Interview with designer Rachelle Dagñalan (RD), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Musketeers Stools.

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Interview with Rachelle Dagñalan at Sunday 7th of April 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
RD : I usually get design inspirations from nature, everyday objects and forms that catch my eye, then I turn them into something useful. The inspiration for Musketeers came from an unusual wireframe streetlight.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
RD : Combine function with art, bold yet simple.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
RD : Musketeers is soon to be prototyped, and will be available for purchase soon.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
RD : I would take note of an idea the moment it gets to my head. Sketch it or do it in 3d, visualize it. Then turn it to its tangible form.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
RD : Inspirations move us. I just got inspired then got the urge to make it.

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?
RD : I plan to get it manufactured and be available to the market soon.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
RD : The name Musketeers, came from the classics, "The Three Musketeers." The stools have three legs, and are available in three colors, red, black, and white.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
RD : Seldom do we see stools with cushioned top, body in sturdy metal, and balances in three legs. The Musketeers has all three.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
RD : One challenge is how to keep the stool sturdy with only three legs. The material selection and technical aspects of it play an important role.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
RD : To be recognized internationally would be a great honor. Plus, you'll get to know how your designs will be appreciated from a global perspective. Getting a design award is a bonus and I am grateful for that!