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We had the great pleasure to have an interview with Roman Plyus where he talked about his journey as a Furniture designer. Roman Plyus stepped into this field of work unexpectedly about 10 years ago when he went to India searching for his destiny. He spent about a year in one of the Sikh monasteries in Delhi and by the end of his trip, his Guru was the one that convinced him to start a career as a designer. An Unconventional way to step into the world of design for sure!
Roman Plyus graduated from the International School of Design with a degree in interior design and since then he has worked as a designer in many fields. He created interiors for residential and public spaces, he was also a CG artist, and now is a full-time furniture designer.
Roman Plyus tells us that during his studies, he was in love with stories about how great designers of the 20th and 21st centuries created their products, where they got their motivation from, what inspired them, etc. Since then he had always dreamed of being part of these stories. It was with this desire to be part of those stories that moved him forward and motivated him to not give up even in the most difficult times.
I have been lucky enough to work on a large number of projects in various fields, ranging from furniture design to interior design. Most of all I like to mix styles and times.
Even though Plyus mainly works as a furniture designer at the moment is portfolio is very diverse. He loves combining classical architecture with modern furniture. All of his favorite projects are related to the creation and production of furniture. He tells us that this is an exciting process, full of various difficulties and unexpected solutions.
You see an object that was only in your imagination yesterday, and now stands in front of you, it takes your breath away, amazing sensations.
When asked about where he finds his source of inspiration, the furniture designer points out that he takes inspiration from everywhere. From the internet to the 60’s TV, passing by his favorite designers from the 20th century: Vladimir Kogan and Pierre Jeanneret.
In my opinion, the world, especially with the advent of the Internet, has turned into a huge buffet with inspiration. I take all of them.
He highlights how these different sources of inspiration have inspired several different furniture collections. For instance, there is a collection inspired by the Ridley Scott movies and the Alien universe, a collection inspired by food which includes a sofa with croissants, there is also an armchair inspired by the characters of the cartoon “SpongeBob”, tables in the shape of snails and so many more…
A project that has had a great impact on the furniture designer was the Buha|i|rest bar in Budapest. This concept bar quickly became very popular on the internet at the end of 2019. Working on this project made Plyus reconsider a lot about himself, whether it was his attitude to design, working on projects or aesthetics.
It’s as if after many years of my wandering in the world of design, I picked up the key to the right door inside myself and realized what kind of design should be made so that it evokes a positive response in the hearts of other people.
To create the perfect piece, the Furniture Designer mentions that he often reproduces the same product with different themes and materials to see the fine line between good and idea.
Starting with the creation of 3D design, the development of technical drawings and the production of prototypes. Somehow we changed the chair covers more than 10 times, finding fault with every little thing.
I am close to the philosophy of emotional design.
Plyus mentions that as a furniture designer, he takes to heart the philosophy of emotional design when objects can carry, in addition to functionality and aesthetics, the emotional charge laid in them by the designer.
He give us the example of the table lamps from the “Hug” collection, which look like a silhouette of a child reaching for a hug. He askes us to imagine coming home after a long and hardworking day, and to meet our nightstand lamp that is not just shining, but looks like it missed us so much that it wants to hug us as soon as possible. It will make us smile. Pluys aims to offer furniture designs that do not only carry functionality and aesthetics abilities, but also increase the level of endorphins in the blood.
The Furniture Designer tends to mix modern and contemporary styles in his designs with a “good sense of humor” as he puts it. He loves when different styles from different eras meet in an interior and furniture design. He also likes modernism and postmodernism in his designs. He points out that his best creations come out in those moments of sadness that leads him into a state of heightened reflection. He then starts looking for answers in himself, something bright, good and, most often, cheerful.
For me, design is like a pill for sadness, it is always waiting for me and helps to heal the soul.
Plyus mentions that most of his clients are familiar with his signature style and want something similar. That’s why he doesn’t find it hard to balance his own personal style with his client’s wishes or needs in a piece of furniture. He simply adapts his furniture developments to meet the taste of the customers.
When asked what were the big challenges that he faced as a furniture designer, Roman Plyus replies it’s moving from ideas to implementation. Making those concepts a reality. He points out that a huge amount of effort, resources and time is spent on this part of the work. A lot of things don’t work out the first time, or even on the third attempt.
In a short amount of time, the furniture designer must find ideas for the implementation of the projects and immediately work them out in practice, cutting off all that is unnecessary. He mentions that it becomes especially scary when one has spent 70% of the time allocated to the project on an idea that turned out to be unrealizable in practice, and now you need to start over from scratch, for the remaining 30% of the time. But he says “It’s very invigorating!”
We asked Plyus if as a furniture designer, he had noticed a change in his client’s desires and requirements for new furniture designs and he says that the pandemic hasn’t changed a thing. However, he highlights that the pandemic has played a big role in his career. During the first quarantine, he found himself out of work. This is what pushed him to start making furniture.
It is in such moments, when the whole life goes not according to plan that you launch a hidden internal resource, directing it in the right direction, you can achieve high results in a certain type of activity.
The furniture designer admitted that one of his biggest career highlights was having his first piece of furniture produced. We asked him what he though of Rug’Society products and he mentions that he likes to use carpets in interiors since they can tie a whole room together or serve as an accent element, especially the rugs from Rug’Society. He even teased that someday he will develop a rug design for the brand.
I still can’t realize that this happened, even though I’ve been doing this for the 2nd year. It’s like it’s all in a dream, like it’s not happening to me. In the near future, we will delight you with new interior items, even more amazing and intriguing, fun and full of love invested in them.
Roman Plyus ends on giving some piece of advice to future designers by telling them to love their work and give all their have for their passion. Soon or later the seeds will bare large and ripe fruits.
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