Interview with designer Xiaofei Cui (XC), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Positive Negative Bar Counter.

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Interview with Xiaofei Cui at Thursday 25th of February 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
XC : In this case, I believe the nature is beautiful, and the form can also be the function.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
XC : As I mentioned above, I am trying to realize the new relationship between form and function through this project.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
XC : I don't have a specific plan actually, life is a day by day, same as to do the project, I will continue to focus on some design field that I am really interested in.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
XC : Around half year.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
XC : This is not a commercial product design project, I just to pursuit an inspiration based on my research.

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?
XC : Yes, I have plan to sell this design if possible.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
XC : From the research of human behavior and environment.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
XC : The name of this design comes from the understanding of the matter and space just by myself, in my opinion, design is create matters, matters will occupy space, space will have positive and negative, and for this project the form of the bar counter one is the positive and another one is negative, that's it.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
XC : Yafei Ma, she is one of my former students working with me for this design.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
XC : Actually there are two obstacles have to overcome in the design process: one is how to control the overall shape, another is the complexity of processing.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
XC : One of the reasons is I really like the trophy design of this competition, it's quite beautiful.