Interview with designer Ricardo Graham Ferreira (RG), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Three Legged Chair.

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Interview with Ricardo Graham Ferreira at Wednesday 20th of April 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
RG : I usually design things which naturally moves me to do so. Chairs and seats are very often the pieces I prefer to design. But I prefer not to define my style. I think style develops and changes with us. A good thing of being able to build your own designs, is that they can be improved while being constructed. So the drawing is like a map that gives us the idea, shows us the way. But the process of building it, has important effect on the final design.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
RG : I just wanted to build it. To try the joinery and to see if all worked. It is so nice to try ergonomics, to make it works well. I wanted to take it of the paper and to see it for real.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
RG : Exploit publicity. Develop good relation with other companies and interested clients.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
RG : May be the initial idea was maturing during some time, but once I drawed it, it took about 4 months to be realized.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
RG : It came as an inspiration. I wanted to use three legs on my designs and I was also inspired about the use of ropes too. So, when I was at the workshop, working on the first prototype, the idea of using rope came up as a solution for making the backrest.

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?
RG : I pretend both. Producing it in my company, with special tropical hardwood. And license it to some international company.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
RG : I wanted to experiment all the building process. To see if the idea of a small, yet comfortable chair, worked.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
RG : Yes. I would say that Joaquim Tenreiro, Morito Ebine has influenced me on doing this work.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
RG : People who loves wooden made furniture design.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
RG : It is self explanatory. Three legged chair. And there was a great Portuguese designer and woodworker who lived in Rio de Janeiro. He's name was Joaquim Tenreiro. He has created a piece that I love very much. It has a completely different design, but is called the "Three legged chair". So it is kind of an inspiration on that way too.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
RG : Well, this design was hand draw on paper on scale 1:1. Then, at the workshop we have used many woodworking tools - that I consider designs tools as well - they were: Planers, saws, lathe, routers, drills, scrapers, sanders.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
RG : I guess the design of the joint of the back foot and the backrest support and the solution to stretch the backrests rope.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
RG : I have worked with skilled woodworkers.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
RG : For some time now I have been studying wood drying process. This design is very much influenced by these studies.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
RG : The challenges were: developing improvement on wooden joints and also on wood drying techniques.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
RG : I was invited by the A Design Award and I decided to accept participating on the competition.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
RG : I learned a lot! Every time we develop something new, there are new challenges. So, we improved woodworking techniques, gained wood drying knowledge, developed chair construction and knowledge in ergonomics.