MmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmMmBorn in 1983 and raised in Jerusalem, Guy Mishaly had design instilled in him from a young age. “At 10, I joined an aeronautics course where I built model airplanes from wood. The instructor provided us with sketches and plan sheets to create the parts and assemble them. The feeling of translating thoughts and imagination into drawing and transforming them into 3D objects is as magical now as it was then.”
It’s this humbleness that makes Guy the type of designer we’d like to be; he’s also the artist who gets to act out every guy’s fantasy of blowing stuff up. The ‘stuff’ is metal sheets, used to form rectangles and cylinders that are subsequently detonated to create unique, one-off ‘Blast’ stools. Guy doesn’t ignore that his love for such a method of work may well have been born from his upbringing in a war-torn Israel or days completing military service. “It’s certainly the most complex project I’ve done so far. It was a journey I started which I had absolutely no idea where it would lead. The series taught me a lot and made me realise that everything is possible, it’s just a matter of taking risks, good research and hands-on experimentation.”
Innovative, thoughtprovoking and ground-breaking, Guy’s Blast stools were amazingly the by-product of his graduation project from Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Guy is also quick to reveal his love of travelling – he spent a year on the road after finishing his military service. “The world contains so many beautiful colours, materials and shapes. I believe it’s incredibly important to taste as many of these as possible, to understand what you like and also the other things that are less important. Local cultures contain a limited scale of what the world has to offer; only a sense of mix-and-match can create endless combinations and possibilities for people.”
Today Guy is based in New York. He admires the city’s energy and thinks it has a fantastic culture that appreciates the arts, making it the ideal environment for creativity. “To me, it’s the epitome of what the world has to offer in terms of cultures, languages and styles. It’s a classic place to get inspired.” It goes without saying that we’re beyond inspired by this young designer while excited for his very bright future...
What does design mean to you?
The meaning of design to me is the act of creation. For me, good design gives another angle of looking at objects, An angle that hasn't been seen before, combining shapes, colors and materials in such a way and thought that might put a smile on your face. A designer who creates a great chair or a spectacular lamp is no different than an artist who creates a beautiful painting. I find great interest in the process itself. As a student I often heard a sentence by Pablo Picasso who said "if you know what exactly you are going to do what is the point of doing it?" I think it's an amazing statement. By a good process and preparation, one does not know foresee the object to be obtained. The whole thing lies in the doing. And proper research and process will always provide fascinating, surprising and interesting results.
Which designers inspired you to start a career in design?
There are so many great artists and designers that inspire me. If to mention only few: Camille Pissarro, Piet Mondrian, Achille Castiglioni, Marcel Wanders, Ron Gilad, Maarten Bass, Konstantin Grcic. The list is endless!
Which of your designs are you most proud of?
I guess the object that I am most proud of is my BLAST series. It is certainly the most complex project that I did so far. The process was a journey I entered and had no idea where it will lead to. I have reviewed buildings implosions for a while at the time. Beyond the impressive photographs we see in the news papers sometimes, it's a long and complicated process, and contains the most meticulous planning to achieve a refined and accurate result. It’s a kind of a process I respect a lot and decided to implement some of the main principles. Tal Gur who was my professor at Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design was one of the very few who supported the project. To others it seemed aiming to far. This Project was a personal journey that taught me a lot and made me realize that everything is possible, it is just a matter of taking risks, good research and hands-on experimentation.
You're now based in New York, what do you love about the city?
New York has the energy I was looking for. Things are happening here all the time. I think the culture and the appreciation for art create an ideal creativity environment. Further more, New York represents to me the epitome of what the world has to offer in terms of cultures, languages and styles. It’s a classical place to get inspired.
What do you do to relax?
When I want to relax, I'll go down to the beach with my surfboard.
Guy Mishaly; guymishaly.com