Interview with designer Takayas Mizuno (TM), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Bamboo Diamond Bracelet Jewelry.

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Interview with Takayas Mizuno at Wednesday 18th of April 2012: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
TM : The design was inspired by bamboo because bamboo is hollow and I could see the two different shapes within the bamboo when cut in an angle. I used that difference within the bamboo to shape the external design.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
TM : I wanted to achieve the hollow space as part of the main design, not the metal parts, but the hollowness-the opening.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
TM : Would like to sell the royalty rights for high-end speciality stores.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
TM : Two to three days.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
TM : Decided to pursue 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?
TM : The plan is to sell or lease the production rights.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
TM : I wanted something unique for the competition and drew from my background.

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

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
TM : Women, and fashion shows

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
TM : It's unique in design and futuristic vision of style.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
TM : Bamboo Diamond Bracelet - The design was inspired by bamboo.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
TM : CAD technology

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
TM : The external and internal architecture that is naturally seen in bamboo, but extending it to a futuristic design using technology.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
TM : No one.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
TM : The role of technology was the use of design and CAD for the three dimensional aspect.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
TM : No, it was inspired by natural Bamboo.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
TM : The biggest challenge was how to recreate the design from the computer model to the actual bracelet. The design had to be created in a way that the casting would be able to build the whole bracelet in parts and still maintain the integrity of the unique structure and shape.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
TM : Researched the most highly considered competitions for international accessability and distribution.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
TM : My skills become more sharpened as I created more technically difficult designs. This bracelet was a challenge because of the what I wanted to achieve, and that was the mixture of the external and internal shape of bamboo.