The winner of the HOME + Samsung Bespoke Fridge Design Challenge is Hungarian-born Kiwi Erika Horvath Gaborovna. We spoke to Erika about design influences, art, and aspirations for her new home.
HOME: Can you tell us about your design process?
Erika Horvath Gaborovna: I’m a graphic designer so I work with colour and design every day. Even though I’m working with digital files, I always like to start with drawing and sketching by hand. I think that is because of my upbringing in Hungary, where there is a real focus on handmade and hand-drawn work, and that has always influenced the way I design and create.
My artwork is one of playful shapes and hand-drawn sketchy leaves. I wanted to create something that was fun, and full of character and joy.
What are you exploring right now in your creative work?
In the past I have enjoyed minimalism, but at the moment I’m interested in embracing maximalism. As a designer, my mind always goes first to colour. For me, maximalism is about having fun and letting your own personality and character be at the forefront; there’s a freedom in maximalism.
How does your design for the Samsung Bespoke fridge fit into the aesthetic of your home?
I recently bought a house that I am redecorating, starting with bold maximalism expressed through colour. I want to create an environment of joy so, with the Samsung Bespoke Fridge design, I considered that premise. The fridge is such a large surface that until now we haven’t really been able to utilise it as a design object. This design seeks to embody individuality in a maximalist aesthetic, turning the fridge into a centrepiece of interior design.
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