Mowat finds inspiration in the details: 'forms, textures, patterns, seams and colours.’

Montreal-based designer Zoë Mowat combines surprising materials such as felt, wood and plastic with splashes of colour.

What was your first project?
My first furniture project was the Soft Table – a green table with a stacked
soft felt surface. With this project I discovered my fondness for using colour.

Where does your inspiration come from?
The details – forms, textures, patterns, seams and colours – I encounter in
my daily life.

What’s your design process?
My design process involves a lot of full-scale drawings and cardboard sketch
models. I often tack these on the wall or leave them around my home for a
few days so I can live with the design and contemplate or modify its size,
colours and proportions.

What are you planning to work on next?
Next I’ll be working on a series of wooden and ceramic vessels and bowls
with expressive colour palettes.

City of Residence Montreal, Canada
Age 26
Education Industrial design and graphic design at the University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada
Motto Any or all of Dieter Rams’ 10 Commandments. Most frequently it’s #6,
‘Good design is honest.’
Favourite quote The details are not the details. They make the design. – Charles Eames
Best advice received Invest in yourself – my mom
Best tip for designers Follow your instincts, not trends
Three things every designer needs Ideas – and the passion and the means to express them
Newest addition to your studio A full set of ‘color-aid’ color swatches
First design that inspired you Mies Van Der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion. When I was younger I remember pouring over a book about the pavilion that included everything from the original architectural sketches and drawings to the design and construction of the Barcelona chair. It was the first time I really recognized a clear design vision.

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