Hello my Name is Fabrizio Constanza I am an Artist and a Designer. My formal training is in Industrial Design. I got my degree from the Metropolitan State College of Denver, now a University. I started my bachelor of Art at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I was fortunate to had fantastic professors for Art, Design, and technical skills. I became a Designer to improve existing products and an Artist to explore ways to better understand Human behavior. A long the way, I have had realized both products and Human behavior are dynamic.
The company is dedicated primarily but not limited to the design and production of custom Furniture, Art Furniture, and Conceptual Art. But in 20 years, we have consulted on projects that require design thinking as well. We serve commercial and private clients.
I was involved with the development of the Duke bike at my internship at Dean Bicycles more than 20 years ago. Founder John Siegrist, great guy, excellent vision not to mention a very resilient business man. Well John included me into the development team. I also participated on the design of a three point pivot plate for a full suspension bike. I bring this memory because then I learned the importance to get the job done regardless of what tool the designer has on hand.
Excellent question, I know my mind is ready to develop a creative solution when I am feeling melancholic. Then I get into creative mode and two hours later I have the solution, immediately my feeling change to excitement.
Last year I had a fantastic Solo exhibition at Avia Gallery in Guatemala City. It was a 20 year career celebration. With the gallery, we created a Chronological exhibition of my work with objects that dated back to 1997. General public had a unique access to see work that is on private collections, award winner products, and anniversary unique pieces.
I manage two aspects on the design inspiration topic. First it is important to tackle the solution to the problem, once that is done I focus on aesthetics. Inspiration comes from: the project itself, past experiences, research and sensitivity.
I live in Guatemala City, the most cosmopolitan city of Central America. Any designer’s heritage should not affect the design, since design is about solving specific situations. Sure many designers make project base on their heritage but that is different. The pro of designing in my city is that people love contemporary design.
Sure, Wake up go biking or gym, then take my kid to the bus stop, go to a quiet place or coffee shop to brainstorm new projects, from there I go meet the design and financial team at the office, lunch, meeting with clients, play time with my kid, family dinner, flexible time.
When finishing school, it is hard for designers to find a job. That is because all apply to the same jobs. On my early days as a designer, I analyzed myself and evaluated my abilities and interests from early childhood to high school. Then I developed my design on those areas. I rode bikes as a kid so I worked at a bike company. I played squash as a teen ager, so I design a sales and Marketing plan to represent sport equipment in Guatemala and executed it. I was passionate for art in College so I design for Art. So look at what you enjoy as a kid and apply design to that area.
The tool box keeps growing; now days the mobile device is my favorite tool, with applications such as WhatsApp, Camera, light and Levels I am able to stay mobile an managing the office. Yet a note book and a pen still essential for the job. About software at the office we use Autocad, 3DMax, Illustrator, Photoshop, Coreldraw.
Three jobs have forged my design vision. The most currently, designing artistic plinths for a private collection of contemporary Latin Art. It intensified my art appreciation skills. I worked as a custom lighting metal fabricator my first year after design school. I learn firsthand what it takes to produce objects. During Design School I had a fantastic internship at a Custom bicycle manufacturing company. There I learned precision and quality.
My clients come from broad fields of work and lifestyle. Yet when they pursue a Design project with me, all have a common emotional goal that surpasses the mere need of acquiring a product. Some of my clients are Art Collectors, Doctors, design enthusiasts, hospital, hotels and restaurants.
Art and Design is about bringing innovative ideas to solve situations. Humanity is at an exciting time, to me is important to be active in the community. I am looking forward to engage on Public Cultural Affairs
It’s a combination of both. Typically the result is an exercise of collaborative effort that evolves from an idea I am exploring. I encourage the entire team, even the financial people to propose ideas and concerns. It is a lot more fun and usually the project benefits from it.
I design functional art, custom furniture, conceptual sculptures, and I also consult with companies. The firm is working towards assisting corporations to transition to a design-thinking model of business.