Eternity Urban Bench Interview

Interview with George Drakakis (GD), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Eternity Urban Bench design. Eternity was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Street Furniture DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with George Drakakis at Tuesday 15th of April 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? GD : The main principle behind this design is the “just Drop & Forget” concept. Short-speaking, it’s an attempt to redefine the “Urban Bench” object, literally from the ground. The basic characteristics of the concept is: Hassle-free installation process and Modularity. The concept consists of modules; the final composition requires the repetition of a basic unit and in this particular case, two robust, heavy-weight units are just dropped in their final position, without affecting in any pre-existing infra-structures that is common in an urban environment, eliminating installation costs. Of course there is always the advantage of re-positioning. .. FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? GD : The main focus was to achieve continuity and balance between two identical units, from an artistic point of view. One unit cannot exist without the other, and furthermore the combination of two units is not stable without a carefully balanced weight distribution. It’s all about action and counter-action. This design took “just drop & forget” concept one step forward... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? GD : I would like to see it realized and people getting the most out of it...

Eco Furs Convertible Coat Interview

Interview with Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert (HM), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Eco Furs Convertible Coat design. Eco Furs was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Fashion, Apparel and Garment DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Heli Miikkulainen-Gilbert at Friday 19th of February 2016: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? HM : I wanted to create animal friendly furs i.e. faux furs that are also environment friendly. I also wanted to prove that intelligent i.e. functional and everyday wearable clothing can feel and look fabulous! .. FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? HM : To create garments for busy ladies, like myself, who travel lots especially with airlines and don't have any interest in paying high baggage fees or spending time for queuing at the airports. Also my pieces are to serve working mothers who don't have time and money to shop different coat for every hour of a cooler day. In addition to creating intelligent and ecological furs I wanted, by creating tufted garments, to add versatility to the use of a hundreds of years old crafts technique that still today is mainly used to create flat wall decors and floor rugs only. .. FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? HM : I'm working on finding a few suitable retailers for this coat and the whole collection, I am also looking to expand my clientele for bespoke pieces...

Botella De Vino Series of Spanish Wines Interview

Interview with Valerii Sumilov (VS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Botella De Vino Series of Spanish Wines design. Botella De Vino was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Packaging DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Valerii Sumilov at Thursday 10th of April 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? VS : I was inspired by the possibility of communicating a complex, voluminous and extensive idea through a minimal and original set of expressive elements. The possibility of using a limited color scheme and put a stronger emphasis on post-printing techniques... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? VS : The primary focus for this work was creating a unique and original design for a Spanish wine label, which is traditionally very bright, vivid and artistic. I wanted to keep the same level of expressiveness but to depict it in a very different way... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? VS : The plan is to see the product sold successfully and enjoyed by as many people as possible...

The Sunshine The Brooch Interview

Interview with Victor A. Syrnev (VA), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning The Sunshine The Brooch design. The Sunshine was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Victor A. Syrnev at Monday 14th of April 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? VA : Presented to the jury work brooch "Ray of the Sun" , is part of the " Emperor Nicholas Romanov - Russia , the Urals, Destiny ." Project - this art event - show featuring unique jewelry and objects created for the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in Russia. Actually, all that was connected with the family of Emperor Nicholas II and was the inspiration behind the design. Each of the jobs created just 25 ornaments and objects , specifically addressed to the representative of the family of Nicholas II , or an important event in the life of a family , or is associated with historical events in Russia and the Urals... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? VA : Brooch «Sunshine» devoted to the youngest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II - Anastasia. It is known that ... It was so much fun and so was able to disperse the wrinkles of anyone who was not in the spirit of some of the surrounding steel, recalling the nickname given to her mother at the English court, calling her «Sunshine» ... (From the book "The Emperor Nicholas II and his family, "Pierre Gilliard). On the basis of this text was based design development and selection of stones that can translate into the language of verbal image of jewelry... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? VA : Hopefully, high score, which the jury gave these works will attract attention and interest to the collection...

The Empress Ring Interview

Interview with Victor A. Syrnev (VA), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning The Empress Ring design. The Empress was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Victor A. Syrnev at Sunday 29th of December 2013: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? VA : Presented to the jury work ring " Empress " - Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and is part of the " Emperor Nicholas Romanov - Russia , the Urals, Destiny ." Project - this art event - show featuring unique jewelry and objects created for the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in Russia. Actually, all that was connected with the family of Emperor Nicholas II and was the inspiration behind the design. Each of the jobs created just 25 ornaments and objects , specifically addressed to the representative of the family of Nicholas II , or an important event in the life of a family , or is associated with historical events in Russia and the Urals... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? VA : Ring " Empress " is devoted to his wife of Emperor Nicholas II - Alexandra . She wrote in her diary : " Fill your days with love . Forget yourself and remember others. If someone needs your kindness , the kindness Prove it immediately , now. Tomorrow may be too late. If your heart yearns for words of encouragement , support - say these words today. Do something useful in every moment of his life. " Diaries and memoirs of contemporaries, the tragic fate of the Empress formed the basis for the design and selection of stones that can translate into the language of verbal image of jewelry... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? VA : Hopefully, high score, which the jury gave these works will attract attention and interest to the collection...

Nessie Urban Bench Interview

Interview with George Drakakis (GD), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Nessie Urban Bench design. Nessie was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Street Furniture DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with George Drakakis at Tuesday 15th of April 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? GD : The main principle behind this design is the “just Drop & Forget” concept. Short-speaking, it’s an attempt to redefine the “Urban Bench” object, literally right from the ground. The basic characteristics of the concept is: Hassle-free installation process and Modularity. The concept consists of a basic -organic shaped- unit; the final composition requires the repetition of the basic unit by two or three times. In any case, robust, heavy-weight units are just dropped in their final position, without affecting in any pre-existing infra-structures of an urban environment, eliminating installation costs. Of course there is always the advantage of re-positioning... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? GD : The main focus was to get something meaningful out of the repetition of a basic unit and at the same time, to achieve a balance of volumes of the final composition, from an artistic point of view. One unit cannot exist without the other(s). Part of the properties of one unit is passed to another, (i.e the backrest of unit A is actually the backrest of unit B). It’s all about Continuity in fragments. Emphasis on continuity, cause fragments are meaningless without referring to a “bigger picture”... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? GD : I would like to see it realized and people getting the most out of it...

Et Cetera Merlot Exclusive Quality Wine Interview

Interview with Valerii Sumilov (VS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Et Cetera Merlot Exclusive Quality Wine design. Et Cetera Merlot was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Packaging DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Valerii Sumilov at Tuesday 15th of April 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? VS : We had to create a unique concept, and on the other - to communicate the idea behind the trademark in an effective and original manner. When brainstorming on the idea I came up with the final conceptual solution, the rest was rather simple. The highlight of this design is the trademark's name, which is represented through the ellipsis sign. From there on it was all about the balance of elements and setting proper accents by applying different printing techniques. .. FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? VS : The task was to create a stylish and minimalistic design that would make the product stand out on the shelves. Assuming that these are expensive quality wines, we also had to create the feeling of exclusivity through an original and unusual design. Besides, the project also required its own product placement, a concept that would be completely different from what the other local winemakers had to offer... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? VS : The future is very promissing - the product is already present on the shelves and it enjoys good sales. Which is what this design was aimed for...

Icon E-Flyer Electric Bicycle Interview

Interview with Jonathan Ward (JW), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Icon E-Flyer Electric Bicycle design. Icon E-Flyer was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Jonathan Ward at Monday 3rd of March 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? JW : To integrate the best EV tech and functionality with a fluid and traditional bike aesthetic... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? JW : As a team, we really felt that the majority of electric bikes looked like science projects, with design value being an afterthought, at best. So as with all ICON projects, we strove to pay tribute to transportation design history, while integrating the best of modern tech. .. FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? JW : As the initial launch of 50 units are almost sold out, we plan to continue to design variants on the theme, including an art deco inspired bike, an enduro inspired bike, and many more!..

Ajorí Cruet. Condiment Container Interview

Interview with Carlos Jimenez Perez & Pilar Balsalobre (C&), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Ajorí Cruet. Condiment Container design. Ajorí was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Carlos Jimenez Perez & Pilar Balsalobre at Friday 21st of March 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? C& : Ajorí is the first piece of a collection named “NATURA IMITATIS”. The source of inspiration came from the patient study and interpretation of different natural elements that eventually started suggesting a number of design concepts. We managed to fit the Ajorí into a biomimetic design, inspired by the natural shape of the garlic... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? C& : Our main objective is to integrate an esthetic and functional background on every aspect that integrates the design. We pretend to make the shape and function clear, simple, universal and this among a high esthetic aspect. Finally, we associate a Spanish character to our design line of functional products for the table and kitchen. On the other hand, as a design studio, we want to summarize in one design piece, our philosophy "NATURA IMITATIS": - The pieces of each design, and its packaging are both environmentally sustainable and are made entirely from natural, biodegradable and recyclable materials. - In its manufacturing process, we minimized energy use and pollutant emissions. - We used a mix of modern technologies, with the expert hands of master craftsmen which used ancient techniques, many of these ancestral. - The design piece, works well in a metaphorical level, as a bottle thrown into the ocean with a message inside: the future of humanity lies in the imitation of nature. .. FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? C& : Our next step with this design is a global commercialization, but mainly we want it to serve as a first example of the line of designs collection "NATURA IMITATIS", inspired by nature. ..

Seven Chakras Multifunctional Experience Pavilion Interview

Interview with Qiang Shen (QS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Seven Chakras Multifunctional Experience Pavilion design. Seven Chakras was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Interior Space and Exhibition DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Qiang Shen at Friday 4th of April 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? QS : Seven Chakras(Base Chakra, Navel Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, Crown Chakra, Brahma Chakra). It seems like a meditating person in the space plane, and the seven pillars in this plane just accord with the seven chakras of human body. .. FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? QS : The plane is planed according to the seven chakras. Base Chakra, Navel Chakra and Heart Chakra called the Desire Realm. In the area, where the three pillars locate, planed as teahouses or exhibition just about tea. So it could be called” the Enlightenment with Tea”. Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra called the Form Realm. And in this area, where the three pillars locate, planed as meditation section. Brahma Chakra called Supreme Realm. And the area, where the relevant pillar located, planed as” Meditation”. There are seven sentences in the first paragraph of the “Peripatetic Journey”, which was written by ancient Chinese ideologist, Zhuangzi, are also discuss about the change of human body, when people fall into the meditation. The seven sentences are in line with the seven chakras of human body and the seven pillars of the plane... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? QS : Carry forward the Chinese culture..

Echinoctius Series of Exclusive Wines Interview

Interview with Valerii Sumilov (VS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Echinoctius Series of Exclusive Wines design. Echinoctius was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Packaging DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Valerii Sumilov at Thursday 10th of April 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? VS : The main concept behind this design is the product itself, it's unique character and the idea at its core. The unity of day and night, light and dark - this was the main source of inspiration for this design... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? VS : My main goal was reflecting the concept of Equinox (Echinoctius) through the design by making the wine label an extension of the product's main idea. I wanted to reflect the contrast and unity of two opposites in an organic, balanced fashion... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? VS : I wish for this design and product to gain the recognition they truly deserve...

Food Feeder Plus Food Feeder Interview

Interview with Justin Cheung (JC), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Food Feeder Plus Food Feeder design. Food Feeder Plus was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Baby, Kids' and Children's Products DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Justin Cheung at Friday 11th of April 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? JC : Food Feeder Plus is a feeding essential that developed to let little ones safely and independently explore new tastes and textures at early age 6 months without the risk of choking. Its innovative yet simple design gives babies a head start toward a lifetime of healthy eating. It also helps developing babies’ fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? JC : We would like to encourage self-feeding, reduce the risk of choking and introduce a safe and easy way to use the product. As the appearance of Food Feeder Plus looks like a teether, babies will find it easy and familiar when using it... FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design? JC : We hope to introduce Food Feeder Plus to all the babies and parents all around the world as self-feeding could be easy and convenience with numerous advantages...

Double Tree by Hilton, Chinchwad, India Business Hotel Interview

Interview with Ketan Jawdekar (KJ), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning Double Tree by Hilton, Chinchwad, India Business Hotel design. Double Tree by Hilton, Chinchwad, India was a 2013 - 2014 period Golden A' Hospitality, Recreation, Travel and Tourism DesignAward Winner.

 
 
 
 

Interview with Ketan Jawdekar at Sunday 13th of April 2014: FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design? KJ : The owners wanted us to design a business hotel with its tasteful blend of contemporary and chic décor. The hotel that would offer guests impeccable service and warm hospitality in an enviable location. Owners also wanted to have various dining options for local patrons as well. Taking advantage of available space and going vertical immerged the concept of Simple yet Elegant... FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve? KJ : Emphasis was given on the optimum utilization of space and the vertical connection was established via elevators and staircases designed at the extreme ends. The circulation of Guest and the service areas were planned keeping in mind that there will not be crossing at any point. Spilt levels were introduced in design to take advantage of most of the available space. .. FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept? KJ : The concept evolution started in year 2008. There was lot of exchange of ideas and possible alternatives were worked out to come up with the most suitable and practical solution. Construction started in 2009 and the project got operational in 2013...