Emilia Lucht-Núno Chair

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Interview with Emilia Lucht : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Emilia Lucht : The main principle behind the design of the núno chair is for a more ergonomic comfort to facilitate the connection between movements and changes in body position. This is achieved by the flexible and directional back rest made of felt. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Emilia Lucht : My ambition is to design things that fit into a place without disturbing the atmosphere and can be combined with many different colors and forms. The color of the felt can be chosen by the customer. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Emilia Lucht : Let´s see what happens. I am looking forward to share my work, in which I am so passionate for, with a broader audience. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Emilia Lucht : I have been perfecting the current design for almost two years. I am always looking for ways to improve it, to increase the usability. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Emilia Lucht : I was always fascinated by the complexity of a “simple chair”. The idea came up as a project of my studies at the Muthesius University of Fine Arts, where I was given the opportunity to follow my inspirations and to experiment with felt. .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?. Emilia Lucht : It is not currently in production. I would love to work with an interested company on a collaborative basis, but it would be difficult to completely part with the design. I would be happy to produce the design myself, however my passion is with the design process and I would like to focus my resources in that area. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Emilia Lucht : A chair has many affordances on design, which made me curious designing one. I always had a passion for furniture and interior. Based on my work as a carpenter I am able to create handcrafted furniture, while adding quality of design using new technologies. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Emilia Lucht : As a student I am surrounded by a lot different people with many different skills. The feedback was particularly useful during the design process. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Emilia Lucht : núno is a fully sustainable chair created for an audience equally interested in design as well as ecological aspects. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Emilia Lucht : For me the process is the most important part. I was not trying to create something entirely different. Instead this work was discovered during the process of experimentation. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Emilia Lucht : “Nuno” is a particularly interesting name that fascinated me for quite a while. It turned out to be the Japanese word for fabric or cotton, where as it is also used to describe the production of felt in Japanese. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Emilia Lucht : We are living in a time of computerizing tools to manifest the innovations we create in our minds. Therefore I used them to visualize my preliminary ideas. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Emilia Lucht : Flexibility while retaining simplicity . .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Emilia Lucht : The new technologies together with handcrafting give the opportunity to produce wooden chairs affordable for the public. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Emilia Lucht : The first experiment failed completely. I tried to make a chair with noodles as a material and that ended up in a big mess. I think it is important to face failure in order to find something productive in it. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Emilia Lucht : Actually I was in my Erasmus year in Lisbon. I had some friends for dinner and they asked me to show them some of my works. One of my friends, a soul singer and a lady with a lot of power, was kind of kicking me; during a long monolog she described how I will end up as a homeless artist if I don´t make something out of this wonderful idea. So I did and submitted my work to a competition to give her some freedom. Surprisingly I won and I am still grateful. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Emilia Lucht : Design is a process, this means to me to learn. .

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