DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
AMM : The Nina and Beni chair is inspired by the techniques used in naval architecture, shapes made from wood that join form and function, minimizing waste through the use of steam-bending.
I wanted the design to be modern and elegant, to showcase the technical difficulty in entails to bend wood to such extents.
DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
AMM : I was prototyping techniques for creating complex shapes with wood and from that research I realized I could fabricate the geometry I had in mind. In that sense the main focus was perfecting the molds necessary to make the chair.
DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
AMM : In these uncertain times it is hard to make predictions on the future but the project was always to continue to promote the chair and see where that leads.
DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
AMM : From the first sketches to the first prototype it took approximately one month.
DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
AMM : It was a commission from some family friends, Nina and Beni.
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?
AMM : It is being produced by a local company with whom I´m associated with.
DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
AMM : I felt the need to re-learn a craft that I had lost contact with since moving to Spain from the US. Seeing how most of the furniture we see today is made without attention to detail, from bad quality materials, meant to only last us a few years I decided to design furniture that would highlight craftsmanship and quality.
DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
AMM : I have always admired the work of designers like aalvar Aalto or Jorn Utzon, how they would strip design of its excess fat to create efficient and beautiful shapes; like a Scandinavian diet.
Also both influenced by nautical architecture and its aerodynamic yet beautiful shapes.
DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
AMM : Suitable for private residences and businesses, also for lobbies or waiting areas.
DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
AMM : The way it was fabricated involved a mix of modern and traditional techniques, fabricating the molds necessary to create such complex 3d shapes required innovation and a lot of prototyping.
DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
AMM : It was a custom order from good friends of mine, so its named after them.
DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
AMM : designed the molds using parametric 3D software then program a 5 axis cnc to cut the molds out.
DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
AMM : It’s not common to see such complex geometry in woodworking due to the fact that it would involve a lot of waste and steam-bending is generally done in 2 dimensional molds.
This design involves the use of 3 dimensional molds to curve the pieces into position and then laminate them.
DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
AMM : I collaborated with a local carpentry to prototype and fabricate, y also collaborate with people in the leather and textile industry.
DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
AMM : I think without today’s tools and software creating a chair like this would not be feasible. I use technology not only in the design phase but more so in the fabrication and mold making stage.
DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
AMM : Not at the design stage, and not for this product. The primary objective here was to make something beautiful, sustainable and innovative.
DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
AMM : I made many mistakes when testing the initial concept, some of those mistakes were necessary in achieving a more well rounded design.
DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
AMM : I was encouraged by a close friend of mine
DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
AMM : I realized that there are certain parts of the creative process where a little blind faith is required, even if you´re not sure, if you keep your eye on the ball you’ll eventually get there.