It was a completely intuitive decision, based on our mutual love for quality product design. This reflects in the name we chose - Klove. We simply liked the sound of it; we felt it manifested love, exuberance and a zest for life, which we like to translate into our larger-than-life installations and our smaller, more profound pieces equally. In 2005, we launched Klove Studio with our first décor line, ‘Transparent, Translucent to Opaque,’ a study in how different materials such as glass, mesh, stone and metal responded to light and space. It was through this exploration that we found ourselves drawn to the intriguing interplay between glass and light. The ‘duality of raw beauty’ in the structural cleanliness of glass - fragility on one hand and the endless potential for versatile product design on the other - has since become Klove’s USP.
In our early years, our designs were marked by very simple forms, to which we are curiously returning. We didn’t bring any formal design education to the table, which has made the journey even more special, because we have learned that natural materials, especially fragile ones like glass, have a life of their own. We’ve grown so much as individuals and as designers in so many years of working with these materials.
Describe your style.
We follow guidance hiding in plain sight - intuition, simplicity, raw and honest (sometimes larger-than-life) beauty. The uniqueness comes from the fact that we’ve taught ourselves to be designers ‘on the job.’ We travel extensively, documenting different perspectives around the world and apply that to what our experience with blown glass design has taught us so far. The result is twofold: on one hand, we enrich and improve our existing style. On the other, fantasy and functionality blend to produce something new and exciting.
How do you come up with a collection?
We seriously venerate a very particular thought process. Elemental, intuitive and exploratory, it taps into the synchronicities of life, illuminating what is simple in the complex, or extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary. Through this process, we hope we present a very comfortable and familiar idea of creativity - the kind that awakens forgotten secrets in the collective consciousness, which fuels human ‘creative epiphanies’ more than we know.
Which are your most memorable projects?
The inspiration for every project can be traced back to some special life-memory or the other, which makes each one memorable in its own right.
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