Interview with designer Juergen Josef Goetzmann (JG), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Xifix-One Chair, Stacking Chair.

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Interview with Juergen Josef Goetzmann at Monday 11th of March 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
JG : Principle: To design a chair according to the philosophy of the Bauhaus - to use soft and fluent forms in accordance with Feng Shui - to integrate functions - - - Stacking chair - nesting as group chair or bench - corner chair. Idea: To develop a chair rack, consisting of one piece including th back rest. Inspiration: To find a form as a tribute to my hometown wich has a pyramid and a fan as an emblem - - - Chair rack as a pyramid - seat and back rest as a fan.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
JG : Few components - simple dismantling and exchange of the components without the use of tools - variable exchange of seat and back rest for a use indoors and outdoors - changing designs - protection by the parts themselves without screws and nuts - - - back rest secures seat against falling out.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
JG : To find a company which will produce and distribute my chair.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
JG : The concept is not finished yet. At present I am developing a supplement by armrests - a construction of seat and armrest consisting of one piece of pipe.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
JG : To develop and design a chair means to assert oneself in the highest level of design. I was pursuing 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?
JG : I plan to sell or lease my product.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
JG : Ambition.

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

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
JG : Everybody, who enjoys design.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
JG : The minimum of seperate parts and fixing parts.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
JG : The name - xifix - is my pseudonym - - - Juergen Goetzmann - alias xifix - the one man group - - - one - it is my first chair

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
JG : Wire

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
JG : The most unique aspect is that all my diverse requirements were realized in an elegant and filigree design.

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

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
JG : To reduce the technology to a minimum.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
JG : No

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
JG : The chair had to work with this particular form.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
JG : To win an international design competition, which was tendered by Italy the mother country of design, would be my greatest fulfilment.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
JG : In order to take part in this competition I had to learn a new CAD program, a shadow-construction-program.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
JG : No - but I like to use this possibility to express thanks for the professional tendering and support of this competition.