Interview with designer ATHANASIA LEIVADITOU (AL), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design 1, 6 S.m. of Life Desk Convertible to Bed.

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Interview with ATHANASIA LEIVADITOU at Friday 20th of May 2011: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
AL : The main concept was to comment the fact that our lives are shrinking in order to fit into the confined space of our office. Eventually I realised that each civilisation may have a very different perception of things depending on its social context. For example this desk could be used for a siesta or for a few hours of sleeping at night between deadlines.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
AL : Creating a desk convertible to bed that would not demand extra space.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
AL : About a month (concept and construction).

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
AL : It was an inspiration that came from exhausting working hours of my classmates that did not have an apartment close to the university.

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
AL : No, my design is not produced or used by another company.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
AL : The fact that my classmates were putting chairs together in order to take a nap during the night at the graduate school.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
AL : No.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
AL : University/ college students and working people from different fields of activity.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
AL : The desk that can be converted into a bed alludes to the hectic schedule of the contemporary working man. To get some rest during the day (or even during the night) is a luxury. The prototype is 2,00 meters long and 0,80 meter wide (1,6 s.m.).

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
AL : 3D and 2D design software.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
AL : The combination of two totally opposite functions (work and rest) in one object.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
AL : I collaborated with a technician (without specialized skills) in order to construct the protoype.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
AL : I tried to use low tech mechanisms in order to reduce the cost of production.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
AL : No, it was an experience that was "converted" into an object.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
AL : Simple mechanisms and low cost of production.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
AL : I realised that sometimes the "simpler" the design it is the harder to be created.