In the 2014 edition, the Master of European Design Labs has two new excellent additions to its faculty: Cutu Mazuelos and Paloma Cañizares. Two great professionals from the world of design who will monitor the work of the students and will work hand-in-hand with them to lead them to excellent thesis results.
This designer has 20 years’ experience on a national and international level, producing all kinds of work for companies such as Muji, Lexus, Adidas, Blå Station, women'secret, Telepizza and Foster's Hollywood.
Cutu is an expert on product design (furniture, lighting and electronics) and interior design (restaurants, retail and office). At present he is CEO of Stone Designs, an industrial and interior design studio.
An architect who studied at ETSAM, Paloma Cañizares opened her studio in 2005, developing architecture, interior design and furniture design projects for offices, commercial spaces, homes and ephemeral spaces.
In 2011 she set up the furniture editorial PCM, which is a combination of a platform to produce projects by young and talented designers and a company that is sensitive to the needs of local manufacturing for the development of our artisanship and industry.
Can you tell us about your role as a tutor in the Master?
Cutu Mazuelos. I am like a sort of agitator, a session of reality and scepticism each month, during which students will have to reflect on the reasons behind their ideas and projects. To summarise, I offer a pragmatic view within the MA.
Paloma Cañizares. As a tutor of the MA, my role consists of being a reference point that accompanies students throughout the entire academic year, several times a month. The lessons are not based solely on correcting the students, but on observing the degree of development and research of their thesis projects, and on defending the decisions they have made. The tutorials are also a meeting place for a range of perspectives, a moment to examine new paths for each project.
Can you tell us about your relationship with the students?
Cutu Mazuelos. I hope it’s good! (laughs). Whatever happens, I will not be complacent, so some might feel a bit uncomfortable with my opinions. My belief is that they need a realistic and professional view of their work, to somehow guide them when carrying out useful and tangible projects.
Paloma Cañizares. For the students, my role as tutor represents questioning all the decisions they make. The tutor does not shape the projects, helping the students to get to know new options, and to learn to explore new landscapes.
What would you highlight about the Master of European Design Labs?
Cutu Mazuelos. The heterogeneous nature of the Master. It is an MA where we don’t know where students will end up. There isn’t even a specific disciplines, and that’s what I like the most. The idea is that the students themselves will shape the course.
Paloma Cañizares. The Master of European Design Labs is an MA based on the development of creativity through research. It offers students the chance to achieve new heights in their development, in such diverse fields as new applications for materials, installations, the use of communications tools, product design, etc.
What projects and workshops will be carried out during this new edition of the MA?
Cutu Mazuelos. Following the guidelines set by the Program Leaders, mischer’traxler, we have worked on making everything very focused on the creative aspect, to pay attention to concepts and for each student to seek the language that is best able to express their ideas.
Paloma Cañizares. As well as the personal research project, the students will develop smaller-scale projects in a range of workshops, some of which are shared with other MA courses. During these workshops they will learn from important professionals who base their work on research and creative processes, such as Studio Swine, Minale Maeda and Raw Color.
MASTER OF EUROPEAN DESIGN LABS
Program Leader: mischer’traxler
Start date: January 2015.
Schedule: from Monday to Friday, between 9:30 and 18:00h., divided into lessons, tutorials, research and trips.
Language: the lessons will be taught in English.
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