Justin Silke-For One Multifunctional Tableware

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Interview with Justin Silke : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Justin Silke : Simplicity is the main principle here- to give a clear function and purpose for the design. It is intended to use by people and they are my inspiration. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Justin Silke : Main focus of this design is to achieve fresh approach and looks of tableware- raise the question of its importance in everyday life. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Justin Silke : After design was awarded it made it clear that the only goal now is to enter production. Make it available for more people. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Justin Silke : It is hard to say, as it is a successor of another design. All in all, roughly it was two-month period. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Justin Silke : I was always thinking about designing something small to start with. Tableware is most accessible piece around the house or in public catering sector. It has certain limitations for innovation in materials and especially shape and that got my attention. I found challenge in an acceptable size work. .Frank Scott: 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?. Justin Silke : Currently it is made to order and I am seeking options of mass production. I am always open for offers. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Justin Silke : Main reason for this design to happen was observation of environment and how I understand and feel it. During time spent at home if to be specific. Need to share those observations where main drive to design this particular piece. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Justin Silke : During the process I came a cross interesting designs by others, but could not say that it was influenced by something or someone in particular. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Justin Silke : I imagine that customer of this piece is design-conscious person who would like to try something new. I do not think that there should be an age group in this case. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Justin Silke : I think its multifunctional option and the way the whole idea is presented sets this design apart. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Justin Silke : The name directly addresses the idea. This particular design is intended for a person who lives alone- For One. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Justin Silke : Whole set of tools were implemented to evolve the design. From sketching to CAD drafting, paper models, CNC milled foam models and hand thrown porcelain prototypes. You name it! .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Justin Silke : This bowl-plate piece can be interactive and influence the way you eat. It can change your habits and how you think about meal. I think that is the most unique aspect of it and it is quite rear in tableware design. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Justin Silke : This design would be impossible to finalize without the help from others. Main consultants were ceramicist and mold makers who had more or less direct influence on final product. Their input is priceless. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Justin Silke : Technological aspect has direct impact of designs accessibility for a broader audience. Classical approach and use of extensive knowledge of the pottery industry makes it easy and cheap to produce this design. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Justin Silke : Collecting various pieces from home and consultation with production line management influenced designs optional size range. This was an interesting time as a learning curve and how boundaries blurred between manufacturing and designs future place- home. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Justin Silke : Main challenge was accepting and implementing consultants comments because design had unusual decisions for porcelain slip casting method. There were alternatives but they were inappropriate for the given price-point. Sustaining the design closest to the concept was challenging and it turned out really well. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Justin Silke : Before entering design competition project was published in different digital environments and received good feedback. I wanted to test my skills in a more competitive and higher quality environment. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Justin Silke : I guess it was a good way to understand and remember most important parts of the project that would have to keep track of. In other words I learned how not to lose the goal. .

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