Guto Requena is a Brazilian architect and designer, he graduated in Architecture &; Urbanism from the São Carlos Engineering School, a faculty of the University of São Paulo in 1999. Guto Requena is the Creative Director of the Estudio Guto Requena which acts in all areas where design is of the essence, in its most varied scales: objects, interiors, architecture and cities. He founded Estudio Guto Requena in 2008 and has ever since acted as a design consultant, writer and professor in addition to developing interior architecture, interactive installations and product design.
Since 2012 Guto has a design column at newspaper Folha de São Paulo where he writes about design, architecture and urbanism. His academic achievements and activity as a teacher in reputed design schools made him a national reference in the subject of contemporary architecture and design in the specialized media. He is creator, screenwriter and host of a show on design in cable/satellite Brazilian television channelGNT called Nos Trinques; its first season aired from March to December in 2011.
In 2012 and 2013 Guto developed design web series for the same channel, recorded in Milan, Paris, Amsterdam and London (www.youtube.com/gutorequena).
1/ Can you introduce yourself?
I am Guto Requena, I’m a designer. I shape memories through the use of digital and traditional technologies.
2/ How do you define design?
Design is solving problems. A good design should tell a good story. Design product nowadays is in crisis, like all the other disciplines that stimulates consumerism. Thats why I truly believe that adding personal stories/emotions into objects, allowing the user/client to be part of the process is a way of making the life cycle of a product longer – what I like to call “Sustainable Affection”. That’s what we did with our latest project called “Love Project”, where we use sensors (mind wave, heart beat and voice) to collect emotional data to parametrically shape 3D-printed objects. See the first 2 experiments in the videos:
3/ Must design necessarily be functional?
Yes. But creating emotions is also a function. My work is about playing with the blurred boundaries between design, art and technology. I’m obsessed with the idea of using digital technologies in a more organic, warm and humanistic way.
4/ What do you dream of designing?
An urban project, developed in collaboration with people, using interactive interfaces to re-design/re-think the urban space using their memories and emotional data.
5/ Your next project?
A 30-floors Interactive Facade for a hotel in Sao Paulo. It includes a public art light installation that changes shapes and colors through sensors collecting the sounds and the air quality of the surrounded area. It’s ready in 2 weeks and took 2 years of intense development with my team.