Eduardo Garcia Campos-Butterfly Chair

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Interview with Eduardo Garcia Campos : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : This piece is inpired in nature, particularly in Mexican "Monarca" butterfly. This insect, in addition to its beauty and despite of the fragile appearance of its wings, is known for its strength and longevity. While other butterfly species have a life cycle of 24 days, this one can live up to nine months, 12 times more. The Monarca butterfly is capable of traveling more than 4000 kilometers (from Canada and the United States of America) to Oyameles states of Michoacan and Mexico (natural heritage of humanity). .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : The decision to manufacture the chair in one piece brought the biggest challenge, to achieve it was our main focus. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : Promote the desing as much as we can, to also position the firm Santo & Jean Ya .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : From the first sketches to the final pieces around 2 years and a half. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : We decided to develop this piece as part of a collection which is an exercise in exploration of metal processes. .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?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : We have started make prototypes for our own company, but we are open for good oppotunities. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : Our believe that through design we can be an instrument to rescue the antique knowledge (handcrafted techniques) by applying it to a new generation of atemporal pieces. Its an obligation as designers. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : Not a designer in particular, but the Art Nouveau .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : Our target customer is Premium .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : First of all, they are made according to desing principles, but contrary to the status quo, these pieces are made to last a very long time, so their are long-term investment. Also, the dialogue that is created when you put one facing another. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : Since the piece was inspired on a Butterfly wings, the name came obvious. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : Paper, pen, color pencils, markets, 3d modeling software, hand modeling, blue prints, sandpaper and wax. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : The concept .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : Yes, I worked with a sculptor, and metal engineer. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : The digital models helped us calculate mechanical properties such as weight and resistance. .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?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : No .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : Most of all finding suppliers and making it in one piece. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : We beleive we can fly. We beleive we have a good piece and we wanted to give it international promotion. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Eduardo Garcia Campos : We learn about the process of casting, and the use of aluminum. .

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