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Somethingregal Handmade Desk by Johann Sigmarsson

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Johann Sigmarsson (JS) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Johann Sigmarsson by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design SomethingRegal here.



Interview with Johann Sigmarsson at Thursday 17th of April 2014

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
JS: The bed I designed. It's no screws in it. You can puzzle it together in two minutes. I wanted to do a similar desk, but it was more complicated.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
JS: I just wanted a desk a beautiful item I could be proud of, my own desk. I didn't expected to be awarded internationally for it.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
JS: I really don't know. The whole thing is so new for me, but it's going to be a part of some exhibitions.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
JS: It have been going on for two years with pauses.

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
JS: In the beginning I had no clue that I could design, create and built furniture. It surprised me and other people that know me well. The idea for the Equator Memorial Project had its genesis in a bed I designed and made in 2011. Friends and acquaintances showed immediate interest and I was soon commissioned to make another one as a wedding anniversary gift. I went on to build shelves, an armchair with leather seats, and a desk with leather trimmings. Word got around about my furniture making and eventually a small group of people began to form around the current project.

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?
JS: I have produce few myself, but the intention are to exhibit it with some other art pieces. If I get some good offers I can't say no, or can I?

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

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
JS: Its more collectable pieces in very limited amount, but some collectors and companies have bought the pieces.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
JS: I think it's the wood from the harbor. It gives the piece more character and a bit of romance. It's beautiful to see the old holes from the bolts and the oil from the ships harmonizing together.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
JS: The idea comes from a famous winner race horse named Somethingroyal.

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
JS: Freehand and photoshop, then I was designing it while I did the prototype.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
JS: I'm always learning.

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
JS: I was doing it at three studio on that time. It was a company which did the leather and colored it after my order, but I upholstered it. It was another company which was cutting the glass and the third company drilled out the stone knobs after my sketch.

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
JS: I sketched it up and finished the design in two prototypes in 2012 and 2013.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
JS: I watched my bed I had design and wanted to do some design like it, but the design on the bed is influenced by (semi) Japanese bed I had once.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
JS: Everything in life has challenge which you have to overcome, accept or leave.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
JS: I was just looking on google and decided to take a part.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
JS: That I can do it.

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
JS: That's fine.


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

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