Tanner Svoboda-Exchange Dining Table
At Design Interviews
Interview with Tanner Svoboda : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Tanner Svoboda : The main idea and inspiration behind this dining table was creating conversation. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Tanner Svoboda : I wanted to create a beautiful piece that had the dual purpose of benefiting the user/users in a way that is traditionally not associated with furniture. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Tanner Svoboda : I hope that this award allows me to get my name out into the design world so that I can find a job after graduation in June. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Tanner Svoboda : It took about three weeks to come up with the concept behind this design. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Tanner Svoboda : The class I was taking at the time was the man reason behind this concept. We were tasked with finding a human behavior that could be changed (in a positive way) through furniture. I chose to promote communal meals because that is something that has be dwindling in the past few decades in the United States. .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?. Tanner Svoboda : I intend to produce the work myself. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Tanner Svoboda : My professor, George Perez, helped influence this design. He pushed me to create a piece that didn't have just one meaning. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Tanner Svoboda : The residential and hospitality markets would be my primary target customers for this design. I think both could benefit greatly from it. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Tanner Svoboda : I try to integrate functions that are not normally seen in residential furniture into my designs. The cut out is primarily seen in desks from the commercial furniture industry, and I think using that same design detail in a piece meant for residential use is what sets this design apart. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Tanner Svoboda : Exchange came from the idea of exchanging with one another. Whether it is the exchanging of ideas or the exchanging of food. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Tanner Svoboda : The cut outs in the top of the table are the most functional elements of this dining table, but i think the most unique aspect of the dining table is how the legs are designed to look like they are growing out of the top. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Tanner Svoboda : Part of this table was fabricated by using a 5-axis CNC machine. As seen in the picture I submitted, the CNC milled out the form of the table top from a form that I created. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Tanner Svoboda : For this project I researched how people interact when they eat as well as when they converse with each other, and how to promote these types of interactions. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Tanner Svoboda : Time was the largest challenge for this project. Our terms are only 10 weeks long, and it is difficult to go through the whole design process in this short amount of time. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Tanner Svoboda : One of the first pieces of advice I was given when I came to SCAD was to get my name out into the design world. I think the best way to do that is through competitions such as the A'Design Award & Competition. .
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