Interview with designer Steinn Sigurðsson (SS), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Kaos Coffee Table.

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Interview with Steinn Sigurðsson at Tuesday 15th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
SS : My intention was to create a table that could be looked at as a freestanding sculpture but is still a fully functional table for TV lounges or a sofa table. This table should have a convenient hight (42 cm) and with a shelf for magazines and remote controls and not be a regular square shape, but rather abstract pattern shape with multyform which makes it look smaller than it actually is (136 cm). That way it looks compact and is easy to go around, for instance where space is limited. My second challenge was to use novelty assembly and in this case the table is held together with only two circular nuts and two rod-legs making the assembly time only about three minutes.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
SS : Recently sofa tables have become lower and lower from the floor, some only 15-20 cm high - and I find this trend unacceptible where the usage is very limited. I feel that a table should be at least 40 cm heigh but it is a challenge to make it trendy even if it is 42 cm heigh and 136 cm in length. The challenge is to let it look compact although the table is rather big. I tried to adopt a sculpture form to the Kaos table and that way made it completely different from the traditional tables.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
SS : I am interested in finding a production and sale channel in Europe.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
SS : Few days, may be a week.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
SS : The idea came up when a friend needed a TV lounge table, but in a space that was limited.

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?
SS : I am looking for a producer and sale channel.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
SS : To make a table that had something new and fresh and was completely original

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
SS : No, all my work is original

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
SS : Consumers that appreciate modern furnitures

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
SS : There are many tables in the world but I think I can claim that the concept of the Kaos table is very original and just mine.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
SS : Kaos is the name of this table and frankly I think it can stand up to the name Kaos - because of all the different shapes and surprise elements in one table.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
SS : I use big sheets of paper and different kinds of pensils and led sticks to improvise my thoughts.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
SS : Form and function.The Kaos table can be looked at as a free standing sculpture but is fully functional, and that is what makes my design unique

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
SS : I am in close contat with skilled prototyype maker and we discuss production apportunitie and cost.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
SS : A new water cut technique was used to cut out the different shapes of the table.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
SS : I stay very much in touch with the new trends in what is going on and sometimes I find inspiration in sporting goods such as boots and shoes

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
SS : The different angles in the shapes of the Kaos table made it a high precision job both in drawing and making it

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
SS : When me and my colleague saw the Kaos table finished and in its place we realized it was something very special and unique. We liked to share it with the world, so to speak, and at that time we came across the ADesignAward and sized the opportunity to get this very special creation noticed.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
SS : It wasn´t until the Kaos table was finished I found the effect on me and I was inspired by its appearance and it has been encouraging for next projects.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
SS : No thank you, I think this has been thorough