A New Cypriot Interior, Retail and Object Design Workshop.
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From Here and Over There.
I am Loucas, FOUNDiiD’s designer. With a childhood spent in Larnaca district, I remember that my very earliest interest in design was fired by the cosmopolitan wave of modern architecture and design which extended across Cyprus from mid 1950’s. My richest memories are of the beautiful buildings of Famagusta, close to my home. I know now that these structures and objects which surrounded me in my pre-teens influenced how I came to view and appreciate my world.
The enthusiasm and love for understated, elegant and functional design ultimately saw me working for mid-century modern and Scandinavian retail design companies Knoll International and Skandium, as well as being a partner in an East London interiors and interior design store.
Meanwhile Paul McEvoy, FOUNDiiD’s co-founder, arrived to design from a different route. Hailing from Galway in the West of Ireland, he spent most of the past 25 years in media, advertising and consumer research. His interest in contemporary design was energised by the constant design innovation he saw living in East London. Crumbling and tired buildings were transformed on an almost weekly basis into shops, bars, and hotels with designs which were distinct and forward looking, but which still made elegant reference to the skilled trade heritage of the area.
The signature of FOUNDiiD design is therefore a fusion of the craft heritage of our homelands, with the timeless modernity of Scandinavian, German and British design, and maybe even with a little hint of Japanese minimalism in the mix.
We arrive to a changing Cyprus. Emerging from the economic crisis there are signs of a returning optimism. And we sense a growing appreciation that local creative services, craft and design can and must be a central part of Cyprus’s economic and cultural progress. Click here to read the rest of the article on Foundiid.com.