Kitch T Compact Kitchen Interview

Interview with Irena Kilibarda (IK), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Kitch T Compact Kitchen design. Kitch T was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Irena Kilibarda at Sunday 17th of April 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? IK : When working constantly on kitchen design throughout interior projects, you experience a lot of different client needs and are familiar with what are standard possibilities of suppliers. I tried to think of something different; combine our Table T design into a kitchen, meaning link the table, work space and kitchen all in one. .. FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? IK : We are living in a "fast" century where people do not have enough time for themselves and the interaction with their familly members or friends. Kitch' T gives the opportunity to be together and gather around one product/in one space. We can cook, check our emails and interact with everyone present - it is the interaction spot... FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept? IK : One month of designing, working on details, specifications as well as construction drawings. One more month of getting everything together - production...

Airland Shenzhen Hotel Interview

Interview with Honglei Liu (HL), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Airland Shenzhen Hotel design. Airland Shenzhen was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Interior Space and Exhibition DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Honglei Liu at Tuesday 26th of April 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? HL : The design intent was to achieve a pure, natural and romantic ambiance with minimum budget. The designer wished to create a minimal and pure space that offers relaxing and pleasant experiences through its natural beauty... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? HL : BLVD’s interior study focused on creating a unique beach holiday experience for our hotel guests, through optimizing and harmonizing the entire interior space to enhance the quality of hotel lighting ambiance. In addition, natural design elements from the beach were introduced to form a spectacular interior color scheme. The colors hue of natural sand extended through the entire hotel. On the other hand, the biggest challenge of this project was how to integrate interior design with the existing architectural structure. In order to complete this renovation within a limited construction budget as our client request, extra design consideration was given to retaining the existing architectural structure. At the end of the project, the solutions we found were functional, enhanced the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and were aesthetically attractive. .. FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration? HL : As it was a renovation project, the total budget was quite challenging. Because of this, the designers made the best use of the existing space, which is shaped by the curvy architecture. The complicated design was abandoned; instead, natural landscape and sunlight are introduced into interior while keeping the openness and ventilation of the atrium and its surrounding. ..

Digilock Smart Bike Lock Interview

Interview with Tong Jin (TJ) Kim (TK), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Digilock Smart Bike Lock design. Digilock was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Digital and Electronic Devices DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Tong Jin (TJ) Kim at Wednesday 20th of April 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? TK : There are many great innovative technologies being introduced every year. We can add more value to them if we can help find better applications, making them more meaningful... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? TK : I want to see innovative technology to be more acceptable, adaptable, and approachable for everyday use by integrating it to something that we need in everyday life style... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? TK : It's in a development stage, need to make a lot more changes through evaluation and iterations to make improvements. I would like to build a business model around this product solution...

Spyker Trivet Interview

Interview with Prompong Hakk (PH), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Spyker Trivet design. Spyker was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Prompong Hakk at Thursday 21st of April 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? PH : Spyker was inspired by aviation history and the old pre-war double decker machines. I wanted the Design to be reminiscent of a propeller... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? PH : The focus was to create a functional yet beautiful Design that could go head to head with Menu's iconic trivet. Where Menu's trivet features a single material choice I opted to create a little more highlight by adding a circular steel ring... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? PH : I hope that this Design can withstand the test of times and become an iconic Design for the SNF+ brand. It is also a product with a very long shelf life...

Fangsuo Bookstore Interview

Interview with Chih Kang Chu (CC), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Fangsuo Bookstore design. Fangsuo was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Interior Space and Exhibition DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Chih Kang Chu at Saturday 23rd of April 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? CC : Chu’s initial proposal was centered around “The Secret Scripture Library”. Scripture libraries have been found around either in or under Buddhist temples for centuries and have an extended meaning of stored wisdom in Mandarin Chinese. This concept really resonated with Fangsuo and was immediately accepted. In the fourteen month process that ensued, neither party wavered on this core concept of a Secret Scripture Library. .. FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? CC : In the beginning there was no definitive picture for how the Cheng Du - Fangsuo Bookstore should look aesthetically. However, it was imperative to the owner that the bookstore had to have Chengdu (provincial capital of Sichuan, China) running through it’s very core. With this in mind, the Chu Chih-Kang team began research on the city and found significant historical connections to the site, such as links to Daci Temple and one of the most famous monks in Buddhism - Xuan Zhang of the Tang dynasty. This research also brought to light the emotional connection that people of Sichuan have with “Wo” (a nest, cove or home) and “Bai” (intentional placement or design). In the thousands of years of Chinese history, there have been numerous and infamous quests for ancient scriptures and the wisdom that they hold. This spirit of exploration was something that Chu wanted to capture in the Fangsuo Bookstore. Moreover, Chu not only wanted people to experience this quest into the unknown, but he also wanted the bookstore to have the solemnity of a temple since books represent some of mankind's most deep and profound wisdom. Chu envisioned a bookstore that embodied the essence of ancient scripture libraries, but he also wanted a space that spoke to the Sichuan people and their way of life. Sichuan people lead a slow-paced and relaxed lifestyle and they love to socialize. Within the province you’ll always find spaces where you can nuzzle down and read a book or coffee shops where you can socialize with your friends. These spaces represent how central “Wo” (a nest, cove or home) and “Bai” (intentional placement or design) are to the Sichuan people. .. FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept? CC : The Fangsuo Bookstore Project was completed in 14 months. From start to finish there were around 50 revisions to the design and Chu invested almost four times the manpower and resources compared to other projects. “There is no wasted effort, when one is not afraid of adversity and puts their all into something” - Chinese proverb. For Chu, this attitude drove him and his team towards the finish line of this project. ..

Biologic Self-Transforming Biological Skin Interview

Interview with Helene Steiner (HS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Biologic Self-Transforming Biological Skin design. Biologic was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Textile, Fabric, Textures, Patterns and Cloth DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Helene Steiner at Sunday 24th of April 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? HS : Nature has engineered its own actuators, as well as efficient material compositions and structures triggered by these actuators to achieve functional transformations. We are imagining a world where actuators and sensors can be grown rather than be manufactured ­ being derived from nature, not engineered in factories... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? HS : We develop bioLogic with an harmonious perspective, where biological and engineering approaches flow in sync. The current garment is exhibited internationally and might get the opportunity to be part of the Olympics 2020... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? HS : bioLogic is still in research and inspired many of us to explore further potential of biological interfaces...

Waterfront Lilac Club Interview

Interview with yi chen (yc), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Waterfront Lilac Club design. Waterfront Lilac was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Interior Space and Exhibition DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with yi chen at Monday 25th of April 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? yc : 01. What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? The work attempts to present an oriental style not known by a traditional sense. The pattern, beauty in form, and spiritual realm of the oriental stylewere interpreted in our own way before being incorporated in the creation. While the wisdomembodied by the maxim “Simple for explicating one’s ambition, quiet to go far” is echoed everywhere in the space, an allusion is also made to the traditional esthetical thought of “unity of heaven and man”. The artistic layout of a traditional landscape painting, characterized by scattered points, panorama, and suitability for both tourism and dwelling, provides inspiration to the overall space composition. To put it simply, we have tried to draw upon the traditional cultural essence and meanwhile upheld a modern principle of promoting advanced lifestyles and embracing a unity of man and his abode. .. FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? yc : We have tried to explore the traditional Chinese cultural heritage using a modern modeling language. This was done by continuing an effort to “create an image by being faithful to our own feelings” and to put Zen’s ideas into action... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? yc : We’d like an opportunity to design another work that promotes harmony between the architecture, its indoor space, and its surroundings.The idea of designing a church also occurred to us...

Oli An Olive Bowl Interview

Interview with Miguel Pinto Félix (MP), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Oli An Olive Bowl design. Oli was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Miguel Pinto Félix at Tuesday 26th of April 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? MP : I was inspired by the fruit, the olive, and redrew it, reinterpreting the shape to make it a design object, which means that it must have a practical and aesthetic function... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? MP : The objective was to create an olive bowl that would enhance the olive, so the shape itself, and also stop the pits spoiling the aesthetic aspect of the item. That was the idea behind Oli®... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? MP : Make the most of what the competition offers in terms of dissemination, promotion and commercial contacts so that Oli® reaches as many people as possible...

Pone Transparent Shell Exhibition Space Interview

Interview with Golden Ho (GH), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Pone Transparent Shell Exhibition Space design. Pone Transparent Shell was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Interior Space and Exhibition DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Golden Ho at Friday 29th of April 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? GH : Based on concepts, Transparent Shell gains inspiration from a rich variety of sequences in nature. By dissecting, extracting shell structure and restructuring, it reveals the tension of life evolution. Conch-shape helix is blended with vertical, balanced, stable and standard three-dimensional grid. Density and depth of different degrees are on one hand, in mutual erosion, harmony and coexistence and on the other hand, in antagonism, competition and conflict... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? GH : We mainly focus on how to building integration, make the city, the environment, and the space extend fuller interaction and blending, with the question we created the construction device “Transparent Shell”. This is the thought about creating and recreating, create a "function with" space, visitors could feel free to imagine the meaning of various “shell” functions. .. FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? GH : In the future design, PONE is tend to a strong personality narrative, a rich sense of material, plus the landscape like picture and delicate detail processing. According to different projects inject different thoughts, but ultimately return to the authenticity of the building, still to create the soul space, driving by human development in the right direction...

Improbable Journey Womenswear Collection Interview

Interview with Suet Yi Shirley Ko (SK), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Improbable Journey Womenswear Collection design. Improbable Journey was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Fashion, Apparel and Garment DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Suet Yi Shirley Ko at Tuesday 3rd of May 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? SK : Always think in Improbable ways is my principle for design while I believe in the improbability between cultures and arts,so journeys in my life will be my inspiration for my collection. Life is a moving on journey,every dots comes together to form a line, an infinite line to complete my design journey.By transferring the conceptual ideas through exploring the contrast of past and present, presenting the designs in constructional silhouette to achieve the unlimited boundaries of improbable design... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? SK : Focusing on the mixture of architectural structure and textile development to emphasis the idea of urban cultures of a metropolitan. From the collection, a flourishing city can be projected through the interesting colors and textile development, beside of that, urban arts and street fashion silhouette has been applied on the design to bring out the diversity of the city's cultures. There is a positive message from the collection " Every small stories from a big city create the shiniest moment, Good or bad , Poor or rich, new or old, there are no boundaries in that, live as precious as we can and be improbable to find yourself in a metropolitan.".. FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? SK : "Improbable Journey" is where my dream start, so I am going to extend the journey into an infinity idea. Launching a label with the idea of improbability to share my journeys with more dreamers in the world is my next plan. "You may say I'm a Dreamer, But I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one." This is the lyrics from "Imagine"-John Lennon and it embraced what I would like to pursue in the future for my label...

Intelligent Care Healthcare Taps & Showers Interview

Interview with Ian Thompson (IT), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Intelligent Care Healthcare Taps & Showers design. Intelligent Care was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Ian Thompson at Sunday 5th of June 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? IT : The aim was to communicate the unique functionality of the taps and showers by using a healthcare equipment approach to create a design that would elevate the range beyond utilitarian plumbing products normally found in healthcare. .. FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? IT : The products are packed with technology employing the most advanced digital thermostatic water control valve and it's one of the key features of the design in the fight against infection control in healthcare. Challenging ourselves to balance the high technology valve with a user experience that is approachable and intuative to first time users was a big focus. For the taps we created a new interface that is both touchless and touch activated to accommodate all the different user scenarios I found in the field. .. FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? IT : The Intelligent Care has attracted some really good attention from healthcare suppliers in the UK, Europe and the US. It great to get such good feedback and I have plan to leverage the technology in new configurations to solve further healthcare challenges. ..

Riutbag R15 Secure Laptop Backpack Interview

Interview with Sarah Giblin (SG), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Riutbag R15 Secure Laptop Backpack design. Riutbag R15 was a 2015 - 2016 period Platinum A' Fashion and Travel Accessories DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Sarah Giblin at Friday 21st of October 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? SG : In 2012, I realised that the conventional backpack design was causing extra stress and worry when you travel through a busy city, as so many people do. The problem? The person behind you can get into your backpack more easily than you can. So I decided to turn the backpack round exactly the opposite way. In March 2014 I left my job with my sketches to I remove all the zips off the outside of backpacks and put them against your back. I call this the RiutBag.. FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? SG : I'm a life-long backpack user and commuter. That's my only qualification I have never studied design. In 2012, I realised that the conventional backpack design was causing extra stress and worry when you travel through a busy city, as so many people do. The problem? The person behind you can get into your backpack more easily than you can. So I decided to turn the backpack round exactly the opposite way. In March 2014 I left my job with my sketches to I remove all the zips off the outside of backpacks and put them against your back. I call this the RiutBag: the secure, backwards backpack. It's designed for all real commuters and city travellers who want piece of mind wherever they are. I made the RiutBag with the help of over 2,500 city travellers. How? On crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Thanks to them I now have a living breathing startup and there are RiutBag users in cities all over the world. I now run a one-person startup shipping RiutBags globally every day from www.riut.co.uk. It's tough, but it's worth it to know that RiutBag users feel more secure, confident and calm every day. .. FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? SG : My quest is this: To turn the world's backpacks around, so we all travel with calm and confidence. I believe if we all feel secure when we travel, the world will be a better place for us and those around us. Lower stress, less suspicion, less hostility and more adaption to our new urban world. Riut, the name of my one-person startup, stands for Revolution in user thinking. I'm going to keep asking RiutBag users and travellers to take my surveys so I can keep upgrading the RiutBag to solve the travel problems of today and tomorrow. ..

Reflect Dynamic Brand Identity Interview

Interview with Afeef Zaman (AZ), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Reflect Dynamic Brand Identity design. Reflect was a 2014 - 2015 period Platinum A' Graphics and Visual Communication DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Afeef Zaman at Saturday 28th of February 2015: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? AZ : The primary inspiration for the project came from the idea of exploring a core ethos of music and devising a way of creating a brand identity that is deeply interlinked with that. Music is constantly chaotic and evolving, but always personal. It transcends barriers—both temporal and spatial (cultural). Always flowing with glimpses of novel meaning. Each moment, each place adds a new shade to this cavalcade of cascading tunes; telling us a different tale every time. We attempted to capture these self-reflective momentary tales of music and represent them in design motifs inspired from the form of “Rorschach blots”... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? AZ : The project is still ongoing. It was part of the new brand identity by Dj Sarhi. .. FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept? AZ : Development of the project started in September 2014 and finished in December 2014. Development was done entirely in Dhaka, Bangladesh; printing and circulation of promotional materials were done in respective cities where the album was launched...

Tactica One Bottle Opener Interview

Interview with Michael Chijoff (MC), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Tactica One Bottle Opener design. Tactica One was a 2014 - 2015 period Platinum A' Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Michael Chijoff at Sunday 15th of March 2015: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? MC : We wanted to create a new way for people to experience their premium drinking moments. All too often sub standard bottle openers are used distracting from what should be a moment to cherish. The Tactica One was designed to reconnect users with the their premium experience from the moment they pick it up... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? MC : The aim was to create a precision tool that merged technology and design. The design had to be unique in appearance whilst delivering functional performance time and time again. Ultimately it needed to perfectly marry with the premium drinking experience... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? MC : Currently the Tactica One is aimed at release through a variety of premium design outlets worldwide. In addition due to the ability to do in mold branding we are also focusing on select partnerships with premium corporate brands...

Chirming Poster Interview

Interview with sook ko (sk), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Chirming Poster design. Chirming was a 2014 - 2015 period Platinum A' Graphics and Visual Communication DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with sook ko at Saturday 25th of April 2015: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? sk : I believe that good design is a universal language which is easily accessible and communicable in daily lives. Thus, I'm interested in observing mundane objects, experimenting with silly but fun ideas that pop up in the process and, eventually, bringing cool facts of life to design. .. FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? sk : I'm going to start graduate school next spring.. FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration? sk : When I was young, I saw a little pretty bird on the mountain. The bird quickly flew away, leaving only sound behind. I looked up in the sky to find the bird, but all I could see was tree branches and forest. The bird kept on singing, but I had no idea where it was. I had no other choice than to mimic the sound of the bird and ask my dad the name of the bird. My dad used to tell me which bird it was. From very young, bird was the tree branches and big forest to me. This experience made me to visualize the sound of birds like forest...