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