Interview with designer Pierre Cabrera (PC), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design The Admiral Stand Lamp.

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Interview with Pierre Cabrera at Monday 30th of April 2012: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
PC : The idea comes from the bow of a sailing ship.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
PC : I wanted to stay with the nautical shape (or forms) and theme using the materials that can be found on a sailing ship.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
PC : I will continue to promote it through new shows and competitions. I am very happy of this award which should help me in this direction.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
PC : Two months (creation and realization).

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
PC : It is from a personnal 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?
PC : I am currently working on a limited series. The idea to work with a company is not exluded.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
PC : Certainly but unconsciously.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
PC : I would love to see "The Admiral" on a sailing ship. This lamp can also stay on land to be installed in a contemporary or classical universe

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
PC : The mix between sculpture and light.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
PC : The pride and elegance of the shape brought quickly to the name "The Admiral".

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
PC : Pencil, paper, plasma cutting tool, TIG welding tool, files, polishing tool, wood tools... and my hands.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
PC : The sculptural aspect.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
PC : I worked on my own.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
PC : I used low tension current (conveyed by the structure) and LED lighting technology which offers now more and more possibilities.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
PC : I have inproved my skills on LED lighting technology. The lathed wood packaging I designed to present the lamp required some research on old sailing ship designs.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
PC : I had to really reflect and analyze the lighting shape and on the electrical connection to keep it simple with the structure that I wanted.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
PC : The time had come to promote my work and try to gain contact with other partners.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
PC : It was a joy to materialize this concept that was just an image and a feeling of the power of moving forward no matter what happens.