Interview with designer Juergen Josef Goetzmann (JG), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Xifix2base Chair-One Chair.

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Interview with Juergen Josef Goetzmann at Friday 6th of September 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
JG : My idea was to develop a seating furniture collection with a new base construction - xifix2base. The new rack-system is based on the required minimum of physics and material and allows different seating possibilities. The inspiration for xifix2base chair-one was to create a dining chair / office chair.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
JG : Slim, but comfortable - with armrests. Harmonious from all sides, also from below. Without corners.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
JG : To find a company which will produce and distribute my chair.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
JG : It took 3 month to complete this design concept, but it is still an uncompleted project because there are various seating possiblilities. xifix2base chair-two, chair-three ...

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
JG : My challenge was to develop a whole collection of chairs and armchairs based on my own rack system, according to classic metal pipe chairs.

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?
JG : I plan to sell or lease my product.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
JG : Curiosity.

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

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
JG : the average citizen.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
JG : It is a light chair - without ornamentations and additional constructions. He is intended for smaller apartments and offices. The minimized one pipe construction is immediately visible.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
JG : The name - xifix - is my pseudonym - Juergen Goetzmann - alias xifix - the one man group. xifix2base - is my second rack-system. chair-one - is my first chair in this rack-system. These working titles are a system to catalogue my designs.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
JG : Wire and plasticine.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
JG : The most unique aspect is the endless pipe construction so I created a loop form, which achieves the stability of the rack.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
JG : No.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
JG : To reduce the technology to a minimum.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
JG : The ergonomics of the chair was adapted to the physiognomy of an average person.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
JG : To form the one-pipe-rack with a loop that matches the ergonomics of man - under consideration of the esthetics and the feasibility.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
JG : To win an international design competition, which was tendered by Italy the mother country of design, would be my greatest fulfilment.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
JG : I learned that there is no end to create one-pipe-chairs. In the future I like to succeed in more artistic forms.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
JG : No - but I like to use this possibility to express thanks for the professional tendering and support of this competition.