Interview with designer Markus Fuerderer (MF), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Cubeoled Luminaire.

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Interview with Markus Fuerderer at Monday 6th of January 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
MF : Depth, Transparency and Contrast - Cubeoled interprets these fundamentals of visible light in a pure, subtle, monolithic design.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
MF : Concept: 1 Half-Marathon (~100 Minutes); Visuals: 1 week; Prototype (mock-up): 1 month;

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
MF : When activated, the integral array transforms this transparent monolith into an omni-directional light source.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
MF : self explanatory: cube + OLED = cubeoled

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
MF : 12 transparent organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels are arranged in an orthogonal coordinate system and laminated in between 8 optical/clear crystal glass cubes. Via transparent circuit paths applied on the inner glass surfaces, the assembled OLED panels inside the resin-laminated monolith are supplied with electricity.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
MF : The research for this project was focused on the use of existing transparent OLED panels for illumination purposes. To date there aren't any luminaires existing that are based on transparent OLED technology.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
MF : The most challenging part of purist/minimalist designs are the details: In this case, it is the technology of minimizing the visible parts of circuit paths and OLED bezels.