LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
The fascination she had as a little girl for her grandfather’s chemistry lab has been later translated into a design process built on material exploration and experimentation.
Having spent a large amount of her childhood in the heart of Transylvanya’s natural landscape has had an impact on her work and life. Through her pieces, she tries to emulate the dynamics found in nature, such as the movement of the clouds and water.
In her teenage years Catrinel studied Graphics at the Fine Arts HighSchool in Cluj, Romania. She later pivoted towards 3D objects and studied Product Design at the Univesity of Edinburgh and Lund University in Sweden.
In 2016 she started working for an artist she highly admired, Nacho Carbonell, in Eindhoven. This experience would lead her to start searching for a more personal approach to product design.
However it was only one year later, during her Bachelor project, that this process of self-discovery developed into tangible objects: THISorder, a series of objects that embodies entropy through materialized time based installations.
THISorder consisted of URMA Clock and Mira lamp.URMA (an alternative clock) displays the passage of time in an organic manner, as a continuous change of phase.
The series was exhibited at New Designers in London.
The designer experimented also with art installations: Catrinel took part in Our Nature, a special Residency Program aimed at connecting Eastern and Western Europe through science, technology and the arts. The project, held in Trieste in 2018, involved young artists and designers from Romania and the main scientific institutions of Trieste.On that occasion, Catrinel developed Timescapes: From Clocks to Outerspace, an installation comprised of three types of pendulums: Human, Geological and Astral. Their movements, all different from one another, pattern the temporal landscape of the space they refer to.
After graduation, in 2019 she founded Catrinel S.tudio and launched Morfoza: light & color out of this world, a lamp light using the spectrum to create mesmerizing light effects, and Aurora Clock, inspired by The Northern Lights movement. Since then, her work as been shown at Dutch Design Week, The National Galleries of Scotland, Passajen Interior Design Week Koln, and featured in articles by DesignWanted and Al-tiba9 etc.
WHO I AM
Catrinel’s work straddles between product design, installation, and sculpture.
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