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Designer in Profile: Harold – Designer & Co-Founder of HAROW

Name: Harold Harold - - Harow Designers & Co - Founder
Company: HAROW
Position within company: Designer and Co-Founder
Website: www.harow.fr
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc.)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always felt this need to create, build, draw, invent, sculpt, take apart, or to mould things — it’s something visceral. I’ve worked in various fields as a graphic designer, web designer, tattoo artist, interior designer, 3D designer…all while pursuing more personal work like painting, sculpture, or street art. Design is something that I came to relatively recently, and I must say that it’s a field in which I feel entirely free to create, without any boundary. I’ve always been an autodidact in everything I do, and I have this perpetual need to learn, to keep busy, and to feed my thirst for creation, no matter what medium I am working in.

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

A classic Haussmannian interior with some touch of folly.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

History and pop culture. Each piece I create referred to an historical event or historical period. Sometimes it is also about legend or famous people. It is a kind of giant patchwork of events that seem important to me, my generation, the things I like or the things that impressed me. It all gets mixed up and I hope people can feel it in my work.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to product design, what would it be?

Just do what you want to do without caring if it is trendy or not.

How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?

It is always a pride and an honour to be selected for an award. The International Design and Architecture Awards helps me to be recognised for my work.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

Keep moving on, breaking the rules of the design and doing what I like.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself

Your most treasured possession?
A photograph taken in 1855 showing Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly, posing in front of the clock tower of Hill Valley.

Your favourite holiday destination?
At home, but on holiday.

Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
Hotel
– The Costes Hotel in Paris
Restaurant – The Bodega restaurant in Miami
Bar – The Chinon bar in Paris.

Your favourite book / film / song?
Book – DMZ by Brian Wood
Film – Corina Corina by Jessie Nelson
Song – It’s too hard to make a choice, but it’s certain that it would be a French Rap song.

Your favourite food and drink?
Tacos, guacamole & corona

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? (in no more than 25 words)
Ride a bike in the Parisian traffic. I am in love with them both, Paris and my BMC. They are essential to my balance, bike is for me a kind of daily therapy.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
Taxidermist.

Anything else interesting?
I’m going to Tokyo in January 2018. I take this interview to make a small advert: if someone can lend me a fixed gear at Tokyo I would be more than happy! Thank you.

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