Interview with designer Webber (Ping-Chun) Chen (WC), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Metric-Ganic Sculptural Bench.

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Interview with Webber (Ping-Chun) Chen at Wednesday 16th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
WC : Metric-Ganic Chen explores the notion of how civilization imprints knowledge and how humans have shaped the earth to create culture and history - through this lens, the sculptural bench is explored via the study of natural and mathematical patterns. Differentiating between inorganic and organic forms, the origami appearance of the timber is a representation of human knowledge based on mathematical calculations, which contrasts with the natural grain of the white oak representing the forest and earth.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
WC : Trying to have both emotional and physical interaction with viewers.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
WC : I would like to find a great buyer that can provide my design a good home.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
WC : Half year.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
WC : It was designed for school course, but the design was something that i had in mind and always wanted to pursuit.

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?
WC : I own all rights for my design and intended to sell it to a good buyer.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
WC : School course for furniture design.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
WC : Yes, my school Lecturer Natasha Perkins, Con-di designer Mr. Ni, Lisa and Viva.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
WC : Metric-Ganic means the combination of Geometric and Organic forms.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
WC : Pencil and paper.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
WC : Celebrating the purely of White Oak and enjoy the bench that rocks.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
WC : Yes, My school's Lnterior Lecturer Natasha Perkins, Con-di furniture designer Mr. Ni, Lisa and Viva.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
WC : 3D Routering was the technology that crave the pattern on the timber panels.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
WC : No, It is more of an express of my own emotions

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
WC : The making. Shipping.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
WC : Because my school asked me to consider as an option to publish my work.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
WC : Metric-Ganic is my first time experience making a furniture, I was required to learn every step through out the make of the design.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
WC : no.