Milia Seyppel runs her own studio out of Hamburg, Germany, producing fluid, elegant lamps, vases and bowls that combine industrial forms and handmade character.
Since graduating, Seyppel has been busy: she was the 2011 Time To Design Award winner, worked for the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg, and designed under Denis Santachiara in Milan, Joris Laarman in Rotterdam and Christian Werner in Hamburg.
In addition to her own studio, she also runs Frenchknicker with fellow designer Laura Straßer. We caught up with her from Hamburg.
What was your first project?
My first project was to design and build a chair in one week.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I am inspired by different things: airports, construction zones and industrial complexes. Travelling, engaging with other cultures, landscapes, people, more broadly experiencing other living conditions as I am interested in what will be there and what has been there... I collect images of all sorts of things. Of course, I regularly visit design events, fairs, exhibitions and enjoy other artistic forms, music and youth culture.
What’s your design process?
I always start my design process with drawings, sometimes very abstract. I draw and build models, I think things over and over again. When I'm sure of something, then I draw it in 3D and produce technical drawings. I usually talk with other designers and craftsmen about it, and finalize the project. Depending on the project, I might build a 1:1 prototype.
What are you planning to work on next?
Right now I am working on graphics, patterns, as well as candleholders and a chair.
City of Residence Hamburg
Education I have a diploma in design from Bauhaus University, Weimar
Motto Living is loving
Favourite quote Living is loving (myself)
Best advice received Cheap tools are the most expensive
Best tip for designers Hang on to it
Three things every designer needs A pen, an open mind and a sense for the good things
Newest addition to your studio Will be a big shelf!
First design that inspired you Sputnik