Interview with designer Anushka Contractor (AC), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Conticross Work Table.

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Interview with Anushka Contractor at Saturday 26th of July 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
AC : I was asked to create a good looking tough table for a showroom. Against the idea of going typical with a solid looking base forced me to think in the opposite direction.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
AC : Being a table which could hold more than 200kgs of weight, I wanted to create something which would make everyone underestimate the strength it could hold.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
AC : I would present my design in furniture showrooms.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
AC : It took me 2 weeks to design.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
AC : As mentioned in point no. 01, I was asked to create a good looking tough table for a showroom.

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?
AC : My design is already created and displayed in the furniture showroom which was asked.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
AC : A requirement from my client to create a good looking tough table.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
AC : Only my worker helped me build it explaining the pros and cons of this design.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
AC : Anyone. As this design can be used for many types of tables.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
AC : A thin, sleek look with the soft outline for a huge size mentioned.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
AC : Contractor is my last name - Close friends call me 'Conti'. If you see the design of the table base from the bottom, it is cross-legged. So thats how the name of this design combines to make - Conticross.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
AC : I used 3D Rhinoceros for modelling and autocad for detailing it.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
AC : The cross-legged thin, sleek base.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
AC : None.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
AC : 3D for modelling.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
AC : Not really. There was an existing table base with the client. I had to get rid of that style and create something totally different but using the same material they had.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
AC : I wanted to avoid any kind of bridge support between the Metal sections but it required one at the center to hold all the weight.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
AC : I was searching for a competition online which matched the category with my design.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
AC : I learnt the balance technique.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
AC : Yes. This particular designed table can be used as work table, dining table, size table, stool, stand, pedestal, etc.