designjunction ✕ Studio Perki
Having almost completed his first full year of business, we catch up with Ben Perkins, Creative Director, Studio Perki as he prepares for his second time exhibiting at designjunction. Find out more about his brand and life as a young designer.
- Studio Perki?
Studio Perki is a small designer maker workspace based in Hornchurch, Essex, Greater London. At Studio Perki, we strive on creating innovative solutions around the smaller spaces as well as the big ones. We try to create user friendly domestic environments that declutter the lives of everyday people.
- What does design mean to you?
Design means that I could have a physical opinion on how human beings with limited space live every day. Design means that sharing our views on style, aesthetic and function could indeed transform our quality of living. Design truly means working with one another for the better of society.
- Where do you work the best?
Overall, I tend to work best in two areas; the office and the workshop. I like to balance my time into both environments as I think that it’s healthy for the brain not to be contemplating in one space all the time.
- What motivates you?
I’m highly motivated by the constant support of my close family and friends. They are the reason I have so far been successful with launching my space saving products. I also think that you have to believe in yourself to a certain degree as there is only so much support they can offer.
- What does Studio Perki bring to the design world that other brands don’t?
At Studio Perki, we bring together a somewhat innovative approach towards the world of design. We aren’t afraid of experimentation nor competition and take pride in challenging the flat pack furniture industry. We want to create a whole new market for high end, flat packed goods.
- What is the biggest challenge facing the design industry?
I feel that one of the biggest challenges facing the design industry today is whether or not we, as a creative community, can keep up with new technologies constantly evolving. As we are continuously learning new techniques, I think that more attention needs to be considered for making design simpler.
- What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt so far in your career?
It’s hard to pin point the most important lesson during my time as a design professional as there are many things which I have importantly learnt. I’d have to say that being consistently active with your projects is crucial; the moment could be gone and finding that spark once more can be difficult.
- What’s the one piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in the industry?
If I was to give one piece of advice to creatives starting out in the industry, it would be to stay curious. When you stop becoming curious and wondering why, that’s when you can potentially lose your creative rhythm.
- What do you wish you’d designed?
As I have almost finished my first year of business, I am completely new to the design industry. There aren’t many things I wished I had designed; only things which I plan to design for the future generation. I want to be remembered for my designs in years to come.
- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t designing, I would be doing something practical, that’s for sure. I have always loved rock climbing from a very young age, so I would most probably be involved with a select group of thrill seekers, as I am one myself.
- What’s your biggest weakness?
As a designer, I think my biggest weakness lies in the concept of creating a perfect vision for those around me. This ideology will never exist and I think as creatives we can only envision so much on a real time scale; as nice as it is to imagine.
- Why designjunction?
I decided to work with designjunction purely based on the reputation of the show itself. It’s currently regarded as one of the biggest events held during the London Design Festival. I am incredibly fortunate to be given such an opportunity.
- Traditional or contemporary?
Contemporary. Yet, traditional has a big part to play in the world of design, we must embrace the future.
- Instagram or Twitter?
Instagram for media exposure, Twitter for social interaction. I choose Instagram!
- Sketchbook or computer?
Computer over sketchbook work for me. Although every idea starts with a sketch; working on technicalities of a design is used from CAD (SolidWorks).
- Form or function?
Function. Every designer can work out form later, but I think that it is the function which really makes the design.
- Early bird or night owl?
I’m a night owl. There’s something about the evening which motivates me to do my best work.
- Favourite design product?
My favourite design product has to be Joe Colombo’s ‘Total Furnishing Unit’, created in 1971.
- Best spot in London?
Best spot in London currently has to be Shoreditch. There’s a real creative buzz around the place. Surrounding areas of Central London are becoming alternative.
- Best place to get away?
Best place to get away would be in Great Yarmouth where I spent many years as a child during the holidays.
- Best restaurant?
Oblix, 32nd Level of The Shard. Spectacular views of London, Amazing food.
- Best hotel?
This is a tricky one. Last year for Milan Design Week, I stayed at Hotel Garden, Porta Romana. Absolutely fantastic customer service.