Interview with designer Mario J Lotti (ML), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Birdie's Lounge Golf Club Lounge.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Interview with Mario J Lotti at Tuesday 15th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
ML : To bring the golf course into the lounge and at the same time create a cool respite from the hot sun and heat outside. Create a space that was not sedate, but lively, and reminded the golfer of the game just played in a comfortable way.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
ML : To design a space with a suitable environment for the Montgomerie Links Golf Club that satisfies the need functionally and will be a place people enjoy and will return after their next visit to the course. The project had to be completed in 6 weeks.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
ML : The bar had to be designed, construction completed, furnished and ready to operate in 6 weeks. It took 3 days to design the concept and produce the design presentation. The construction drawings were completed 2 weeks into the short construction process. The first issued construction drawings were of the bar and furniture 3 days after concept. the construction started immediately following, the contractors were already on site working in other areas of the building to complete to the same deadline. Construction completed on time including furniture.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
ML : The expansive views of the beautiful golf greens, the big blue sky, golf, the 3 sided glass box with a commanding view of the course were my inspiration. I wanted the environment to respond to a golfer after a long game in the hot sun. For this reason the space is more vibrant than subdued while still being relaxing - like a lively reminder of the game just played. The design also had to "cooperate" with the other finished interior spaces and design of the building. The design was commissioned.

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 : The bar is completed and presently in use at the Montgomerie Links Golf Club for a few years now.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
ML : Local and international players at the golf club and their families.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
ML : The bar design is of interest. To complete the construction of the bar quickly, the back lit yellow onyx bar cladding is attached to a brick masonry bar carcass with one bolt that also serves as an ornamental stud on the stone. Every other slab over laps the other and a bead of silicone prevents them from moving while also preventing light leak. By constructing in this manner, tolerances for construction are more forgiving, which hastened construction.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
ML : The biggest challenge was completing the design and construction on time. To accomplish the task, the design was considered as parts that could be manufactured off site while other works occurred simultaneously on site. The parts manufactured off site were designed to be installed quickly with areas to take up tolerances built into the design. There was also the challenge of keeping the contractors and suppliers moving at a quick pace. Through the process, we went through three chair mock ups before manufacturing them on time.