Asian inspirations of Dymitr Malcew
Innovative, flexible and architectural - that’s how Dymitr Malcew describes the products he designed for MDD. Its creation is a consequence of a multi-stage process where inspirations come from various sources and merge into a common, user focused trend.
High cost of Asian real estate and high density of buildings limit the space dedicated to offices and hotels. Therefore, a global trend which is intensified in Asia was created. It entails creating team work spaces, meeting zones and focus spaces instead of typical workstations assigned to individual employees.
Dymitr Malcew travels a lot around Asia, draws inspiration from various sources: from dynamic business centres in Hong Kong and Jakarta to Japanese stone gardens. The newest MDD collections: the Hana and the Hako acoustic pods as well as the Kaiva seat are a direct translation of these observations and inspirations.
“I believe that the times of an isolated designer who perfects his/her work in a garage are long gone. All my products are answers to the needs I notice during my work and dialogue with clients. This is the only way to find out what is important to them”- explains the designer.
This strategy works particularly well in the process of creating acoustic booths.
“Products like that already exist on the market. During some of my projects I noticed that they are often placed somewhere in the middle of the office and not used too often. I conducted a survey and I found out that it is caused by ‘the aquarium effect’- using booths as a box that’s taken out of a context- says Dymitr. That’s how the concept of the Hana acoustic booth was born. Its form ensures more visual and artistic privacy and becomes a kind of an enclave in the office space”.
The style of work and the above guidelines are the basis of cooperation between Dymitr Malcew and the MDD team. During its relationship various materials and technical solutions were tested, details were discussed and prototypes trialled. That is the most interesting stage of the process, to see how the visions of the creation team become reality. Communication and cooperation allow us to create the end product in line with the original idea. The technical and the implementation stage of the creation process is the most difficult, yet the most fascinating steps of the process.
The acoustic booths aren’t (unlike other products on the market) isolated boxes. They allow you to design office zones with multiple functions. They are supposed to attract people and create places, just like public buildings create urban spaces. The Hana and the Hako pods are different in form, which affect their purpose. Each one of them is a response to a specific problem: lack of privacy or a deficit of space dedicated to team work.