About

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Product designer living and working in Portland, Oregon. Irina graduated from Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg, France and former assistant of Studio Sebastian Herkner in Offenbach, Germany. 

Irina is a product designer working and living in her studio in Portland Oregon. She graduated from Haute École des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg France obtaining a B.A. and M.A. in Design and Fine Arts; Before this she graduated  from West University of Timișoara, obtaining a B.A. in Communication back from her home country, Romania.

While still studying, she started working as a freelance designer and she was the assistant designer in the Studio Sebastian Herkner in Frankfurt, Germany. Here she worked for renowned companies such as: Pulpo products, Dedon, ex-t, Kundalini lightning, Lobmeyr, Wallpaper Handmade 2017 , Nya Nordiska, Verreum, Lamy or Schönbuch. The designs she worked on were presented at design fairs such as Maison et Objet in Paris; IMM Cologne in Germany or Salone del Mobile in Milano, Italy.

She has experience in designing high quality products, working with different technologies and technics, while collaborating with workshops, manufacturers and companies.

Fascinated by her surroundings and inspired by nature, she works in a constant research on patterns, textures and shapes, focusing on the importance of designing objects that preserve the human connection with the environment. 

The passion and love that she puts into all her projects comes from the family examples that she had, growing up in a family of craftsman. Her father and grandfather were carpenters and she used to spend all her summers creating wood objects in their workshops to play with, so the hand work, craftsmanship and traditions are a valuable thing for her. 

Her education, diverse work experience but also her life experience as living and traveling in different cultures and countries are important aspects that define her everyday work.

With a deep interest in natural science and technology she tries to understand how can design improve our daily life and still, to be part of this natural system without destroying it.

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.