London based designer Bodo Sperlein is renowned within the field of luxury goods design, specialising in home accessories such as lighting, furniture, table / giftware and jewellery. In addition to developing his own collections, Sperlein also acts as a design consultant, undertaking projects for global clients as diverse as Swarovski, Dibbern, and Du Pont. Notable projects include the recent Re-Cyclos Magical collection for Lladrů, and perfume bottles for Agent Provocateur.
Bodoís design philosophy is one of challenging perceptions through contrast. Traditional materials and skills are revitalized through contemporary design; so called 'old fashioned' high quality materials like pewter, glass, wood and bone china meet innovative materials such as Corian. He loves to use high-quality materials to make luxury products that will have longevity through their contemporary classic appeal.
His unique biomorphic style led to several collaborations with international Michelin-starred restaurants such as Hakkasan, Charlie Trotter, The Square and Nahm, creating couture fine china tabletop ranges that stylishly enhance the dining experience.
Concerned with the detrimental effects that dispensable, mass-produced items have on both design culture and the environment, Bodoís interest in luxury and collectable items ensures that ideas and functional items are available to future generations.
5 minutes with Bodo Sperlein
If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be.....busy designing collections and coming up with creative concepts.
The most surprising thing that happened to me was..... to realize that Iím creative and people are interested in my designs.
A common misconception of me is..... that the products I design are super expensive. I design for a lot of different companies with a big variety of price points which should fit most peoplesí purses.
I am not a politician but..... I realize that the current government in the UK is not working.
I wish people would take more notice of..... how important good food is. More and more industrially produced food has been taking over here, and artisan food producers are going out of business.
I'm good at..... cooking
I'm very bad at.....gardening
The ideal night out is..... dinner with my friends
In moments of weakness...... I eat chocolate
You know me as a furniture designer but in truer life I'd have been a..... Historian
The best age to be is..... not your real age but how old you feel.
In your earlier years, how did you decide that you eventually wanted to become a designer? It must have been the pottery classes I did at school.
What did your classmates think in school when they saw your designs and original creations? At university my classmates were very supportive and liked what they saw. I was also the student representative so I worked hard to get the best opportunities for us.
After the artistic touches that you added to your everyday life did it then strike you that you wanted to be involved in the world of design?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Yes -design makes people happy and I really wanted to give enjoyment to people.
Who is your inspiration? Living in London. It is one of the most exciting and versatile cities - a melting pot of cultures. Living here gives me a lot of inspiration.
When you create something, what goes through your mind? I think a lot about the clients who commission me and the marriage between my style and their needs.
Does the preparation of a season's collection take time? Depending on the size of the collection it could be from a minimum of 1-2 months to 12 months for big concept collections with the sampling, and prototyping stages, development, art work and promotional activities.
What do you have to say to the next generation, particularly for those hoping to follow in your footsteps? Try to find your niche, be individual create a signature style without losing touch with reality. Try to marry being commercial with innovation. Do a business course on top of your design degree, because companies like to work with designers who have a commercial head.
In a nutshell, my philosophy is this: Enjoy life you only live once. Eat great food, drink good wines and live a healthy life style.