An interview with one of our latest designers – Joe Futschik from Jefdesigns. We’ve been doing designer interviews for years in order to gain insight into our designers’ talents, processes and true personalities. Want to see more? Browse our collection of Desiger Interviews. Enjoy!
Joe – Who’s Jef?
Jef are my initials. Words have never been my strength, I am much more comfortable expressing myself through images and objects, hence the rather dry company name. Another reason is many people say I look like a Jeff and refer to me as such, which I find weird because I always thought I looked like a Scott.
What are you inspired by & how does this affect your work?
I get inspired by so much and it changes constantly. Ten years ago it was art nouveau and art deco. Five years ago it was Noguchi lamps. At the moment it’s Japanese and Scandinavian graphic patterns. I also love Mark Rothko. Wood grain and saturated color have been primary ingredients in my designs for a while. Living in Portland Oregon since 1995, the importance of light has become an obsession for me. I’ve pretty much created most of my home furniture and outfitted it with lighting. I think the emotional impact of ambient light is significant. And besides, everyone looks better when they are well lit.
I am a total sucker for junk, garbage and recycled material, whatever you want to call it! Not the answer you were looking for, I’m sure. Almost all my designs were created from rummaging through junk shops. The Rebuilding Center here in Portland is amazing. All materials from renovated or demolished buildings end up here. It’s such a playground for designers.
I also love to search beaches for sea life: rocks, sea beans, corals, urchins, sea fans. They’ve been influencing my recent designs a lot.
You know, I just realized I’m a terrible consumer because I make most of my furniture, and collect junk and free stuff from the ocean. But these “treasures” influenced and inspired my designs.
I bet Lulu (his adorable French Bulldog) is the most popular pooch on Dogster. How many pup pals does she have?
Lulu (best dog ever) is a people’s pup. She thinks other dogs are fine, but realized early on that they can’t provide her with what she craves most: food and love. In many cases they are the same thing to her. We’re a lot alike in many ways.
What’s next for jef designs?
Great question: I have been working on new designs inspired by marine life that I hope to produce in a variety of mediums. Other than that I’m not sure. I’m fairly self-taught with design and I haven’t had a very clear business plan other than to make things that are truthful expressions of what I see or feel. So far that has been working in my favor… we’ll see.
Go check out Joe’s beautiful creations!