Interview with designer Carter Zufelt (CZ), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Müll Furniture Series.

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Interview with Carter Zufelt at Saturday 5th of March 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
CZ : To inspire others to recycle and pay more attention to the environment.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
CZ : I wanted to showcase a new way to recycle. I also wanted to show that recycling is a beautiful process.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
CZ : I hope to further the technology and produce other designs with recycling in mind.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
CZ : This design took about a year to develop. I went through everything from research and sketching to prototyping and final production.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
CZ : I found the transformation from a weak, flimsy plastic bag to a structural, sturdy furniture piece to be astounding. This was based off of my interest in recycling and the environment.

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?
CZ : I intend to produce the work myself, but I am not opposed to sell/lease the production rights to another company.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
CZ : My passion in environmental design and furniture.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
CZ : Environmentally friendly consumer.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
CZ : Rarely, if ever, do designers allow the recycled material to be on display. Typically it is colored and uniform, so the user can't connect with what the item was before. Mine, of course, is the opposite. I want to showcase the chaotic beauty that is recycling.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
CZ : Müll means trash in German. Germany, Austria and Switzerland lead the world in recycling.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
CZ : The plastic trash speaks for itself. It is allowed to be chaotically beautiful.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
CZ : I worked with my professor, David Morgan. He was my mentor while designing the products.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
CZ : The experimentation phase was very challenging. There were many, many failures. It took quite some time to develop a process I was satisfied with.