Ms Kalff, what distinguishes good design?
In hindsight, all good design looks like every decision that led to the final product was evident and logical. Which of course is absolutely not the case when you are in theconcept and development phase.
Do you have a design principle?
No not really, I just try and trust my instincts. If it doesn’t fit, don’t force it
Where do you find the many glasses for your works?
I find them all over the place at vintage shops and antique auctions. I’m constantly on the lookout for special pieces that have no meaning to their previous owners but that can inspire me to make something new.
If you didn’t work with glass, what material would you work with?
I work with different materials, not just glass, also porcelain, wood and silicone rubber. I like it when the materials lead me to the design. An idea executed with different materials could ultimately turn into a different product. The relief in the silicone tablecloth that I made for Droog Design and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has shades like a damask tablecloth. It’s the properties of silicone that make that happen.
You play with time. What does time mean to you?
My work fits ’in between times‘, I like the thought that it’s not easy to place it in a time or put a label on it. By using vintage glass I give new shape and function to it. In a sense, my work bridges past and present.