Living locally in Northcote and working out of a shared studio space in Brunswick, Miguel Zerene is the creative mastermind behind Nebulab, a design project specialising in the creation of contemporary geometric furniture and taking inspiration from patterns found in nature. We recently caught up with Miguel to find out a little bit more about Nebulab, the man behind the project, and his inspiration.
…the space where I manifest my creative energy
So, for those that don’t know, what is Nebulab?
Nebulab is a personal project. It’s the space where I manifest my creative energy and all of the ideas that come into my mind. Mainly it’s is a space for experimentation with materials and new ways of doing things.
How long have you been working on this project?
I have been working on this project for a bit more than a year now, but I had this vision around 3 years ago.
You originally hail from Chile. Can you tell me a bit about your life back home?
In Chile I studied industrial design and used to do small creative projects as a freelancer, but things were a bit slow. I felt I was missing something. I needed to learn more.
You currently live in Northcote. When did you move to Australia and why did you choose to live in Melbourne’s north?
I moved to Australia around 3 years ago because I just wanted to travel and explore. Once I got here, I thought I should try to do something creative and share my ideas. Melbourne’s north seemed like the right place, with the right creative vibe and the right people. I was introduced to creative shared studios, and I loved the idea.
How has living in Melbourne’s north influenced your work?
Working in the shared studios in Brunswick has been amazing. You get to know amazing people who know how to do amazing things, and they all share their knowledge with you. I’ve learned so many new things and have had lots of support.
Geometry features heavily in your design. Can you tell me a little more about this?
I love using geometric shapes because I believe geometry is a universal language found throughout nature, and using such patterns and shapes in my designs makes the whole design process more enjoyable and connected. I believe it is possible to replicate organic patterns into objects.
How did you learn to use geometry in your designs?
Basically through experimentation. Just playing with different materials and observing how they interact with each other.
We saw your work recently featured in a design magazine. How did it feel to get this recognition?
It’s a big motivation to keep going, knowing that what you are doing is being appreciated.
When you’re not busy in the workshop, what do you like to do in your free time?
I usually escape to nature to explore new places and observe. It gives me back a sense of connection. Rock climbing and mountaineering are always my favourite activities.
As we’re no longer talking geometric furniture, we’re going to take this opportunity to ask one of the most important questions… if you had a spaceship and could go anywhere in the universe, where would you go?
I would take a cruise around some of the beautiful nebulas around the galaxy!
What new designs can we expect from Nebulab in 2017?
For 2017 I want to incorporate light to my designs. Combining patterns, volumes and light, mainly with a focus in sculpture more than furniture.
And finally, where can we take a closer look at some of your work?