Eliane Zakhem-Meline Stool

At Design Interviews

Interview with Eliane Zakhem : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Eliane Zakhem : To design a stool that is multi-functional, one with storage for students' tools. In my drawing class at university, there was no space on the drawing table for our pencils or bottle of water or notebooks, so i felt the need to design a stool that would meet students' needs. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Eliane Zakhem : My main focus in designing Meline was to add storage space to the stool without adding bulk. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Eliane Zakhem : I plan to get my design manufactured and sold internationally. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Eliane Zakhem : About two weeks. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Eliane Zakhem : I designed Meline for a project in my Design Culture class in University. We were asked to design anything that we want as long as it was functional, aesthetically pleasing and adaptable. I decided to design a stool that i felt would be ideal for our design studio and drawing classrooms. .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?. Eliane Zakhem : My design isn't being produced at the moment but will be soon. I am considering leasing or selling production rights. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Eliane Zakhem : I had never seen a stool with storage, and as a design student, I wished our stools in the classrooms had the added functions that Meline has. Students had to place their belongings on another stool or on the floor. My design offers a solution to this problem, an extension to the work-space. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Eliane Zakhem : I was influenced by the Destijl style especially the architecture of Rietveld's Schroeder House .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Eliane Zakhem : Schools, Universitites, Design studios .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Eliane Zakhem : The added storage solution is a feature that you almost never see on a stool. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Eliane Zakhem : I came up with the name by combining Me & Line. I felt i wanted to personalize it, because the idea came from my personal experience in drawing class, so I put "me" in it and I added “line” since drawing is about lines. Meline is a name of a person as well and it means industrious. I consider Meline reliable like a "friend"; a stool at work. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Eliane Zakhem : A sketchpad and autoCAD for technical drawings. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Eliane Zakhem : The shelf. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Eliane Zakhem : I worked by myself on the design and then with a carpenter to make it. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Eliane Zakhem : Mainly in research and for autoCAD drawings. .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?. Eliane Zakhem : I researched stool designs on-line, furniture shops, and I looked at Rietveld’s work. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Eliane Zakhem : I am still a design student, so i experienced many challenges during the process such as what materials to use, ergonomic issues and how to realize the design .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Eliane Zakhem : A friend told me about the competition, and I felt that my design had potential. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Eliane Zakhem : I learned more about carpentry, wood, joinery and proportions .

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