Intervista a Satyendra Pakhalé

Unocad con il suo bagaglio di conoscenze tecniche e la sua versatilità in molti settori, ha avuto il piacere di eseguire alcuni lavori con Satyendra Pakhalé, designer internazionale, nato in India e residente ad Amsterdam dove vive ed opera.
Dopo la laurea in ingegneria, il Master of Design in India, e Advanced Product Design in Svizzera, Satyendra Pakhalé lavora in Philips Design – creando prodotti innovativi nelle aree della comunicazione digitale e del trasporto. Nel 1998 fonda il proprio studio di design ad Amsterdam. Tra i suoi clienti, rinomate aziende come Alessi, Bosa, Cappellini, Colombo Design, Erreti, Magis, Moroso, Tubes (Italia), CRAFT (Francia), Offecct, Väveriet (Svezia) e organizzazioni come Material ConneXion (USA).Lavora in un’ampia gamma di discipline, portando nei suoi progetti nuove prospettive e forti influenze di culture diverse. Il suo design scaturisce dal dialogo culturale, sintetizzando con grande ingegno nuove applicazioni di materiali e tecnologie. I suoi lavori sono in varie collezioni permanenti, tra cui Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam e Centre Pompidou, Parigi.

Abbiamo eseguito uno dei suoi progetti artistici con Catia V5 R19 della Dassault Systemes, (soluzione leader in materia di progettazione) effettuando un modello matematico da eseguire successivamente con altri strumenti per il completamento dell’opera.

Al termine del progetto, Unocad ha voluto intervistare il Sig. Satyendra per approfondirne la conoscenza e cogliere alcuni dettagli che vanno oltre il lavoro, scoprendo così il lato umano risultato molto interessante e piacevole oltre alle già conosciute ed apprezzate doti dell’artista che abbiamo ritenuto opportuno condividere con chi è appassionato di arte.


Giovanni Nardotto (responsabile marketing di Unocad):
How did born on you the passion of art?

Satyendra Pakhalé: I have always been fascinated by ‘creation’, way of making things, visualizing and then trying to make it. Wherever my imagination takes me. I firmly believe that if one could image something, then one could as well make it and build it.  It all starts with a idea- a passionate idea, which often get manifested in form of a simple pencil sketch, then as a drawing, as a model, as a prototype or an actual product or piece of design if you like to call it.
It’s something I always did since very early age. I have always been fascinated by those rugged individuals like da Vinci, Sottsass, Noguchi, Brancusi and many more that I would like to list here. I have been inspired by their lifelong commitment to the field of creation.

Giovanni Nardotto: Can you say which hardware and software you use to your studies on the design?
Satyendra Pakhalé: Perhaps one of the most important hardware and software I use is “my mind”. From humanist perspective mind literally means combination of heart (emotions) and intellect. “Mind” is the most important ware, if you like to call it. Rests of the tools are just tools. Of course tools are very important but just tools alone would not get the things done.
Having said that tools are indeed essential. As regards hardware, I use a basic pencil (soft lead pencil), various hand tools to state-of-art computer hardware- and many other tools in-between. As regards software- we use various 3D software’s in the studio, depending up on the complexity of the task. We are involved with industrial design to architectural design and transportation design projects and each project needs a different tool.
But I always enjoy working with UnoCAD specially using the CATIA software and 3D high resolution scanners to do reverse engineering.

Giovanni Nardotto: How did you know UnoCAD?
Satyendra Pakhalé: Through mutual friend I was introduce to UnoCAD few years ago, so I took the initiative to visit UnoCAD facilities as soon as I had a next possibility to take a trip to Veneto region. I liked the facilities at UnoCAD but besides I was impressed by the passionate involvement of Ivano and Stefano along with the rest of team at UnoCAD, that made me convinced to collaborate with UnoCAD.
Besides I always like to go Veneto region, I have been visiting this region for last 15 odd years. Simply because I like the people and of course the food from the area is fantastic. Over the period of time we collaborate with very many design manufacturing companies from this region.

Giovanni Nardotto: The use of technology UnoCAD have met your expectations and which one?
Satyendra Pakhalé: As we all know that the digital technology evolves with a tremendous speed. Simply to keep it up with the new developments in the 3D software and hardware itself is an admirable task. I must say, I was impressed with the commitment of UnoCAD to consistently upgrade the technology and at the same time support it with amazing human skills.
But having said that technology today is accessible to many companies, but technology alone does not deliver. We need committed professional people using that technology in a creative and innovative way. That is where UnoCAD meets my expectations and I keep coming back.

Giovanni Nardotto: Currently you are developing an important part of your collection, in which technical steps will help you Unocad?
Satyendra Pakhalé: I often work on highly industrial design complex technological projects.  Besides that I also work on self initiated explorative projects. Where I always try and apply new technology and find ingenious ways to use new and not so new materials.
To get these various steps done, such as reverse engineering, researching appropriate technology to realize the project I work in close cooperation with UnoCAD.

Giovanni Nardotto: How important is the symbiotic relationship between technology and the hand of man?
Satyendra Pakhalé: I have always been deeply fascinated by technology. I mean various kinds of technologies and materials. I am interested in all kinds of materials and technologies, without categorically considering them hi tech or low tech.
However I am aware of the fact that technology alone cannot deliver the result you wish for. Every technology needs an ingenuous human imagination to apply it and achieve surprisingly desired results. In this matter the symbiotic relationship between technology and the handmade is indeed very crucial.
In my personal works, I could give you many examples, where there is a seamless blend of so-called hi-tech and so-called low-tech. Using computer-aided tools and technologies and mixing that with hand-made skills in industrial design project.
No wonder Aristotle said, “Hands are tools of the tool


Giovanni Nardotto: What are your future projects?
Satyendra Pakhalé: There are plenty of projects that are active in our studio in Amsterdam. I am always pre-occupied with projects of various kind.  From mass producible technically challenging personal products / objects to transportation systems and some small scale architecture.

Giovanni Nardotto: How do you see the current crisis?
Satyendra Pakhalé: I prefer not to call the current situation as a crisis, but more as a challenge. Indeed it is very evident that there is some serious default in our current system and way of doing things in our so called market driven economy or shall I say working culture and practices. This current situation is a good indicator of this problem, which we ought to fix.
This problem is not pertaining to a specific geographical region but it is indeed a challenge of the entire planet, all nations and entire humanity. We need to finally learn that we all are truly interdependent. We need to find a collective long lasting solution to the challenges we face now with this current situation.

Giovanni Nardotto: In your opinion, we can define a positive feature of the current crisis, as it can accelerate the processes of change?
Satyendra Pakhalé: Certainly, the current situation and the challenges we face now definitely would help accelerate the process of change. I think it is really a necessity of our time now.
At its best, the current situation will give us opportunity to rethink our way of dealing and doing things by and large, and look for new way of doing things. I am very much looking forward to those new fundamental innovations in our system and its long term benefits.

Giovanni Nardotto: “Reaction to the downturn” may be a definition out of place at a time like this?
Satyendra Pakhalé: I always felt that any reaction to any situation in a hurry or in a panic will not do any good to us in a long term. We ought to look at our entire operating system of our planet, from all perspectives. First of all from human perspective, from ecological perspective, from industrial perspective and from technological perspective and above all from cultural perspective. And then take appropriate action, instead of reacting to the current so called downturn.
I am an internal optimist and I believe humanity has the creativity to face the current challenges we all face on our tiny planet.

Giovanni Nardotto: It was really a pleasure. Thank you!
Satyendra Pakhalé: Thank you!



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