Studio Integrate Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy-flux Table

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Interview with studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : We use mathematical logic and basic forms that have been adopted in Middle Eastern art and architecture to achieve a an innovative design, yet with an alternative method. The outcome of the design is rooted, functional and innovative. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : We wanted to achieve a novel form that uses old and well known principals. By using a historical base pattern and a series of arches, we have created a dynamic object that can be produced by contemporary techniques. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : We are planning to exhibit it in art fairs and exhibitions. We would also like to create a side and coffee table to complete the FLUX series. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : It took us 5 months for designing and prototyping and 7 months to complete the production of the first two prototypes in black and white. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : We received a commission with an open brief that allowed us to come up with this design proposal. FLUX table is a result of a long term systematic research which is visibly influential in our products and architecture. .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?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : The table is manufactured in Austria. We intend to produce FLUX table with the same company that we developed it with. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : We are interested in designs that are functional, rooted, unique and memorable. FLUX table is admired and remembered by the people who see it, yet it is fully functional for everyday life. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : Both Amin and I have worked with influential architectural practices such as Foster and Partners, whose method of design has influenced our work. Both of us also come from Iran with a rich architectural heritage. For the past seven years, our goal has included understanding the principals of vernacular architecture and evolving them in our projects. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : FLUX table is a limited edition production. It targets art and furniture collectors or people who appreciate unique and high quality contemporary design. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : FLUX table is formally novel, yet it is historically rooted. It is iconic while being fully functional. Its dynamic form is strictly geometrical from some angles and very fluid from others. To my knowledge there is no other product that resembles this. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : Flux is the act or process of fusion. Correspondingly, FLUX table is a fusion of a series of historical elements that are used in architecture integrated into a contemporary unified form. These elements involve mathematical patterns at the top and a series of arches in the middle. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : We used computational three-dimensional digital and physical modelling techniques. This involved the extensive use of our in-house 3D printer to develop the form and improve its stability and visual effects. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : Its form. FLUX is a molten state of many geometrical configurations into a single object. It changes from geometrical to fluid as the view point changes. As a result, its form constantly changes as the view point varies. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : Mehran Gharleghi and Amin Sadeghy were the lead designers of FLUX table. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : Our design is highly informed from the possibilities that are offered by digital processes of design and contemporary fabrication methods. Thus, FLUX table is designed with the most advanced design tools and the prototypes were created with 3D printers and fabricated with CNC Milling machines. .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?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : The design of FLUX table is directly driven from an analytical research on geometry and math. Our general design approach is highly analytical and is informed from our research on performance, materiality, fabrication, and geometry. For more information please visit: http://www.studiointegrate.com/research.html .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : Due to the complex geometry of FLUX table we had to significantly optimise the form in order to reduce the production cost. The final form of FLUX table was achieved through a long step by step design process and sometimes having to reproduce the same design from scratch was very challenging. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : We are very confident that FLUX table will win awards. We truly believe in our design processes and outcomes that have been accomplished in our studio. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. studio INTEGRATE Mehran Gharleghi, Amin Sadeghy : Through the fabrication process we have had to familiarise ourselves with a variety of fabrication methods and their strengths and weaknesses. We have developed our designs through many iterations in order to enable the fabrication through our chosen method. The production of the FLUX table was a very interesting process. .

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