Etienne Carignan-Cappuccino Set Porcelain Cup and Saucer
At Design Interviews
Interview with Etienne Carignan : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Etienne Carignan : The project meant to give a distinguished twist to coffee breaks with the design of a unique and eye-catching yet functional cappuccino set. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Etienne Carignan : The idea behind this project was to create a desirable, high quality product that would reflect local craftsmanship excellence with design sensitivity. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Etienne Carignan : I intend to create an extended product line with an espresso set and a milk /sugar set. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Etienne Carignan : It took approximately 8 months from the first concept idea, to the design process, the prototypes and all the way to fabrication. The entire process was done in Montreal, Canada. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Etienne Carignan : This concept was a personal project that has been circling around in my mind for quite some time. .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?. Etienne Carignan : I’m currently selling this product on my own online and trough specific design stores, but I’m always open to more distribution. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Etienne Carignan : Kitchen products have always been a strong interest for me, so I wanted to translate my own vision into a distinguished hand held product. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Etienne Carignan : The strong Italian ceramic culture was a big inspiration. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Etienne Carignan : I wanted to catch the attention of design enthusiasts of all ages, but on a selling stand point, the target market is for a professional clientele of 25-55 years old. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Etienne Carignan : The minimalist straight cup handle is a great alternative to regular cup handles and forces users to drink slower. The saucer dimensions and design allow the space to add a snack treat to the coffee; an appreciated touch to complete the experience. The saucer shaped like a water drop allows an ergonomic, easy and practical way to carry around the set. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Etienne Carignan : No particular name was chosen for this product, I still call it the Cappuccino set by Etic Design. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Etienne Carignan : Sketching, 3D modeling, CNC prototypes and ceramic prototypes were all part of this design process. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Etienne Carignan : I would have to say the straight cup handle, that might be harder to hold at first but gives all the distinctive properties to this product. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Etienne Carignan : I worked closely with ceramist Marko Savard and mold maker Jindrich Dudziak. They helped develop and fabricate the product how I envisioned it and brought not only technical help, but also precious opinions to improve the project. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Etienne Carignan : 3D modelling and CNC were technological means to make what this product is today. Although the fabrication is more artistic and handmade, the shape was rigorously achieved with the help of technology to really capture my vision. .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?. Etienne Carignan : No extensive researches were conducted for this product. It was more users’ interaction research as well as an ergonomic study for the handle. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Etienne Carignan : Fabrication was the more difficult challenge to face. We had to adjust the molding technique, the porcelain composition and the pieces’ drying time to find the perfect combination for good strength and minimal heat deformations. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Etienne Carignan : With most of my work being done for independent clients or design consultancies, after the creation of a first personal product, it was the best opportunity to present myself and see the product’s interest. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Etienne Carignan : A close business relation with a skilled ceramist really made the difference. I will now always start new projects with the collaboration of manufacturing professionals. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Etienne Carignan : I would add that this cappuccino set is not intended for mass production, but more for a small local handmade quality fabrication. .
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