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Interview with Miyazaki Chair Factory Co.Ltd.

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Miyazaki Chair Factory Co.Ltd. (MCFC) for A’ Design Award and Competition. You can access the full profile of Miyazaki Chair Factory Co.Ltd. by clicking here.

Interview with Miyazaki Chair Factory Co.Ltd. at Friday 10th of August 2018

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
MCFC: I design from chopstick restraints to architecture.I design everything related to everyday life.I also run the shop selling my designed products.

FS: What is "design" for you?
MCFC: Design things needed for everyday life, beautifully and emotionally.

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
MCFC: I like to make a design mechanism, not a form

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
MCFC: R+R chair.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
MCFC: ceder

FS: When do you feel the most creative?
MCFC: When the idea pop up in my mind

FS: Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
MCFC: Whether the product suit the place where it is placed.Whether the products will not give the weird impression.That is I do care the most.

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
MCFC: Excitement after hardship

FS: What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
MCFC: I prioritize the procedure of design, so when the design are realized, I am rather calm

FS: What makes a design successful?
MCFC: You will be able to succeed if you can keep making it.So it is important to create such environment

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
MCFC: I believe emotion is most important.

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
MCFC: It is not about whether you are a designer.Each member of collaborators must be conscious about society and environmentand recognize the differences that makes better society and environment.

FS: How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
MCFC: I don’t think evolving.It is changing.I don’t know the future of design.

FS: When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
MCFC: I and Miyazaki Chair Factory are planning to exhibit Salone del Mobile 2019 and ICFF in NY.

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
MCFC: The origin of creation for me is based on the technique and spirit of the collaborator.

FS: How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
MCFC: I prepare the environment to make products while I am developing it. Thus I make the product which isn't sold well at first, but eventually the product becomes long seller.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
MCFC: I base on the suburb of Tokyo.Japanese culture affect a lot to my work.

FS: How do you work with companies?
MCFC: I work with rather small local companies.

FS: What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
MCFC: Japanese companies don’t pay attention to choose designers.Since we can choose what we want to eat at the restaurant, they should care about choosing designer.

FS: Can you talk a little about your design process?
MCFC: 1. Exchange opinions with collaborator(communication)2.Investigate what technique the collaborator can offer and the environment/facilities3. Confirm how the collaborator think4. Propose design idea

FS: What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
MCFC: Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier, AKARI by Isamu Noguchi, Issei Miyake clothes, Stabilo's felt-tip pen and Peter Zumthor's chapel

FS: Can you describe a day in your life?
MCFC: It depens on the day.

FS: From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
MCFC: Positive thing is if the result is good, that made people happy.Negative thing is sometimes people think I am dubious person.

FS: What is your "golden rule" in design?
MCFC: I believe I have to design with someone and I should not design without the order.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
MCFC: To be able to think in a partner’s position.

FS: Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
MCFC: Felt-tip pen, colored pensils and triangular scale.

FS: Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
MCFC: I save the time without answering the calls for 2days in every week.Thus I can concentrate on designing.

FS: How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
MCFC: It depends and it might be 3 days or can be 5 years.

FS: What is the most frequently asked question to you, as a designer?
MCFC: What I like the most in my work.

FS: What was your most important job experience?
MCFC: The workshop style of collaboration with Miyazaki Chair Factory and Table kobo KiKi in Tokushima prefecture.We have been working together with this style for last 20 years.

FS: Who are some of your clients?
MCFC: Varies.

FS: What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
MCFC: I enjoy housing design the most.There are always users in front of me and I can communicate with them while designing.

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
MCFC: Myself.

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
MCFC: New chair with Miyazaki Chair Factory.

FS: How can people contact you?
MCFC: Through e-mail.


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

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