WHO ARE YOU?

My name is Jesue Valle. I'm an interior / spatial designer with a Bachelor's degree from the University Of Technology, Sydney (UTS). I'm currently studying Masters in Design (Research) in exhibition design and museum.

I'm also a cinephile and art enthusiast. I write about film, art and design.

WHAT IS GOOD DESIGN?

The most effective design are ones that don't require much explanation. In my years of study I found that a bulk of the design process is really about redesigning, similar in a way that good writing is mostly rewriting.

It's more about what you take out than what you leave in.

The most effective designs are ones that focus on the most fundamental aspects while leaving out anything unnecessary.  

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN AESTHETIC?

It appears simple but is conceptually complex. I like the idea of bringing the unknown into a design concept. Possibilities, flexibility and freedom are important in spaces. The person inhabiting the space should be the last element that completes the creation of space.

I don't like to dictate what people should do but rather offer a framework through which they can project their own needs and desires.

A project that exemplifies this is my Central Station proposal. A public space design that offers re-programmable space depending on the needs of the public. It can be turned from an open air cinema, to a marketplace, meeting space, protest space, busking area, etc. (See project here)

HOW DOES YOUR INTEREST IN FILM RELATE TO DESIGN?

My spatial designs are all about people. No matter how beautiful a space is, if it is detrimental to the inhabitant's experiences and relationships then it doesn't work. The films I'm drawn to focus predominantly on characters. Movies that seek to unravel the human condition and experience are the ones that excite me the most.

Watching films allows me to step into someones else's shoes and understand the world through their eyes. A greater understanding of human behaviours and relationships is an important part in understanding how to produce effective spaces. 

WHO ARE THE DESIGNERS / FILMMAKERS THAT INFLUENCE YOU?

Peter Zumthor is a master in creating spaces that are atmospheric and built to be experienced. There is  a sensitivity to his work that I really like. Shigeru Ban is also another source of inspiration not just for his beautiful buildings but also for his values as an architect. He builds spaces for all and brings great design for the people who need it the most. His work in emergency architecture is something I admire tremendously. For him it is about the people first.

The films I have strong reactions to are usually about characters who are marginalised, alienated and different. Nothing gives me more of a cinematic rush than seeing their stories projected on screen. I have enormous gratitude for the films made by the Dardenne Brothers. They make movies about people who are usually forgotten. These are characters who struggle but always firmly remain resilient. Xavier Dolan tells stories about intimacy and love like no one else. He captures the queer experience so authentically and with dignity.  Lars von Trier continues to challenge and provoke me with his exquisitely made movies. His film Dogville completely obliterated my concept of spaces in film. Sometimes labelled as a misogynist, I firmly believe he is the opposite. His movies put women at the center, capturing their complexities and beautiful contradictions. Celine Sciamma is a more recent discovery. Her sensitive portrayal of women coming to terms with their identity is a vital contribution to cinema.