Tiago Curioni-Angel Bench

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(Excerpt) Interview with Tiago Curioni : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Tiago Curioni : My idea was to create something which mix art and design using a noble material which reveals purity and lightness. It should be able to use inside or outside and it should be easy to molde. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Tiago Curioni : I wanted to develop something which has an elegant, clean and pure design and that could be used in a gallery or even in a garden. The material should promote this freedom of use. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Tiago Curioni : I want to promote this design, because I trully beleave on it. Also, want to the international market know my design and techniques. For this, I intend to make contacts with galleries around the world which can help me to disclose it .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Tiago Curioni : From the first sketch to the first piece, around 2 years. I made the first sketches a long time ago, returning for a hiking in the montais around my farm, in Brazil. I imagined a bench in the top of a montain, resting like a Bird. I tried to use many materials, until I´ve fond the Staron, by Samsung. The material have a good usability and it´s easy to molded with the heat. The choise was made. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Tiago Curioni : It was a friend who introduced me to the material and at the same moment I thoght to use to build the Angel. I also met a small workshop in Brazil, which Works with Staron and they help me to finish my 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?. Tiago Curioni : The Angel is produced and sale by me and Nicoli Gallery (main gallery located in Sao Paulo). However, I am open to discuss alternative proposals about production rights and different materials. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Tiago Curioni : My work is always looking for different and particular ways to use traditional furniture. The Angel had to be the unique. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Tiago Curioni : My inspirations are architects and designers who can show brazilian talent like no one could ever imagine. I can say Oscar Niemeyer, Jader Almeida ans Sérgio Rodriges. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Tiago Curioni : Design collectors, museums, hotels, big companies and galleries in general. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Tiago Curioni : The Angel bench is unique, every single corner is different and never an Angel bench will be equal to other. They are all handmade even the wings curves. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Tiago Curioni : It has wings, it´s white and the meterial in noble. Angel was obvious to me at the moment. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Tiago Curioni : I always start drawing by hand. It´s essencial. Than I used autoCAD to take details and construction dimensions. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Tiago Curioni : The lighness and minimal trace. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Tiago Curioni : Staron by Samsung offer me the material and Premmium design workshop helped me to build. Both in Sao Paulo, Brazil. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Tiago Curioni : Almost none , except for detailing some points. The rest is all handmade with saw, sanding machine and a huge oven to make the curves. .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?. Tiago Curioni : Like the design came from an inspiration, research was given to the field of materials that could be used. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Tiago Curioni : The material is fragile if not support by a metal structure which exist only at the seat area. The wings don´t have this reinforcement. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Tiago Curioni : I have some designers friends who won the prize in other years and I always wanted to participate. The Angel feels the right oppontunity. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Tiago Curioni : I learned that you don´t make design without a good network. You will need a huge number of people to make things happen. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Tiago Curioni : I am pleased to participate from A´design Award and I hope t.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Tiago Curioni on Angel Bench at design-interviews.com ]

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