I had the chance to get to know Angela Willemsen, a young object designer based in Rotterdam. The way Angela is using her objects to create dynamic interest in often static room has inspired me right from the start! I love her work SEGMENTS, and I’m very excited to have the chance to ask her some question about her design process, her understanding of space and her work.
Hallo Angela, thanks for taking the time to tell me a little bit more about yourself and your work
Let’s start with a quick introduction
Sure, Hi, my name is Angela Willemsen and I’m a Rotterdam based object designer. I’ve been working as an independent designer for almost two years now. With every project I strive to design a new way of escaping the standard and static interior.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I’m inspired by the dynamics of ever-growing urban areas. So living in the city center of Rotterdam fits me perfectly! I use elements such as the incidence of light, perspectives, and weathering as an inspiration for new and dynamic interior concepts.
Which role does the space surrounding you play for you as a designer?
I feel like spaces are in their essence all the same and interiors are often quite static. The existing options to break through this standardized formula are limited, I strive to design new ways of escaping this. My projects vary from small interior objects to larger spatial concepts but since the space itself is the core of this standardized formula it often results in space-related projects.
How did you come up with the idea behind segments?
I was inspired by something that’s actually always there, the shadows on the streets. Shadows from lampposts, trees, buildings etc. I was really intrigued by their graphical beauty and the fact that they’re never the same. Something so simple, yet so dynamic, I wanted to be able to incorporate this in an interior. SEGMENTS became a series of decorative wall objects. By creating shadows they add a dynamic element to the often static interior. The wall objects interact with the existing natural- and artificial light by partially blocking it, forming a shadow that in a sense completes the shape of the object. Every moment of the day the objects will show a unique silhouette on the wall.
What do you enjoy most while designing and creating?
I really enjoy coming up with a new idea, by accidentally stumbling upon something that inspires me. But one of the most important and exciting moments to me is when you show your work to the world and people really seem to appreciate it. Whether this is through a purchase or by simply telling you, that’s when it all comes together. It takes a long time to develop a new project and ultimately, that appreciation, that’s where you’re doing it for.
If you could put segments into any space in the world, which space would you put them in and why?
I don’t really have a particular space in mind… but I’d really like to do an installation on a bigger scale, like a big entrance to a modern office, a hotel lobby or a restaurant!
Design object or sculptural artwork, what would you like segments to be viewed as?
I think it’s more like a combination, it doesn’t really fit in one of the two boxes but a bit in both. When developing a new project I’m not focussed on whether it will be design or art. For me, it’s important to use my inspiration as a guide to a fitting form, function, and material. The end results are rarely purely functional, which makes it hard to fit in with the complete ‘idea’ of design. But since I don’t do the production myself, I also don’t think it’s art. I’d like to think my work is boundless between product design, interior architecture, and art.
What are you going to focus on next?
Well, I’ve been working on a new project for some time now, I really want to focus on the development of that project and hopefully launch it at the end of this year or next year. It’s also my goal to present my work internationally next year so that’s also something I’m focussing on!
Well, we are definitely excited to see what you are going to create next! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us and answer our questions. We wish you all the best with SEGMENTS and your beautiful designs!
All the beautiful Photos are taken by Manon van Wezenbeek