DESIGN - IED ALUMNI INTERVIEW: DODO ARSLAN
The Italian Armenian designer, who lives and works between Italy and Florida, is IED Milano Alumnus. For his work Arslan is esteemed by Taschen as one of the 90 top designers and firms worldwide
YOU & IED: the IED School you attended, the year and the Course you graduated in.
I graduated in Industrial Design in 1998 at IED Milano.
YOU NOW: your job description, where you work, projects you are working on.
I’m working between Italy and Florida and I’m specialized in furniture, light and accessories design which are developed with the best craftsmen and brands. I also work with the best architects and interior designers to conceive and realize tailored solutions (both for residential and contract) as well as unique light and design art installations.
CREATIVITY: IED means creativity, culture, projects and planning. Let us know how both these aspects led you to choose IED and how they helped or influenced your career.
It’s simply the best mix anyone could ever desire, and it was clear from the very first visit to the school…
IED LOCATIONS: all our schools are found in some of the most creative and vibrant cities around the globe. Let us know why you choose Milan and what role it played in your student and future life.
Studying design was my dream, so IED Milano, in my home city, was the natural choice!
CHALLENGES OF OUR TIMES: how have the challenging times we’re living affected your professional life?
A designer is a problem solver, the harder the challenge, the higher is the complexity of the project and excitement in finding the solutions.
SUSTAINABILITY: IED is particularly involved in this argument. You may want to share with us how you or your company are facing up to today’s environmental challenges.
I always team up with the best crafsmen and consultant and I’m constantly pushing the companies I work with to make a step forward in that direction at each new project.
ADVICE: your recommendations to future graduates for a bright and creative future in your field.
Study hard, to be well tempered for minimum 3 years of real work after you graduate. Work close to your favourite professionals, people you admire and respect, to get the maximum out of the collaboration. Find your way and jump without hesitation in your own projects. It won’t be easy in the beginning but don’t let go till you reach your dreams!
MORE ABOUT YOU: let us have links to web pages where students can discover more about you and your work.
You can see the videos on Vimeo: “Italic” Trophy at “Best of Italy” Gala in Miami, Aria on the Bay Video, Making of Nove, Dodo Arslan - Intervista di Giorgio Tartaro - DesignBook 2008.
OPTIONAL: What was the activity (except for the thesis) that you found most valuable to your personal growth? Also, can you tell us about your Thesis Project?
My IED thesis project was a Baby Stroller and was a very complex project due to the quickly changing behavior and ergonomic dimensions of the baby from 0 to 4 years… But working with my friend Federico “Chicco” Ferretti and the experienced Thesis Professor, Daniele Bresciani, we reached a fully satisfactory result!