Interview with designer Ivan Paul Abanilla (IA), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Ergo-Table For Bed Attachable Swing-Away Table.

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Interview with Ivan Paul Abanilla at Monday 11th of March 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
IA : The main idea is to build a table adaptable to the user needs. Which is giving the best idea, solution and realization of the problem. In certain situations, we get the need to improve.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
IA : My main focus is to perform a solution adept to existing configurations of lounge/bed and comfort chairs. But mainly is to have my own working table to replace the wooden chair I am using.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
IA : To provide further development and have the idea realize.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
IA : It took me 1 year and 7 months from idea to concept.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
IA : I designed this product to fit my needs as my room doesn't fit a proper working table and also identify certain ergonomic problem. Often times we use a stool or a chair beside the table. Which i do.

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?
IA : Currently it has not been produced but to be worked on that direction. Yes, I am planning to lease the production rights but would depend on the market area.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
IA : Due to the need and promote continuous improvement.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
IA : Day to day activities have somehow brought up the design concept up to now. Working with design oriented colleagues have added up some influences.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
IA : The design idea would fit well on consumer and personal use since it is mostly having the same needs in relation to comfort.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
IA : Different approach in providing solution which is more to hands free use and operation.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
IA : The name Ergo-Table describes more of the objective which is human form function.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
IA : Use of sketches and CAD software.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
IA : The no. of features which are usable to aid its function in ergonomics.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
IA : As it is more on the design conceptual stage, more towards my close friends and family on sharing the idea.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
IA : Validating the design, and getting the proof of concept in its track.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
IA : Data gathered was more on individuals preference and more or less similar problem which will improve ergonomic needs of the user.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
IA : Challenges is more on integrating the design into having a single/whole part with the bed.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
IA : By having to realize that the design/idea would be suitable to others and get some feed backs.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
IA : Learning the importance of moving forward thru hardships.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
IA : Yes, One thing I would like to add is to thank my family, somehow I want to share this award to them. and I want to give acknowledgement. Thanks.