Interview with designer Mario J Lotti (ML), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Cocktail Table.

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Interview with Mario J Lotti at Saturday 9th of March 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
ML : It is to create a beautiful cocktail table that doesn't take over a room while also being compatible with a number of different design styles. Cocktail tables are often in the middle of a room or grouping of furniture so they are often in full view and can easily be a focal point.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
ML : I wanted to create a very interesting table to look at and interact with, up close and from afar - something beautiful and interesting that would not "take over" the room as a centerpiece, but rather "complete" the design of a space

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
ML : I would like to see this table go into production - I think it would do well in the world market.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
ML : To design the table and construct the prototype it took approximately 2 months.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
ML : The design was auto inspired. A big part of the inspiration for the design for this table was an experiment to test a theory about how designers successfully handle a design challenge and achieve certain results. The theory is that a designer goes through certain stages in the development of a design for something specific - not only the technical steps in developing a design, but also the personal, emotional or mental part. By realizing this and intentionally practicing each step, a design may be achieved more quickly and the results more unified rather than appearing as an assemblage of parts.

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?
ML : I would like to sell or lease the production rights.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
ML : I wanted to test a theory and to design a beautiful and interesting cocktail table that was also a knock down product seem to be a good challenge to test the theory.

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

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
ML : international mass market, specialty design, designer

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
ML : It is knock down, meaning it can be purchased flat packed and carried home and then easily assembled. While the table is interesting to look as is is, the multi levels below the top are good for using the table as a display case. Artifacts can be placed on the levels below the glass top or a bowl of floors placed on the bottom square to give the table a different appearance.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
ML : It is a standardized name.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
ML : For this design, I used good old fashioned drafting table with a parallel edge, vellum, pencils and my mind.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
ML : The design and all of it's capabilities and qualities that make it a truly unique and outstanding piece of furniture

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
ML : Yes, Me

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
ML : The fasteners that hold it together. They are under further development presently

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
ML : Only about the design process - the personal process a designer goes through when confronted with a challenging design problem that is to achieve a specific result.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
ML : Design of the fasteners.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
ML : I thought it worthy of recognition and that I would use it to generate international and local interest in my work.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
ML : The theory I tested was proven. I now apply it when confronted with difficult design challenges