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Three Legged Chair by Ricardo Graham Ferreira

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Ricardo Graham Ferreira (RG) for A' Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Ricardo Graham Ferreira by clicking here. Access more information about the award winning design Three Legged here.



Interview with Ricardo Graham Ferreira at Wednesday 20th of April 2016

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
RG: I usually design things which naturally moves me to do so. Chairs and seats are very often the pieces I prefer to design. But I prefer not to define my style. I think style develops and changes with us. A good thing of being able to build your own designs, is that they can be improved while being constructed. So the drawing is like a map that gives us the idea, shows us the way. But the process of building it, has important effect on the final design.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
RG: I just wanted to build it. To try the joinery and to see if all worked. It is so nice to try ergonomics, to make it works well. I wanted to take it of the paper and to see it for real.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
RG: Exploit publicity. Develop good relation with other companies and interested clients.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
RG: May be the initial idea was maturing during some time, but once I drawed it, it took about 4 months to be realized.

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
RG: It came as an inspiration. I wanted to use three legs on my designs and I was also inspired about the use of ropes too. So, when I was at the workshop, working on the first prototype, the idea of using rope came up as a solution for making the backrest.

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?
RG: I pretend both. Producing it in my company, with special tropical hardwood. And license it to some international company.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
RG: I wanted to experiment all the building process. To see if the idea of a small, yet comfortable chair, worked.

FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
RG: Yes. I would say that Joaquim Tenreiro, Morito Ebine has influenced me on doing this work.

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
RG: People who loves wooden made furniture design.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
RG: It is self explanatory. Three legged chair. And there was a great Portuguese designer and woodworker who lived in Rio de Janeiro. He's name was Joaquim Tenreiro. He has created a piece that I love very much. It has a completely different design, but is called the "Three legged chair". So it is kind of an inspiration on that way too.

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
RG: Well, this design was hand draw on paper on scale 1:1. Then, at the workshop we have used many woodworking tools - that I consider designs tools as well - they were: Planers, saws, lathe, routers, drills, scrapers, sanders.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
RG: I guess the design of the joint of the back foot and the backrest support and the solution to stretch the backrests rope.

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
RG: I have worked with skilled woodworkers.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
RG: For some time now I have been studying wood drying process. This design is very much influenced by these studies.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
RG: The challenges were: developing improvement on wooden joints and also on wood drying techniques.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
RG: I was invited by the A Design Award and I decided to accept participating on the competition.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
RG: I learned a lot! Every time we develop something new, there are new challenges. So, we improved woodworking techniques, gained wood drying knowledge, developed chair construction and knowledge in ergonomics.


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

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