Words by Lucy Thomas
Most designers tend to take a backseat when it comes to basking in the limelight of their work, and often their efforts and processes remain unknown. As you know, here at OPUMO we are passionate about great design and in this new series we're aiming to uncover the inner workings of design projects that we have grown to love. Meet Jonathan Sabine and Jessica Nakanishi, founders of MSDS Studio, the multidisciplinary design studio with an impressive collaboration portfolio, with the likes of Aesop and Normann Copenhagen to name just two. The studio combines craftsmanship and contemporary culture and abides by the principles of good design to offer something unique and refreshing to the design world. This week, we spoke to Jonathan and Jessica to find out what inspires them, the benefits of collaboration and what it’s really like to be in the design industry.
Jessica: Our skills have an area of overlap and are otherwise complimentary. This is, we think, is ideal for a partnership. We both bring something essential to the collaboration that the other doesn’t have, but we’re on the same page creatively and technically enough that we can collaborate with relative ease. We think creative entrepreneurship in major international cities is hard enough, unless you have an uncommonly broad skill set or substantial resources at your disposal, you basically need a partner.
Jonathan: Resourceful. We try to honour humble materials and forms. We like things that incorporate the incompleteness of manufacturing into the end result. We want our work to reflect the world today and the wide variety of things we encounter every day that interests us.
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