Interview with designer Claudio Sibille (CS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Ludovico Office Drawer, Chair & Desk Combo.

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Interview with Claudio Sibille at Wednesday 18th of April 2012: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
CS : Space saving furniture, as in most of my projects. I once visited a very well know little castle in Montevideo known as the Pittamiglio´s caste. Pittamiglio was a very known and important arquitect. He was also an alchemist, and as such, his mansion was filled with hidden doors and secret rooms. He also used and abused with the use of wooden structures. I wanted to create something like a synthesis of this place while keeping a contemporary visual feel to it.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
CS : I wanted to surprise. Space saving furniture can be fun also. It´s very interesting to see the reaction of the people when I extract the chair out of the main structure. No one sees it coming, it´s simple, and most of all, practical and functional.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
CS : Whatever the future holds for it. I hope it can reach as much people as possible.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
CS : Just wanted to pursuit an inspiration.

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?
CS : Right now, i´m dealing with the production myself but it would be very nice to lease the production right to somebody else so i can spend my time designing.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
CS : Not really. Not in a consious level anyway.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
CS : All people who live in small space. Also students that might live in university campus and don´t have room to spare.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
CS : Pencil, paper, Autocad and 3D Studio. In that exact order.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
CS : I i spent hours and days searching in magazines, web sites and collecting hundreds of space saving solutions. This helped me be creative and original.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
CS : I thought it would be a very effective way to reach more people and possible clients.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
CS : I learned a lot about technical aspects of the material used and wood craft in general. The relationship one develops with a carpented of a smithy is very useful for the designer, since it helps understand more and in the future prevent possible errors. I love being there, and watching the building process of each and everyone of my designs.