Raluca Visinescu-Yarra Chair

At Design Interviews

Interview with Raluca Visinescu : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Raluca Visinescu : The idea is to make a stable, stiff, functional and as beautiful as possible form of a chair out of a single piece of plan material, by making cuts and bending it. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Raluca Visinescu : Achieving a form as "fluid" as possible, with no sharp angles. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Raluca Visinescu : Producing it... or letting someone produce it, better said; somehow looking forward to this process as a challenge in itself, in the same way as constructing architecture projects: they might suffer changes during the site works, but as long as ideas survive I embrace changes. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Raluca Visinescu : From the moment of decision of trying to make a chair design out of one piece of folding material until the completion of "Yarra"'s shape, the process took around 3 months and tens of scale models built. However, the type of research continued further, resulting in several other designs, significantly different from "Yarra", yet within the same principle. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Raluca Visinescu : I am an architect and my commissions so far have been buildings, interior design (actually only few) or landscape design. This design came as an aim to challenge myself into designing a bit different: different scale, type of restrictions, etc. .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?. Raluca Visinescu : I plan to sell or lease the production rights. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Raluca Visinescu : The pleasure of investigating in producing form and volume. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Raluca Visinescu : Too many to count.... Definitely I find very inspiring the works and designs of Modernist Architects such as Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Antonio Bonnet-Castellana and many others. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Raluca Visinescu : Hopefully it won't be too expensive to produce it. Usually my favorite clients (thinking of architectural commissions I have for private house/investments) are from the young or not so young urban professionals, which in the Romanian social spectrum doesn't mean rich people... .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Raluca Visinescu : Most of the similar designs use metal legs to hold the seating. This was one challenge I put myself into when designing it: building it completely from the same continuous material. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Raluca Visinescu : "Yarra" is the name of a river; I used river-names for the the entire series of this design concept (folded material) because of the flow-like resulted and desired shapes. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Raluca Visinescu : The most classical method possible: making models. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Raluca Visinescu : I don't know... I really regard it as simple, as a play... .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Raluca Visinescu : Only by myself and only with architect's advice around (especially Corina Croitoru's for this design). .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Raluca Visinescu : Its production would require some technology. .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?. Raluca Visinescu : Nothing special: establishing my challenge, reading and researching in the object design history (more than the usual architectural training offers), my own experiments with materials. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Raluca Visinescu : I suppose they didn't come yet, I haven't produced the design so far. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Raluca Visinescu : Because of thinking to "build" it, I thought of this would as an opportunity to promote it. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Raluca Visinescu : This is a very different kind of work than the architecture projects I usually do in the very direct working with material: both in achieving form directly from manipulating the material and in the focus on 1:1 scale where sizes less than 1 millimeter could dramatically change form. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Raluca Visinescu : No. Thank you for the good questions. .

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