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Material and surface: an interview with Sylvia Leydecker

20 Feb 2017

Sylvia Leydecker

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Interior Designer Sylvia Leydecker is an internationally sought-after expert in new materials. In her studio 100% interior, she develops groundbreaking space concepts for companies in Germany and abroad. As the Vice President of the Association of German Interior Architects/Designers (BDIA), she knows the industry like hardly anyone else. An interview on the importance of materials and surfaces in her work and her expectations for the coming interzum.

Ms Leydecker, how important are materiality and surfaces in your work?

I’m interested in the following question: what is constructive in realising a vision of a space?For me, the answer includes material and surface on a very fundamental level. They are a unit, but they can also be detached from each other. It really does depend – but I always place a great deal of importance on them.

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Which materials do you like working with? What is their particular appeal or specific characteristics?

I adore classic materials such as solid wood when it stands out because of excellent details in the workmanship and the ability to age gracefully. On the other hand, I love synthetic high-tech materials, such as carbon, aerogel and light-transmitting concrete – materials that appear translucent and diffuse, or that are dichroic and only reveal their full potential under the effect of light. I also find adhesive foils in all their many varieties, from reflective foils to glitter, great for translating my ideas simply. For me, everything from the natural to the high-tech and synthetic has its own poetry intrinsic to the material as long as my vision is right.

Where do you see the greatest developments or the greatest potential for development?

I see the greatest potential in innovative technologies such as environmentally sound manufacturing techniques or producing functional surfaces that can conduct energy, for instance. I also see potential in repairability instead of disposal. In parallel, I can envisage a renaissance in craftsmanship qualities, even more individualisation in mass production, for example with 3D printing techniques. Put together, their combination with digitalisation in every respect.

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What expectations do you have for interzum? What kind of inspiration does the trade fair provide for your work?

First of all, I’m looking to discover innovations that provide scope for my visions and expand my creative freedom to rethink things and express them. As a self-confessed materials freak, I’m excited to see what’s in store for me this time and what I will integrate into my designs in practice.

Sylvia Leydecker works as an interior architect in her studio 100% interior, where she specialises in the fields of healthcare and offices, product and exhibition design. She is also an internationally sought-after expert in new materials, a renowned published author and Vice President of the Association of German Interior Architects/Designers (BDIA).

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