George Drakakis

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George Drakakis

About George Drakakis

George Drakakis is an Architect / Designer from Greece that keeps practising serious fun. He designs projects at the border between art and design, constantly reminding that "Poiesis" and Poetry is one and the same. His inspiration is a mixture of every-day life events, feelings, emotions, music, visual arts, maths and science. His design studio, ICONPOETRY, solves problems through design processes and delivers concepts and solutions through an artistic approach and attention to detail, following one simple rule: Form Follows Satis-Function. oh yeah.

  • Winner of 6 A' Design Awards.
  • Good in Street Furniture Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
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  • Street Furniture
  • Kitchenware
  • Furniture
Eternity Urban Bench

Eternity Urban Bench

Street Furniture Design

Nessie Urban Bench

Nessie Urban Bench

Street Furniture Design

Epi-Happy Tableware

Epi-Happy Tableware

Kitchenware Design

Black Widow Table

Black Widow Table

Furniture Design

Marching Ants Urban Bench

Marching Ants Urban Bench

Street Furniture Design

Modern Takes Furniture Collection

Modern Takes Furniture Collection

Furniture Design


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Interview with George Drakakis

Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
Iconpoetry is a design studio that does exactly what it states: practicing serious fun. Because now-days being serious is not fun. It's not fun enough.
What is "design" for you?
Design is an on-going process. It's going through stages. It's about grabbing a word, a sense, an idea and mentally sculpt it till it gets a new meaning. It’s a non-stop procedure, but in certain moments, when the time is right, the process is materialized, a new product is made.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
Nothing specific actually. I would say the ones that trigger my imagination on first sight.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
My chair. i designed it 10 years ago as a coffee-dining chair. Now the prototype serves as my office chair.The cantilevered back creates a swing motion (like a rocking chair) and gives me a piece of mind so i can consecrate on my projects and it also calms my enthusiasm when a new idea comes into my mind and the time is right to move on form brain-storming to rational thinking.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
It was "Eighternity" an urban bench designed for a Spanish company called Escofet.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
Anything that can be used in liquid organic forms is most welcome. Lately i am also interested in 3D printing materials / technologies and ecological design as well.
When do you feel the most creative?
This is not a matter of timing, it's more like a matter of getting the right stimulation that will trigger the creativity process. Those "oh yeah" moments can happen anywhere, any time.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Fulfillment. Each project carries a part of my myself, especially when we are talking about prototypes.
What makes a design successful?
The most successful factor is the one that will makes people smile and urge them to pay attention and interact with the design, that is, spend more time with it. Time is our most precious property. Designs awarded with the gift of time, are certainly the most successful ones.
How do you work with companies?
Interactively. Given the fast that the identification of the problem is the most critical factor in the early stages of the design process, crystal clear communication is essential for a successful design.
What is your "golden rule" in design?
Form Follows Satis-Function. Design side-by-side with emotions. That's my "golden paraphrase".
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
I couldn't really answer this question. Mainly because the "end" of the design process simply doesn't happen. I could refine a project every time over and over again. Deadlines and time scheduling milestones, are "non-finito" moments.
How can people contact you?
Through my e-mail, george@iconpoetry.com and my contact form at www.iconpoetry.com
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
Thank you for giving me the chance to communicate my thoughts to your readers.

Designer of the Day Interview with George Drakakis

Could you please tell us about your experience as a designer, artist, architect or creator?
I am an architect engineer with 20 years of experience and i was always excited with the micro-scale of design, be it detailing, finishing or creating objects.
What are your priorities, technique and style when designing?
I really enjoy working with materials that can be used in liquid organic forms. Lately i am also interested in 3D printing materials / technologies and ecological design as well. 3d modeling applications made everything easier especially during the phase of refining the details of the design, or reconfigure over and over again the whole shape.
Which emotions do you feel when designing?
Fulfillment. Each project carries a part of myself, especially when we are talking about prototypes.
What particular aspects of your background shaped you as a designer?
It's a mixture of every-day life events, interests, feelings, emotions, music, visual arts, math and science. Any of the above will trigger the creativity process. Those "oh yeah" moments can happen anywhere, any time. Being a Designer is an on-going process. It's going through stages. It's about grabbing a word, a sense, an idea and mentally sculpt it till it gets a new meaning. It’s a non-stop procedure, but in certain moments, when the time is right, the process is materialized, a new product is made.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
I would advise then to get the most of their rationality into their imagination, and the most of their imagination into their rationality.
How do you know if a product or project is well designed? How do you define good design?
Good design is the one that makes people smile and urge them to pay attention and interact with the design, that is, spend more time with it. Time is our most precious property. Designs awarded with the gift of time, are certainly the most successful ones.
How do you decide if your design is ready?
I couldn't really answer this question. Mainly because the "end" of the design process simply doesn't happen. I could refine a project, bit by bit, every now and then, over and over again. Deadlines and time scheduling milestones, are "Non-Finito" moments. Design is an on-going process. It's going through stages. It's about grabbing a word, a sense, an idea and mentally sculpt it till it gets a new meaning. It’s a non-stop procedure, but in certain moments, when the time is right, the process is materialized, a new product is made.
What is your biggest design work?
My chair. it ain't the biggest, it was my first attempt to enter into the world of forms. i designed it 10 years ago as a coffee-dining chair. Now the prototype serves as my office chair. The cantilevered back creates a swing motion (like a rocking chair) and gives me a piece of mind so i can consecrate on my projects and it also calms my enthusiasm when a new idea comes into my mind and the time is right to move on form brain-storming to rational thinking.
Who is your favourite designer?
Ron Arad, Dieter Rams, Ross Lovegrove, Charles and Ray Eames to name a few. The list actually can go on and on.
Would you tell us more about your work culture and business philosophy?
Iconpoetry is a design studio that does exactly what it states: practicing serious fun. Designing projects at the border between art and design, constantly reminding that "Poiesis" and Poetry is one and the same.We are working with companies interactively. Given the fast that the identification of the problem is the most critical factor in the early stages of the design process, crystal clear communication is essential for a successful design. Iconpoetry, solves problems through design processes and delivers concepts and solutions through an artistic approach and attention to detail, following one simple rule: Form Follows Satis-Function.
What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
From time to time i share do-it-yourself projects on my company site.
What positive experiences you had when you attend the A’ Design Award?
Actually it gave me the opportunity to communicate my designs and sign my first contract.

Extended Interview with George Drakakis

Which emotions do you feel when designing?
Outdoor benches will always have a great impact in my design practice. Mainly because I think it’s the place where a lot of activities can take place in the same time. Just think about it; some people are relaxing, others are taking a break, or getting ready to go. A bench is a dynamic place, not only an ephemeral destination, but also a starting point for the next ongoing activity. A continuous movement in different directions, not just circling around, it's more like being on a single-sided surface, as described by A.F. Moebius and artistically expressed by M.C. Escher.
What are your advices to designers who are at the beginning of their career?
A good design is something that makes people smile and urge them to pay attention and interact, that is, spend more time the product. Time is our most precious property, and designs that manage to consume out time, are certainly the most successful ones.
How do you know if a product or project is well designed? How do you define good design?
A blank canvas, a loose imagination, past experience, cultural background, social concerns, inspiration from art and science. These are my secret ingredients and the Synthesis of all the above is the most valuable one.
Who is your favourite designer?
It's My chair. i designed it 10 years ago as a coffee-dining chair. Now the prototype serves as my office chair. The cantilevered back of the chair creates a swing motion (like a rocking chair) and gives me piece of mind so i can concentrate on my projects and it also calms my enthusiasm when a new idea comes into my mind and the time is right to move on form brain-storming to rational thinking.
What are your philanthropic contributions to society as a designer, artist and architect?
Design is Poetry through time and space. Design is an on-going process. It's going through stages. It's about grabbing a word, a feeling, a meaning, an idea and mentally sculpt it till it gets a new meaning. It’s a non-stop procedure, but in certain moments, when the time is right, the process is materialized, a new product is made.

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