André Teoman-Chartres Ceiling Lamp

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Interview with André Teoman : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. André Teoman : It’s a modern re-interpretation of the stained glass technique used in a ceiling lamp that can easily be adjusted in height and angle. The inspiration came from the cathedrals light effect in sunny days thanks to the colorful stained glass motifs that they have. I wanted to bring a bit of that magic to the home, without all the religious weight. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. André Teoman : To break the relation between stained glass and religion, using it in as a day-to-day object of our lives with a storytelling more modern and funnier than the bible. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. André Teoman : To sell it has a Young Guns commercial piece and produce it with the talented craftsman that I visited during the concept stage. Create sustainability within small producers is one of my objectives every time I create something. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. André Teoman : I started around June. I left the companies I was working for to dedicate myself to my own project. Until June I had a collection to finish and when it was done I started sketching some new concepts and Chartres was one of them. It’s not finished yet, I still need to produce it so, I can’t tell you yet how long it’s going to take. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. André Teoman : I decide to pursuit an inspiration. Like I told in the last question I was sketching new concepts for a commercial collection for Young Guns, and Chartres was one of them. Since I always wanted to explore the stained glass technique it was my first choice for further development. .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?. André Teoman : I haven’t produced it yet, but I’m hoping to produce it and sell it as a Young Guns studio using outsource suppliers. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. André Teoman : I was always overwhelmed by the light effect created by stained glass motifs in cathedrals, I just didn’t like the connection with the religious themes. Every time I saw one I thought to myself “one day I’m going do something with stained glass without Jesus on it”. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. André Teoman : Yeah sure, we are always being influenced since we’re born. Mainly I would say I was influenced by the cathedral glass motifs I’ve seen all my life. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. André Teoman : Interior Designers, Architects or final clients. It’s for the High-End market of course, since it’s all hand made and can be arranged to all projects. This gives it a higher value since it’s always one of a kind piece, even if looking alike the “DNA” is always slightly different. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. André Teoman : Mainly the colorful visual effects that it will make, the use of this technique in such a modern form and visual representations, and the possibility to adapt it very easily to any interior project. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. André Teoman : From all the stained glass motifs I’ve ever seen the ones in the Chartres cathedral were the greatest and the one that most impressed me, so I wanted to give the piece it’s name, hoping that it will have the same effect on it’s users. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. André Teoman : To start, a 0,4 pilot pen, a notebook, my Ipad, and some basic colors tombow pens. Then a car to visit the stained glass suppliers and learn more with them. And finally my computer with some 2D and 3D creative software to create the simulated images, my iphone for the video footage and lots of coke (coca-cola...) to keep me awake, since I don’t drink coffee. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. André Teoman : All the complex hand work that you can feel at a first glance... and my imprint. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. André Teoman : I worked with a local supplier of stained glass. I’m not sure if I can mention his name. They received me with open harms and gave me a detailed explanation about the technique itself, it’s boundaries and it’s abilities. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. André Teoman : I normally don’t get very involved with technology in my creations. I prefer to innovate traditional techniques that are endangered to disappear by giving them the opportunity to shine again and live. .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?. André Teoman : Not at all. All my research was technical, and visual around the technique of stained glass, how to tell a modern story with it and how to get that magical colorful light effect. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. André Teoman : The structure of the lamp itself. To combine a 6 colored stained glass with an exact form and other materials was the hardest part. Finding the right aesthetic balance to make it appealing was difficult but quite satisfying to see in the end result. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. André Teoman : Because it’s the first time that I am doing a piece on my own, without a brand or a person supporting it, I need this to show myself to a bigger crowd. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. André Teoman : Everything I learned about the technique and the people I meet are the best things I have taken from this project, besides the opportunity to explore the piece a little deeper. Normally in brands they want the shell but don’t give you time to get to the core of it because you already started a new piece. I really got the chance to go deep in this piece and experience what it really means to get to its peak. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. André Teoman : No further remarks, thank you very much. .

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