Interview with designer Marie Laurent (ML), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Penthouse 59 Residential Penthouse.

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Interview with Marie Laurent at Tuesday 15th of April 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
ML : open space, minimalist and full of charactere

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
ML : to bring the outside inside

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
ML : a first of many

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
ML : 3 weeks

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
ML : i believe an open space and minimalist design was the only approach for such a volume and location. it just enhance every perspectives

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?
ML : no

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
ML : I would say that penthouse design became my specialty. I love working with these volumes.

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

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
ML : the client and his friends

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
ML : I believe its unique location is part of the design. the layout has been designed for it. it is a very unique place

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
ML : 59th floor

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
ML : my 3 pencils and my note book as a start

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
ML : we have only 3 doors. all full height on pivoting system. they become part of the design detail.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
ML : civile engineers

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
ML : engineering for the minimalist aspect

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
ML : no

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
ML : the time line. we have to realised this project in a very short time.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
ML : I believe this project is outstanding and deserve international exposure.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
ML : every project is different. you learn more at every stage.

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