James Cornetet-Get Your Feet Off My Coffee Table! Coffee Table

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(Excerpt) Interview with James Cornetet : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. James Cornetet : The primary assumption that I had to make before realizing the design of this coffee table, was that there was no table top. Once that constraint was eliminated, it provided me the freedom to redefine the typology of the table. Everything that designers previously thought to be true about the table in its essence, has been redefined by this piece. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. James Cornetet : I wanted to produce a table that was not only functional, but embraced everyday use, while still maintaining the simplicity and beauty of a piece of sculpture. The table is a datum for living, the juxtaposition of the clutter against the clarity of the object, only strengthens its beauty. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. James Cornetet : I am currently attempting to commercialize the design, and find an international audience. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. James Cornetet : 3 months from sketch to prototype. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. James Cornetet : This particular design was not commissioned, and was merely a creative excercise. .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?. James Cornetet : I am currently producing the work my self, but would like to sell/lease the production rights. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. James Cornetet : No. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. James Cornetet : Anybody who appreciates function and beauty. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. James Cornetet : The design is unlike any coffee table to come before it. It avoids stylistic fetishisms in favor of a design that addresses the true needs of the end user. That is a table that embraces everyday use. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. James Cornetet : After a weekend of entertaining guests at our house, we noticed that one of the guests had left a glass of water on our Carrara Marble nightstand that we had just purchased. Upset over the newly spotted table, I began thinking why can't designers design furniture that can only be used in the manner it is intended to be used. I sat on the couch pondering this idea, when my wife walked into the living room and scolded me for resting my feet on a chair. "Chairs are not for feet" she proclaimed. I replied "it's not like I'm resting my feet on the table." I thought about the comment for a minute, thinking about how I hate it when guests rest their feet on a coffee table. I quickly sketched what I presumed to be the most uncomfortable table for someone to rest their feet on. I stared at the sketch in amusement, writing "get your feet off my coffee table!" The final design emerged from an understanding that the design of the coffee table should embrace function and discourage misuse. The name of the table is a vestige of that moment. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. James Cornetet : Sketches, lots of sketches. The graphics were produced using Sketchup, FormZ, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, and Maxwell Render. The fabrication drawings were produced using Autodesk's Revit. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. James Cornetet : Unlike most table designs, this piece maintains its showroom aesthetic while embracing the clutter of everyday life. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. James Cornetet : No. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. James Cornetet : The first prototype was completed shortly after winning the A'Design Award. The prototype is constructed of Corian, and the pieces are precision crafted using CNC technology. The efficient design of the table, results in less than 10% construction waste during the fabrication and assembly of the table, maximizing the usage of two Corian 1/2" sheets. Corian enables the table to be constructed out of smaller components in order to simplify the fabrication process, while maintaining the monolithic quality of the design. Looking as if it were carved out of a solid block of marble. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with James Cornetet on Get Your Feet Off My Coffee Table! Coffee Table at design-interviews.com ]

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