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Crystal Tables by Rita Kettaneh

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



Interview with Rita Kettaneh at Sunday 22nd of April 2018

FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
RK: I was inspired by the crystal in all its beauty, geometric purity, and transparency. Each table is inspired from a basic geometric shape which appears in its top, like the flat face of a crystal, and influences its entire shape. With this geometric character, the table interacts with light to express itself through a composition of cast shapes and colours.

FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
RK: I wanted the crystal tables to be as minimal as possible while fulfilling their geometric identity.

FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
RK: I plan to display the tables in exhibitions as well as start selling the tables.

FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
RK: I started working on these tables since the summer of 2016. In 2017, I was continously refining the designs alongside the execution of the prototypes. The project was completed in February 2018 when the tables were ready to be produced.

FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
RK: I had a vision of these geometric, minimalistic tables and wanted to realize it.

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?
RK: I am ready to start producing the tables as I've established collaborations with a manufacturer and craftsmen.

FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
RK: I am interesting in designs that stand out, spark a connection, and then become our treasures.

FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
RK: I am interested in designs which transform from 2D to 3D based on the angle of vision, as well as designs that have a geometric style, though there isn't any single design that is the reference.

FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
RK: These tables are for people interested in innovative designs and are looking for a non-conventional coffee table, which is modular, customizable and easy to pack, all while making up a beautiful statement piece that is also a conversation starter. Alternatively, the Crystal tables make up great accent pieces especially in interiors that are minimalistic or have a geometric style.

FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
RK: The Crystal Tables satisfy both aesthetics and function without compromising on any of the two. They are designed to be minimalistic and visually intriguing while also being modular, packable, and recyclable.

FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
RK: The tables are inspired from the crystal, which has a geometric shape revealed by its "flat face". Also, just like the growth of a crystal, when similar tables are arranged side by side, they make up a larger table of the same geometric shape.

FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
RK: I started with sketches as well as paper and metal wire mockups. I modeled the tables on Rhino, and worked closely with the ironsmith to create the 1-1 prototypes.

FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
RK: What is the most unique in my opinion, and one of the biggest challenges on my side, is how the single-line bases express the geometric identity of each table.

FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
RK: I worked on this design individually. As to the 1-1 prototypes, I collaborated with an ironsmith to execute them.

FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
RK: I made use of Rhino to model the design in 3D. These models were then exported to Autocad to print out different views of the tables for execution and to laser cut pieces of steel to create the jigs.

FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
RK: 1-1 steel prototypes were tested for strength, stability, and robustness by applying weights.

FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
RK: The most challenging part of the design is maintaining homogeneity across the three table shapes so they form a true family, while allowing each table to fulfill its role in representing its geometric shape. As a result of testing the prototypes, I fine-tuned the designs to maximize stability and reduce vibrations of the steel while preserving the aesthetical and functional constraints.

FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
RK: I participated in this international competition because of its high standards and because I am interested in the exposure it can provide to my design.

FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
RK: Designing this project was a great learning experience. It emphasized to me the importance of intuition at the onset of a project as well as the need for adaptability and flexibility to ensure that the design will reach its optimal outcome. I also learned a lot about the properties and behaviour of steel and stainless steel.


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

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