Interview with designer Zuzana Mantel (ZM), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Little Star Glass Mosaics Light Object.

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Interview with Zuzana Mantel at Friday 18th of March 2016: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
ZM : Inspiration is by ray of star light. Idea is to create light object for interaction in interior and exterior with society.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
ZM : design, technology and aesthetics in light object.

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
ZM : I want to make a hand made light interior objects in small limited edition for market.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
ZM : I was thinking about idea more then 1 year.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
ZM : I just want to create.

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?
ZM : I do intent to produce by myself.

DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
ZM : I want to create new design, to bring craft and art back to our life. To create more individual and unique design.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
ZM : No.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
ZM : Art lovers and people with need to have a unique items.

DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
ZM : Unique art object with harmony of design item.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
ZM : the name came with first inspiration - star. Little Star: mean just begining, firs step to create a more bigger projects.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
ZM : cutters, pencil,

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
ZM : Look

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
ZM : I did collaborate with locksmith and electrician.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
ZM : I use a LED panel with a remote control, to create many variations of light module.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
ZM : no

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
ZM : Gluing a glass sticks, light transmission and feel a light-modulation.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
ZM : I want to hear the decision of the professional jury.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
ZM : I learn properties of light and I become more detail focused and analytical.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
ZM : I like to bring hand craft, art and unique design to a everyday life.