Interview: Batti
by Harry / February 19, 2007

Batti, one of the most important young designers of the Argentina design scene, with his well-known Placentero Chair, is a mystery to most… MoCo Loco unravels some of the mystery and reveals some of his newest works as an independent designer, after several years of work at Brion Studio. (Via our special correspondent Luis Alicandu in Buenos Aires)

Placentero Chair and Plus footstool.

When did you decide to become a designer?
I never decided it, it came naturally when I found in design a way to develop my art activities from a commercial point of view.

What's the biggest obstacle for designers at the beginning of their career?
The money and the tools for production, when I say this I also talk about the reach of the industry in constructive solutions and materialization.

Where do you do most of your design work?
The idea usually arises in relaxed situations but it can happen at any time, the rest of the process normally needs a little more attention and tools to give form; pencil, computers, scale models, etc, I work this part in my studio at home.

Where, or from what, do you get inspiration for your work?
Nothing specific, but in most of the cases I use a theme to inspire the forms and the message of the object.

Rechargeable lamp concept.

What is your favorite part of the design process and why?
All of them, each one has something interesting and develops the investigation and learning. As I come from an arts formation in all those stages I can work with the drawing, the sculpture, 3D modelling, painting, photography and music in the cases where this form of expression can be added to finish the concept of the chosen thematic.

How would you label/categorize your work? How would you label/categorize your work?
It's not defined, seems interesting to find my style, but I prefer not to tie my work to anything and to think that it is always possible to continue investigating about ourselves. I believe that in that search I try to avoid the fashions and the formality, for that reason, when I was working in Brion Studio I chose "gestation" as a theme that forced me to design with organic forms and messages of introspection considering that today the tendency by aesthetics and constructive convenience is minimalism and straight forms.

Gondola chair inspired by blister packs.

Who are your favorite designers and/or architects?
Tokujin Yoshioka, Ross Lovegrove, Calatrava, Marc Newson, Jaime Hayon and many others.

What item (PC, pen, etc) can you not do without when you are designing?
All, pencil and paper, PC, elements to build a scale model, etc.

What's next?
At the moment I am building the department of design for the furniture company Battista, and in parallel working on ideas and my own designs to materialize and exhibit them, and for about six years I've had a relationship with Brion Studio that continues betting on my work.

Portal chair.

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