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Claire De Lune Chandelier Lighting by Claire Requa

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Claire Requa (CR) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Claire Requa by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design Claire de Lune Chandelier here.



Interview with Claire Requa at Friday 13th of April 2012

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
CR: I wanted to have a light fixture that suited a building from the 1800’s, a chandelier that wasn’t too serious and stuffy. It should also be affordable.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
CR: The logistics of doing a flat-pack lamp in a material that gave it luxury, without it being too pricey.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
CR: Will put my marketing person to work.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
CR: About one year.

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
CR: Pursuit of an inspiration to have a grand light fixture.

FS: 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?
CR: I wanted to sell/lease production rights/license, but it turned out differently. I now produce it myself.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
CR: Love lighting.

FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
CR: No other designers.

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
CR: Fun-loving, discerning customers.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
CR: The service and story that comes along with it.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
CR: My name is Claire. A good friend used to tease and call me Claire de Lune – she insisted that I call my lighting series Claire de Lune. Claire de lune means "light of the moon" - very fitting, I think.

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
CR: Some of the lines are hand drawn and some computer.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
CR: Its lightfullness, its transparency.

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
CR: My suppliers throughout the entire production process have been very helpful.

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
CR: As the arms are laser cut – a big role.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
CR: Not much research apart from trying to find eco-friendly materials to make the lamp in (unsuccessfully, unfortunately), and some basic information around general information about bulbs, etc.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
CR: Finding the right suppliers to work with as I produced.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
CR: Since exhibiting at international trade fairs, that sometimes have their own competition, and seeing the prestige that comes with winning.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
CR: I push myself. I am result oriented and driven.

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
CR: no.


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

A' Design Award and Competitions grants rights to press members and bloggers to use parts of this interview. This interview is provided as it is; DesignPRWire and A' Design Award and Competitions cannot be held responsible for the answers given by participating designers.

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