Salvador is a multi skilled designer and his company Brunswick based Entity Workshop. I was inspired to interview him after he helped me source some materials for a project I was working on. Here is what he had to say about sustainability coming first in his design practice. I think you will agree that both is work and ethos are brilliant.
Images courtesy of entity workshop instagram @entityworkshop.
What would we surprised to know about you that your website doesn’t tell us?
"Artists and comedians I admire are the thinking foundations of my creativity and philosophies.
I have previously worked as a reptile and fish keeper. The shapes, colours and behaviours of these creatures are heavily drawn upon in my designs.
I use music as a tool to access my sub conscious, I found this was one of the most effective ways to come up with original ideas."
Please tell us in your own words what makes your process sustainable maybe give an example of a recent product triumph?
"The timber I use is recycled. A good example would be a beautiful piece of mahogany I found as a broken guitar neck. I love to salvage these precious pieces and turn them into something beautiful for someone to wear and talk about. My customers are purchasing a piece with a story. Style sustainably."
We know no one is perfect…so do you have a dirty little unsustainable secret?
"In short, No. I do everything I can to make sure the materials, adhesives and finishes are the most eco friendly they can be. There is very little wastage and most of the manufacturing is done with hand tools, It's the beauty of working small!"
Can you tell us about a brand that you admire and why?
"Sure, the first that comes to mind is the Australian natural soap company, it's run by a couple in Melbourne that strive to make a great product using organic, vegan and above all sustainable ingredients.”
Thanks Salvador. What an inspiring designer you are.
I believe that design can serve an important and valuable role in society. There is always more than one way to do something. Every time you choose to make a product more sustainable, thought provoking or simply invaluable to a person you are putting good out into the world. Here are 3 companies I have a major design crush on.
au.whogivesacrap.org - They make toilet paper, provide aid and pay themselves a good wage. Right on guys. Everybody wins.
www.projecthdesign.org - "Making positive, long-lasting change in lives and communities".
The way I see it Project H understand the community and use available resources and design to make the place better. Simple and elegant. Plus I have a massive girl crush on Emily Poulton. Watch her Ted Talk "Teaching design for change" here.
www.zaishu.com - Zaishu stools are the bomb! They took a collaboration project and turned it into a viable product.
Working with everyone from street artists in Berlin to kids in Fiji this company practices what they preach and get to have a lot of fun doing it from the looks of it.