Interview with designer Wouter van Riet Paap (Wv), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Tavolo Livelli Table.

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Interview with Wouter van Riet Paap at Monday 14th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
Wv : The main principle is to keep things simple yet sophisticated. The Tavolo Livelli was designed to create extra space for storage in my rather small house. And since you need a table anyway, why not use the otherways spoiled space under the table.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
Wv : Most important was to keep the table exciting. I did this by placing the table legs under 45 degrees and cutting their front under 45 degrees again, this way all faces are exactly 25 mm in view.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
Wv : I have already created a prototype which actually functions as my own diningtable. Also, I am working with a carpenter to have the table produced, after which it will be available for purchase.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
Wv : I have been working on it for half a year. That might seem long now, since it looks so simple. But especially the details - keeping all faces of the same thickness - and the strength toot some time.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
Wv : This table is the direct result of my own need for a table and a shortage of space to store items like my laptop. I always like to be inspired by things/problems in my own surroundings.

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?
Wv : I intent to produce my work myself, but I am open to other constructions.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
Wv : As an architect I am always going for designs that look simple. But in architecture, simpleness is often hard to achieve. This principle of keeping things simple is my inspiration in everything I design. Another inspiration is the fact that we spoil so much space: why not use the space under our table?

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
Wv : Not in particular.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
Wv : Everyone who would like to have a beautiful table. Especially those that could need some extra space to store things.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
Wv : Simplicity combined with usefulness

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
Wv : Tavolo Livelli is Italian for layered table. Because it is a layered table and Italian sounds better than Dutch.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
Wv : First I designed by hand and with SketchUp, later with AutoCad and 3D printing.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
Wv : The two tabletops and how they are connected through the diagonally placed legs.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
Wv : I work with local carpenters to create the first prototypes.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
Wv : 3D printing played an important role in prototyping.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
Wv : Not in particular.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
Wv : Keeping the table strong without making the faces to thick.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
Wv : I think the design is so refined that international designers recognise the effort that went into keeping it so simple.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
Wv : Every design leads to ideas for my next design. It is an endless process.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
Wv : No thank you