About

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I am a product designer living and working in Portland, Oregon. I graduated from Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg, France and I am the former assistant of Studio Sebastian Herkner in Offenbach, Germany. 

In 2018 I graduated from Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg, France obtaining the Higher National Diploma of Visual Expression, Design field/ Diplôme national supérieur d’expression plastique option Design. In 2016 I graduate with honors and finished the first cycle at HEAR obtaining a National Diploma in Art and Design.

Before this I obtained a bachelor degree in Communication Studies from the West University of Timisoara back in my home country, Romania. 

From a personal point of view, I grew up in a family of craftsmen: My grandfather was a wood-turner artist and my father and his father were carpenters; they were always making furniture or designing new and interesting daily life objects that fascinated me. My grandmother was also a creative person; she worked in a knit-wear field. I used to spend all my summers creating wood objects in their workshops to play with, so hand craftsmanship is a valuable thing to me.

The passion and love that I put into all my projects comes from the family examples that I had, but I also feel happy for all the opportunities I had. I learned what it means to be a good designer and an artist from very passionate people like the designer Sebastian Herkner, or my professors Pierre Doze and Nathalia Moutinho. 

From September 2016 to March 2017 I was a design assistant intern at Studio Sebastian Herkner in Frankfurt, Germany. I was part of a small team working on big projects. As an assistant designer of Sebastian Herkner, I worked for companies as: Pulpo products, Dedon, ex-t, Kundalini lightning, Lobmeyr, Wallpaper Handmade 2017 , Nya Nordiska, Verreum, Lamy or Schönbuch.

Even though I like to focus my work on creating objects for our living and preserve our traditions, I am also interested in natural science and technology; how it can improve our daily life and still, to be part of this natural system without destroying it. It gives me happiness to try out different techniques and work with various materials everyday. 

In my daily work, I usually get inspired by nature, by the environment that surrounds me: a human environment, a build environment, a natural environment.  With the impressive evolution of technology, I consider it is important to design objects that preserve the connection with our environment. It is important to learn to look at what surrounds us, at nature, at our environment, because this is where we come from, here is where we must live, and perhaps by looking at it and perhaps by doing less or act differently, we can live in a more harmonious way.

Professional experience

March 2017 – Present – Freelance designer 

September 2016 – March 2017  Design assistant intern at  Studio Sebastian Herkner in Frankfurt, Germany .

May – July 2015 Design internship -Signage Design for SaxOpen, 17th World Saxophone Congress and Festival in Strasbourg, France

 

Education

2016- 2018 M.A.  Design – Haute Ecole des arts du Rhin Strasbourg, France –Diplome national superieur d’expression plastique option Design

2013– 2016 B.A. Design – Haute Ecole des arts du Rhin Strasbourg, France, graduating with honors-  Diplome National d’Arts Plastiques option Design

2012– 2013 Industrial Design -National University of Arts Bucharest, Romania; Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design, Design department

2005- 2009 B.A. Communication studies– West University of Timisoara, Romania; Faculty of Philosophy and Communication Sciences

Exhibitions

Manger équilibré   Novembre 2017 –  “Assiettes contre la faim”, organized by the HEAR and the humanitarian organization Action against hunger, was an auction and an artistic event. Strasbourg, France.

Tableland    April 2017 – presented in one of the exhibition areas within the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.

Lucia  December 2015- January 2016 Noel aux chandelles Exhibition at Alsatian Museum in Strasbourg, France.

Reflection lights April 2015 Exhibition Motifs/Motifs HEAR Strasbourg, France.

Ensemble c’est tout December 2014- January 2015 Delice de l’hiver Exhibition -Alsatian Museum in Strasbourg, France.

Imagine your Landscape – December 2013- January 2014 Redesign la Couronne de L’Avent Exhibition at Alsatian Museum in Strasbourg, France.