Polona Pakiz-Max & Minny a Bed For Our Pets
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Interview with Polona Pakiz : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Polona Pakiz : My main idea is to design a natural and beautiful bed for our pets. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Polona Pakiz : I couldn’t find stylish bed for my dog so I decided to design it myself. I wanted to add a nice bed for my dog in my living room. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Polona Pakiz : I would like to distribute it to lots of homes, especially where owners value design staff also for their dogs or cats. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Polona Pakiz : To design it, took me about four months. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Polona Pakiz : I’m an owner of a nice dog and a cat, and they are my family. So I wanted them to have the same importance than me, so I could not leave them lying on a regular pillow on the floor. So I decided do design them a nice bed with the same importance as my sofa. .Frank Scott: 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?. Polona Pakiz : This product is my own design. I financed the production by myself. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Polona Pakiz : I love hanging with my animals, and they loved it too. I love to give them something nice, practical and natural. I love wood, so I use veneer wood for basis of a bed. I want to give the best material possible for my dog, especially because he has an artistic legs, I chose memory foam and natural cover from 100% hemp textile. I made two collections, one with natural cover and the other with artificial leather, because it’s durable and easy to maintain. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Polona Pakiz : No, there were any other design that had the influence on my design. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Polona Pakiz : Target customers are families who own a dog or a cat and want to add into their space a designed bed for their pets. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Polona Pakiz : The bed is well made, from natural materials. It’s a long duration product. You can choose colour of veneer from 4 different types to match your furniture. You can match the cover of a pillow with your sofa or the wall. The bed is as very modern as totally practical. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Polona Pakiz : First I want to make two beds, little (minny) and maxi. Also MAX represents maximal design, maximal practicality, maximal natural. In the respect for gained golden award I named my business- Max design. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Polona Pakiz : At the beginning I always use only pen and paper. When I form my design and I’m satisfied with a shape I transfer it o 2D and 3D computer program .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Polona Pakiz : My unique aspect is a usage of colours, different textures and combination of materials. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Polona Pakiz : Yes, for producing a prototype I had help from my colleague who owns a joiner’s workshop. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Polona Pakiz : For making the bed we need hydraulic press and a mould. And for each size of bed a different mould. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Polona Pakiz : From an idea to a design there were no troubles. First challenge shows at realization of my concept. How to turn a veneer so it would not broke, what’s the right angle of a bed, what’s the right size of it. Beside all of our compromises I had to persist on my design. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Polona Pakiz : I found your design competition on internet and I decided to submit my design. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Polona Pakiz : I perceive and get to know a lot of workshops, like joiner’s, upholsterer and metallurgy workshop. And also learn a different mode of proceedings the realization of a bed. .
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