What makes Copper
Edward Linacre and Viktor Legin are Copper.
Viktor Legin is a self confessed perfectionist, whose work brilliantly and succinctly articulates just what it takes to master truly minimalist objects and experiences.
As a boy Vik spent many hours in his father’s workshop building toys. In the late 90s when the yoyo craze hit he built his own using milk bottle lids, wax and bearings.
“I guess my advantage was that I knew what I enjoyed doing and what I was good at early in life”.
In his early career, Vik worked at MAP alongside Chris Connell and Daniel Barbera, was a finalist in the Australian Design Awards, exhibited at a range of exhibitions and lectured in design at both RMIT and Swinburne.
“I believe almost anything can be achieved if enough thought has been put into the process.”
His design output is constantly informed by his relationship to and understanding of materials and manufacture. Close partnerships with skilled craftspeople allow him to step outside of conventional manufacturing methods, creating minimal, timeless objects.
Vik was awarded The Good Design Award, Australian International Design Awards 2010 for his ‘Easy Up’ down light and 3rd place in Salone Satellite Awards Milan 2015.
Edward Linacre is consumed by the intricacy and elegance held in geometry. His mathematically resolved forms achieve a delicate balance between utility and beauty.
Ed was inspired by the legacy of his Grandfather, an innovator in Melbourne plastics manufacturing for many years. After time at the famous Brighton Bay School, Ed learned the beginnings of his craft at Swinburne University’s much lauded National Design School (NSD). Further study in Germany saw him spend a semester tutored by Werner Sauer (Wilkhahn) and interning at international consultancy Wiege.
He is obsessed with polyhedra, fractals, and natural geometries symmetry; the way a sea shell and galaxy share the same mathematical spiral sequence.
“A digital representation of an ancient mathematical design process, basket weaving, underpinned the 'Weave' lighting range; a true amalgamation of modern manufacturing and artisan techniques.”
Ed received the James Dyson Award (Worldwide) in 2011 for his Airdrop irrigation system and was runner up in the 2013 Design Report Award for young designers showing at Salone Satellite in Milan.