Polona Pakiz

Specialized in Pet Supply Design.

Polona Pakiz

About Polona Pakiz

  • Winner of the A' Design Award.
  • Specialized in Pet Supply Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Pet Supply
Max & Minny Bed

Max & Minny Bed

Pet Supply Design

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Interview with Polona Pakiz

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I always wanted to be an architect. But my career lead me first to economy, next to the building trade and finally to a design school, where I became a graduated interior designer.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
I’m at the beginning of my designing studio. I would like to design similar products, for example: for animals, children or accessories for homes. Beside that i would like to work as an interior designer or as an architect for interiors. I like colours, vintage, softness, homeliness, practicality, this is my style.
What is "design" for you?
Design is my life. I live to design and design is for my living. Design is when you can make better living, when you can invent lovely and practical things, when you think about better future.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I like designing practical accessories for different usages or users. I love working with wood and different textures and colours.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
My first project was in a design school. I designed a folding-constructing screen for children, which grows with a child and stimulates him growth and development. You can add or change different cardboard panels where there is an an alphabet, or firs words, colours, shapes or where they can learning foreign languages. You can also add a panel for playing theatre. Or choose nice coloured glass panels for normal use of folding screen
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
My favourite material is wood. My favourite platform autoCad and 3ds max. My favourite technology laser cut.
When do you feel the most creative?
Outside in the nature, at night in my bed, while reading a book or drinking coffee. Practically all the time, thinking, designing, creating something new or re-designing.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
I’m focused on details, the usage of materials, and application of different colours.
What makes a design successful?
When people accept it well. If they saw in it a satisfaction of their needs.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
First I see good qualities; I examine usage of materials and colours, a practicality of design. And also inspect a faultiness or defectiveness of a design. I respect a work of a designer, and I always try to understand his meaning of a design.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
All designers should have a great responsibility for environment. They all should think in a principle: from cradle to cradle.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
Yes, the design field is evolving. Maybe in Slovenia, a little slower than it should. Where the big corporations still doesn’t understand the meaning of a great design, and how it’s worth. The future of designing is re-design, design with a few or nothing influence to environment. Also today’s designing is not just to design a chair or accessories, but to design a service, whole concept of service, for example in a bank or insurance company.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
My last exhibition was in 2010 at furniture fair Ambient in Ljubljana. My greatest wish is to exhibit on a design fair in London or Milano.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
My inspirations come from nature, surroundings, when I observe the patterns in nature. Also my inspirations come from the past, from our history. My dreams are sources of inspirations.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in countryside. I love rural simple life, I adore simple antiques. Slovenia is too much closed for design and creation. We are still learning that design is something good that helps us at evolution, growth. Still not enough interest in a design and designing.
How do you work with companies?
Some companies are still afraid of designers. They think the designers are artist’s dreamers. You need to make an effort to find a company who understand the necessity of a design and see the future in it.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
Good designer is looking far in the future. Good designer is not seeking the obstacles, he sees goals and salvations. Good designer can design not just an object he can design a whole service for a company. A good designer has a good concept, besides thinking about the production and a good income for company, he can think about the users, about the environment...
Can you talk a little about your design process?
My designing process is different from a project to a project. Mainly when I have an idea I’m developing it in my mind for few days. Then when an idea is enough developed I made a sketch, than a concept, with help of a different computer programs.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
You can be creative; can play with materials and textures, improving interiors, bettering our lives. You can be productive; people need design, need changes and improvements. The only negative thing is that most people don’t appreciate design. It’s hard to find people or company who understand that behind a good design is a lot of thinking, hours, clicking, drawings, researches, compromises...
What is your "golden rule" in design?
Follow your mission, your vision. Persist at your own design. And do not despair with obstacles you come across. Tomorrow is another day.
What skills are most important for a designer?
Openness, accept a criticism, vision, courage, fortitude, will, diligence....
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
Pencil 2B and 4B, paper, AutoCad, ArchiCad, 3DS Max Design, Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.. books for soul, nature, people, cities....
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Designing for kids, because they are open, the best judges and the most genuine design lovers.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I’m trying to carry trough the realization of my awarded design to put it on market. And design more furniture for cats. Finished a folding-constructing screen for children which I’m designing. And of course advantage the golden award as much as possible.
How can people contact you?
They can contact me on my email: polona.maxdesign@gmail.com Or on my mobile phone +386 51690091.

Extended Interview with Polona Pakiz

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
I've always love nice things, smooth lines, minimalism, nature, animals, and always wanted things with purpose. So after my degree in economics, I’ve started working in building company, where I was daily meeting architect, clients, builders and noticed, that the clients are a little confused in knowing what they want, architect were mainly focused on looks of the building not so much practical view of living in this building….so I realized I would like to study Faculty of Design so I could help my clients. During my studies I started to uncover my design potentials and my love for designing.
How did you become a designer?
I love to give objects a meaning, good looks, I love to give my clients beautiful a practical interior and designs.
What are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
I think that forcing someone in anything is stupid, and yes of course I’ve choose to become a designer. And I’m happy for my choice.
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
I design all sorts of stuff, mainly business design, so I helped many clients with their start-ups, or refreshed business, and if there is any time left I design accessories for kids and pets.
What is your growth path? What are your future plans? What is your dream design project?
For me, great designer is someone who stays true to himself/herself.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
Good design is hart to evaluated, maybe the design is too far in the future, or too simple, but is still a good design.
You are truly successful as a designer, what do you suggest to fellow designers, artists and architects?
To deliver a good design is a hard process, takes time, energy, lot of sleepless nights, emotional ups and downs, so it’s hard to value all this energy which was invested in any design.
What is your day to day look like?
Uf, I have a lot of my design sketches in my table draw, but if I had a magic stick and time travel machine I would love to spend some time with my best designer and architect Zaha Hadid.
How do you keep up with latest design trends? To what extent do design trends matter?
My dream project is making an Eco friendly, self-sufficient town, with wooden houses, green streets, kid friendly schools and Ayurveda hospital.
Who is your favourite designer?
Every design with large contribution to nature, animal protection or fair trade community/corporation.
Would you tell us a bit about your lifestyle and culture?
If your design is not a success, don’t worry, put it on aside, wait, maybe you’ll find modifications, or just needs time.
What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
Design is way of living, effective struggling everyday problems is a good design. You design the way of living every day, how you’ll clear your desk, tidy your room, organize a trip, all this is design
What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?
My biggest supporters are me, myself and I. Be true to yourself any time.

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