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Meet Barbara,

Founder & Designer

Interview with Barbara

Could you tell us a little bit more about yourself and what made you start the business? 

 

Big love for products, materials and processes has always been part of me. After studying product design in Switzerland I had been working for more than a decade in product and interior design before starting Clar.  The part I always enjoyed the most in the design process, was the direct, hands-on experiment in the materials. The stage where new discovery and the unexpected are most likely to happen. Where a mix of free flow and precise observation opens new horizons. I wanted my work to be rooted in this approach. 

 

What inspires your work? 

 

Materials & Processes & Play. 

My design journey starts in play - working directly with the material and with little planning. It is a conversation with the material's properties: with fragility and stiffness, softness and tension, with texture and translucency - nudging at boundaries and finding a compromise. The final character of an object is born of this thoughtful investigation and led by regard to function, intuitiveness, familiarity and the environment.

 

 
What is the most important thing for you in your business?

That it contributes to the world being a good place to live. That it inspires to live joyfully, to take care of our environment and our communities and that we take responsibility for our actions.

 

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