Maria Berntsen works intuitively and experimentally with her design. The projects are either by consignment, or ideas which she develop on her own, and later sell of to the manufacturer. At times she will let her creativity unfold freely, and explore shapes and materials, for no particular reason.
Maria Berntsen will create three-dimensional shapes, and prefers to work with her hands. She does not draw much, and only uses her drawing board and computer to clarify basic attitudes, and to get a general grasp on the future process. The models are shaped, milled and cut out of polystyrene or other shapable materials.
"Intuition is a very important factor in the way I work. I actually try to get in touch with my own emotions, in order to achieve the desired sensibility of the design. Because good design should not just fill an obvious need, it should also communicate a mood. Naturally, the shape has to support the function, but at the same time it must have a stimulating effect”, says Maria Berntsen. “I think we know it, when we see quality, and it is this intuitive sense I make use of, when creating something new. We are born with the ability to decode shapes, and we sometimes underestimate how much a shape can affect our wellbeing.”
Maria Berntsen prefer to work alone through the creative phase, and is able to handle many different crafts and materials, when shaping models for her design. In making the final prototypes, though, she has professional help, so that the final prototype is as much like the final product as possible.