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Finishfire Modern Magazine Rack Hides Extinguishers by Sanna Liimatainen

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



Interview with Sanna Liimatainen at Wednesday 26th of April 2017

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
SL: To get people to buy fire extinguishers in their homes. By making them a design product.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
SL: I wanted the product to be adaptable, design that fits in many environment. The product should not be useless.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
SL: I think that such a product should be sold globally.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
SL: It is difficult to say when the idea begins and whether it is still ready. I developed several fire safety products at the same time. About a year.

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
SL: I got angry, a long funny story. I was hooked to fight against the fire. More ideas are generated all the time more.

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?
SL: I am looking for appropriate co-operation partners.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
SL: There is nothing comparable on the market, based on our survey. And it is a protected invention.

FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
SL: During the design process, I saw an old wooden table with oval hole. A combination of glossy and matte, oval and rectangle developed in my head.

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
SL: Everyone who cares and wants to have the places for their goods.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
SL: That is not similar or resembling concepts

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
SL: Finishfire = Finish of the fire

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
SL: Pen and paper and saw and photoshop

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
SL: The whole idea plus the feature that allows you to swap the oval plastic shelf colour

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
SL: Carpenter Kim Tasanko was involved in developing the implementation

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
SL: The spray extinguisher FirePal Kitchen from GPBM Nordic OY (several other spray extinguisher fit as well like Tundra from Firs Alert) can be removed from the top or by opening the cabinet. FirePal Kitchen is a compact, efficient and easy to use extinguishing spray that can be used by all (children included). It is designed for extinguishing small fires (ABF). It also extinguishes electrical fires up to 1000V.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
SL: Yes, the fires caused by electricity have increased. Because of the rising use of numerous charging devices.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
SL: Challenge was to find a suitable plastic material to oval cover. Thin, flexible and robust. Plastic is sheet material and it is not shaped.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
SL: It's a good way to get attention

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
SL: So much: Always you have to build and build again only then you will see the truth. The computer presents a dream.

FS: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
SL: You do not need a law that tells you to think whit your brain. One item in the right place could save you or your family or even the entire apartment building.


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

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