Lukas Kuka

Lukas Kuka

I was born in Slovakia in 1984. From an early age I felt very close to wood. Probably because both my grandfathers were woodworkers. One was a carpenter and the other one was a woodcarver. I always spent my summer holidays building fences or carving wooden sculptures. My best toys were a knife and Meccano. Sadly, the Meccano was a basic one, without any gears or motors. That is why I took things apart and used the parts with my Meccano to build something special.

My parents never had a working cassette player or VHS for long time! After I finished my Art Joinery and Cabinetmaking College I worked almost 10 years as a cabinet maker.I felt not satisfied. Even really beautiful and complicated furniture wasn’t enough for me. It became “boring”. I needed something more, something moving, something more complicated. I have decided to change my career to mechanical design.

I did a few initial projects which helped me to get the job in south London as a mechanical designer of equipment for the film industry, where I am still working. One of these projects was the clock that is now on display in The MAD Museum

The MAD Museum will be closing at 4pm on Thursday 21st September 2017.