Irina is a product designer working and living 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 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.
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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.
Address: Portland, Oregon, USA.
Mobile: +1 971 322 34 20