Interview with designer Kostas Metaxas (KM), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Oasis Bathroom Sanitaryware.

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Interview with Kostas Metaxas at Saturday 13th of September 2014: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
KM : OASIS explores and celebrates the distillation of the moods, the shapes, the icons of over 30 years of travel and living in major cities distilled into a private sanctuary.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
KM : I wanted to achieve the opposite of the mainstream of bathroom design - where everything is ultra-minimal and hidden in a closet, so visiting the bathroom is like being imprisoned. Oasis is the opposite. The bathroom "breathes", it's sculptural, it's relaxing. It's a pleasure and a sanctuary.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
KM : To develop further ideas for the different cities that I haven't yet done.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
KM : The ideas started with the basic bathroom product designs in April 2014 and the completion of the existing designs was at the end of August 2014.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
KM : I pursued an inspiration - which is how most of my ideas start. I wanted to explore these objects as sculptures.

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?
KM : I plan to license the production rights.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
KM : I felt that it was an area which was neglected. There have been a few good bathroom ideas - mostly in the shape/materials used in bathtubs, but a more "sculptural" view was missing. I hope this collection ignites this.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
KM : I have to credit the Australian designer Joe Licciardi for making me think very differently about "bathrooms".

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
KM : Anyone who shares my idea that spending time in the bathroom should be blissful.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
KM : The sculptural elements, finishes, audacious materials and extravagance. It treats bathroom objects as sculpture.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
KM : OASIS - self-explanatory - a sanctuary. A place to escape from the everyday.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
KM : Mostly 3D cad programs

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
KM : That it is extravagant. That is has a spirit from each city that is distinctive.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
KM : No.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
KM : New Technologies allow us to be able to visualise in 3D to produce sculptures.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
KM : The research was whilst staying in the most opulent bathrooms in 7 star hotels - particularly in Presidential suites in Paris, London, New York etc as the guest of the hotel when I was an Editor/Publisher. Then personal reflection. I tried to capture some of the "over-the-top" experiences.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
KM : I felt it was interesting enough to be submitted.