Luis Eslava


Interview - Luis Eslava

How do you describe your creative/reflective design process?

My creative process arises from the observation of the everyday of what surrounds us, and through this observation I question if the shapes of the objects that surround us are still useful functional and question the objects that surround us through everyday actions.

What would you highlight about the craftsmanship?

Each piece made by artisan is a creation impregnated with wisdom, which will make the piece last and serve as a legacy and connection between the hand that created it and the hand that holds it and takes it home.

What aspects and characteristics would you highlight about working with a material like ceramics?

I like materials that remind me of nature. Ceramic is one of them, I don’t like to glaze it, I prefer it in its warmer and more porous aspect.

“To be Original you must always go back to the origin”.


Do you think craftsmanship contributes to a better world because….

Craftsmanship is a tribute to patience, perseverance, self-improvement, “good work”, attributes that as citizens we have been losing with the passage of time and the new generations, and that through handmade objects remind us of the importance of these values.

What inspires you when designing and creating?

We design what we live and live what we design. There is an intention to create a dialogue between the designer and the designed object.

Where does the idea of the product Nais come from?

Nais arises in the search for a point of light that accompanies you at all times as a guide, a dim light that lets you read, talk, reflect, contemplate, share, hence the inspiration: the name of Nais, inspired by the name of my partner Naila that symbolizes this guide and / or accompaniment.

What is the message/intention of the piece?

We wanted to create a dim luminaire as a companion, as a guide, creating a direct and indirect light at the same time. Rechargeable portable light.

What were the challenges you faced during the process?

Nais is a lamp of simple appearance, but the challenge has been to balance craftsmanship and technology, it has been a nice challenge, to assume the imperfections of the clay and how to use that variable in favor of technology.

What value do you think it brings to brands/companies (hotels, restaurants, architects, interior designers)to be able to work with objects and products made from a design with a great artisanal value?

Handcrafted objects are not only objects, they are connections between the artisan’s hand and the hand that admires it. We live in a time, where there is a dehumanization of objects, this generates a disconnection with the objects that surround us. Through craftsmanship we want to create objects that through artisanal processes we connect with the hand of the craftsman and his knowledge.

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