Lisa Stolz of MOWO; a furniture concept inspired to create movement. A Central Saint Martins graduate, Lisa has created a collection of furniture pieces that use the sustainable birch plywood. With a bespoke feel & innate innovative attributes, these pieces aspire to create movement whilst sitting; through the form of structures that adapt to the individual’s weight and stools that enable twisting and turning. Intrigued by Lisa’s incredible concept, we sat down with the designer to discuss her journey, the impact of social media and Dubai Design Week 2018.
The MOWO Journey
Lisa: Initially trained as an architect I was working on some interior projects with friends when I first started designing furniture. I enjoyed it so much, that I decided to apply for a Masters in London, where I, in two years, created the current collection. It was a long pathway, with a lot of trials and errors, but I guess that’s what made it so interesing. To end up with a final product after having explored a wide range of alternatives confirms the value and strength of your work. For me, to see and try the final prototypes, was the most rewarding moment.
A Usual Day in Lisa’s Life
Lisa: At the moment my days vary a lot. While working part-time in a small kitchen design studio, the rest of the time I try to organise my own business or work on furniture projects together with two friends from University. I very much enjoy working with other creatives as it is the exchange of ideas that keeps me excited and motivated.
The Impact of Social Media
Lisa: Social Media is a very good tool to communicate one’s ideas and products, especially for young professionals like me. Platforms like Instagram and Facebook allowed me to gain exposure and to awake initial interest of important contacts in the art and design scene. However, the actual opportunities mostly arose from a personal conversation, which is still the strongest tool to foster relationships.
The Global Grad Show 2018
Lisa: The MOWO collection consists of sprung seatings made out of plywood. There is a family of stools, fun objects for everyday use from desk work till dining, that allow tilting and twisting movements. ‘Aera’ forms a second aspect of the collection, presenting a woven plywood structure, adaptable to the body’s weight and shape by allowing smaller deformations within its volume. The unexpected flexible and sprung reaction of the plywood seats supports the user’s natural balance and fulfils the body’s need for movement.
Lisa’s Dubai Design Week 2018
Lisa: I’m mostly looking forward to learning about the aesthetic and design approach of the Arabic world, to speak to other designers, understand their inspirations and goals and maybe make new friends. On the other side, I also hope to find sometime to visit the vibrant city with its world-famous skyscrapers or escape to the desert for a day.
The Insider Tip for Aspiring Designers
Lisa: Together we are stronger. If I’ve learned something in the past two years it’s that it’s way easier, more efficient and especially more fun to work together with others. A combination of experience and knowledge can create something much more powerful and beautiful then a single mind can imagine.
Follow Lisa Stolz: @lisastolzdesign