Interview with Peter Thuvander, creator of Muungano design collective
Couple days ago, I was stumbled Peter’s website while doing the search for this blog update and was more than interested to stop and browsing his site. I told to myself, this guy has “something”.
He’s accepted my invitation and here are my interview with Peter Thuvander, the founder of design collective site Muungano. You can find out more about “Muungano” below.
Born in Tanzania from a Swedish father and mother from Tanzania. When Peter was two years old they moved to Sweden, to his father’s birth town called Karlskoga, a small rough industrial town that mainly manufacturing military weapons system for Bofors.
When I ask him whether he’s consider himself as a professional designer, Peter answer yes because he thinks that his livelihood comes from designing things, with his work is mostly a combination of illustration, art, concept development and product design.
Do you have any famous designers that influence you and your style of work?
Yes. I like a lot of different styles and personalities. Mainly I consume visual culture not only from product design but from computer games, animation, history and regional culture. But in term of superstars I like almost all designers from Ettore Sottsass to Jonathan Ivy. I really enjoy to see how an person, technology, culture and time affects thing as materials proportions and so on. How it all comes together in under one form.
Where you’re studying right now or please describe history of your art/design education.
I graduated in 2003. And I took my MFA in industrial design at Konstfack, Sweden. Before that I did two years in architecture in Lund and in one year in an id department in Aarhus, Denmark. The Danish industrial designers are educated in architectural schools. So after an break when I work at various offices I went to do my masters at Konstfack. Before all this I studied some Philosophy. All higher eduction is free in Sweden so people tend to study for a long time.
Are you a member of any International design/art community/organization, if yes what’s the organization name and since when you become a member?
Do you ever have any exhibition, private or in group and have any awards being presented for your work?
Well yes. The muungano bench was shown at the national museum here in Stockholm, the fire alarm in an exhibition tour round Scandinavia.
The lollipops were in an exhibition at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). To name but a few. I even produced some exhibitions for other artists and designers some time ago. As for awards, not that many though but I´ve got one with Martin Hedenström for best degree project at Konstfack.
Do you have any personal favorite of your past/current design that you consider as the masterpiece of you or being so special?
I´m usually most happy with the latest ones. But no masterpieces, just room for improvement. I think the Muungano bench came out quite well. But that´s mostly thanks the people who cut and welded it.
I read on your site that you are started as an architect but ended up doing the masters in industrial design. Any reason why you chose industrial design than being an architect?
It´s a question of preferring to work in a certain scale. I like houses up to villas. But mostly I think that the fact the I played in a band get me hooked on the concept of mass production. The goal then was to get an record deal. And it´s a bit the same with design in terms of hits and deals. Then there are the different ideas of industry and economy and different professional cultures between industrial design and architecture. But to be honest I have more architects as friends then designers.
I saw one of your architecture design, the “opacity” and in my personal opinion you have cool concept. Do you ever think to get back as an architect or taking an architecture project in the future?
Don´t think so, but who knows. I mean is an bus design or architecture? As I become to old to be cultural relevant in design perhaps I have to move in to architecture were you are young even when you´re 50.
I read that you are founder and a member of design collective Muungano, any specific purpose or goal by creating Muungano?
To work with my friends and to get an wider platform of projects made. The mening of our collective is changing as we get older though. Some of us has kids now and a lot of side projects so probably muungano will be more focused on more straight forward design, rather then as today on a lot of experimenting.
I also read about you and some friends are got some new projects just done, can you tell me about the projects?
I can explain shortly what they are. The Library bus, a collaboration of me and Martin in Muungano got the chance to design a library bus for the northern town of Kiruna. This is the exterior and graphics made by fellow designers Fredrik Forsberg at THEY GRAPHICS.
Story which is a public art project in Fittja, Sweden currently still under construction. Peepoo: A single use selfsanitional toilet for developing countries. Fieldtests is being performed. Automatic stores: Various vending machines for major brands.
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