Carlos Bobonis Colorado | Joint Coat Rack, 2012 | Pine wood, ash wood, steel, brass plated steel, ABS plastic
Carlos Bobonis Colorado
Carlos Bobonis Colorado

Carlos Bobonis Colorado

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1979; lives and works in New York, USA

My approach toward design has always been a process of discovery—trying to understand the complexities of a new object, while executing a balance between function, looks, and feel. Each product that I make presents different challenges conditioned by the scope of the project, its materials, and the method of fabrication. Much about my design approach is the elimination of unnecessary details, creating simple forms that strike elegance and simplicity. Computer-aided design (CAD) and digital fabrication have been important tools in the development of my designs, helping me to quickly visualize ideas while creating precise models for testing and improvement. But while technology has been a fundamental tool for productivity, I find it incredibly valuable to establish new relationships with skilled craftsmen. Their material knowledge and fabrication skills are a great source of creativity that helps me deliver a better and more refined product. I carefully follow global design trends, constantly seeking new and interesting ideas, but always looking to find inspiration in the culture of my native Puerto Rico. The people, the food, the environment, the architecture, the music and the products that are commonly used, all highly influence my view on design. I look for the defining characteristics in the objects that we use in the Caribbean, in order to understand the practical and cultural values they carry. These observations shape the products that I create. So while I continue to design new objects, they are sure to be “stained by the plantain.”

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