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Plié Lamp by LAGARD Jean

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



Interview with LAGARD Jean at Tuesday 7th of March 2017

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
LJ: The "Lampe Plié" is a table lamp, sober and pure design. The main idea was to highlight a simple sheet of metal.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
LJ: After a lot of research and prototypes, I came to a final design. I realized in my exploration that the light of a lamp could have several interpretations. I have thus improved the design to have several lamps in one: desk lamp, bedside lamp, ambient lamp.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
LJ: I would like to decline this model in several other lamps

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
LJ: 6 months

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
LJ: I love to sublimate metal profiles in beautiful objects. Often the metal parts of objects are camouflaged to the detriment of more noble materials.

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?
LJ: I intend to produce your work myself

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
LJ: After 10 years of boilermaker work, I have always loved the rigorous side of this trade. It was after I wanted to vary my experiences when going to work in Canada that I worked at Lambert & Fils. This is what I discovered that not only had a technical side, but also a creative side. Since then I have tried to deplore the creative side of metal in my creations.

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

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
LJ: For lovers of simple and elegant objects.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
LJ: The simplicity and the playful side.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
LJ: "Plié" is a French word which means: folded It is indeed the two folds judiciously positioned that make the beauty of this lamp.

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
LJ: As a first step, manual tools: cardboard... Then once the proportions I like, I tried with different strips of metal. Finally, I transcribed on computer the final prototype.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
LJ: The light is always different, according to how the lamp is positioned

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
LJ: I know the work of metal. I am autonomous for design and prototyping.

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
LJ: I tried to push the limits of folding. No conventional bending machine can bend this lamp. So I designed my own tooling.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
LJ: I always wanted to keep the design of the final prototype

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
LJ: No conventional bending machine can bend this lamp. So I designed my own tooling.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
LJ: I decided to propose to this contest when I did my research to deposit this model.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
LJ: As the tests progressed, I evolved the manufacture.

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
LJ: I am happy to participate in a competition open to all and not reserved for designers.


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

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