Francesco Frulio-Fiberflax Stool

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(Excerpt) Interview with Francesco Frulio : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Francesco Frulio : My idea was to design a versatile piece of furniture made with a new bio-composite developed by me and based on flax , wool felt and a sustainable resin made of wood pulp and recycled oils. The concept was born from the objective of creating a new eco-friendly composite material that could replace fiberglass in the construction of furniture that could be produced with local, sustainable materials from the Sardinian craft tradition. In fact, nowadays it is important to understand the impact that any design has on our planet in terms of energy consuming and exploitation of resources. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Francesco Frulio : I wanted to prove that it was possible to create plastic-like shell shaped seat, but with natural and sustainable materials. I wanted to prove that changing is possible. I wanted to show the potential of this new material in terms of applications and shaping possibility. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Francesco Frulio : I would like to show it through different design exhibition as well as starting a small batch production of the stool itself. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Francesco Frulio : It took me a couple of years from the initial concept of creating a new composite material, through its development and eventually to project the stool. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Francesco Frulio : I wanted to follow an intuition and a challenge more than an inspiration. In my homeland, which is Sardinia, a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, there's no really an industrial production, and I wanted to show that it was possible to create innovative things, starting from local material of the the manufacturing tradition. .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?. Francesco Frulio : At the beginnign I will probably start a small batch production, a limited edition series, but in the future I plan to lease the production rights to other company to produce different designs using this material. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Francesco Frulio : The need of showing to other and to myslef as well, the potential of the bio-composite that I developed. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Francesco Frulio : I am a lover of '50s classical design and I look at them all the time as a reference, but there was not any particular designer that inspired me in this design. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Francesco Frulio : Probably people that, like me, believe that there is an alternative to fiberglass and plastic furniture and that wants to drive the change. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Francesco Frulio : Probably the fact that is made with local and sustainable materials from Sardinia, and that mixes traditional material with state of the art production technology like the VARTM(Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding) for its making. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Francesco Frulio : I wanted to give it a name that could immediately be recognizable by the users and that could give an hint of want it was made of. I also wanted to play with the word Fiber Glass, as this material borns as a sustainable alternative to it. So FiberFlax was eventually the name that I decided to give it. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Francesco Frulio : I used different tools. At the beginning I have made lots of research on books and scientific pubblication, so nothing really thrilling. Once that I completed the research I started doing the first sketches to figure out what I wanted to do. After I had a rough idea of the shape I started realizing paper prototype, which I find the fastest way to proof a concept. After several paper model, I eventually come up with a shape that I like and I started to work on the 3D using Rhinoceros. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Francesco Frulio : Probably the fact that, by using only sustainable mat.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Francesco Frulio on Fiberflax Stool at ]

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