Interview with designer Ammar Kalo (AK), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Stratum Folding Chair.

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Interview with Ammar Kalo at Tuesday 16th of September 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
AK : The main idea was to design a chair that consists of two interlocking parts. Its formal qualities express that moment of connection between the seat and the back.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
AK : Seeking low-volume production after some tweaking and minor changes based on feedback from the current prototype.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
AK : Designing this chair took about a month.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
AK : I was interested in the practice of carving interlocking religious book stands from a single plank of wood.

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?
AK : The design prototype was produced by myself, but it would be great if another company buys the production rights.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
AK : It started as a project to learn how to operate a 5-axis industrial CNC milling machine.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
AK : The works of Hector Guimard, Antoni Gaudi, and Daniel Widrig.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
AK : Contemporary design enthusiasts.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
AK : Stratum is the plural of the word Strata, a clearly defined layer, which refers to the striated section of laminated plywood.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
AK : Lots of sketching, 3d printed scale models,McNeel Rhino, and T-Splines for Rhino

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
AK : Technology played a very important role in this particular design. The chair was milled using a computer controlled milling machine and was also digitally modeled on 3d CAD software.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
AK : Finding a delicate balance between the limits of the milling machine and design compromises.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
AK : Its an exciting opportunity to share my work with a larger audience.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
AK : I learned a lot about digital fabrication, working with plywood, and producing a finished product.