Daisuke Nagatomo-Spiral Stool
At Design Interviews
Interview with Daisuke Nagatomo : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We try to create a card board made structure that can carry human weight without using any glue nor hardware. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We have created multiple prototype of Spiral Stool to figure out all details in order to achieve it self-assemblable. It was millimetre adjustments we needed to make to finalise the design. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Daisuke Nagatomo : Spiral Stool is already on Taiwanese market, but not yet international. We like to bring it to gain more oversea attentions. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Daisuke Nagatomo : Spiral Stool was initiated at June, 2014. We made first prototype August, 2014. After while we tried a few more prototype to adjust, and finally April, 2015 we launched it in Taiwanese market. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We have been working with cardboard material to create furniture, interior as well as self-standing structure. Especially with Spiral Stool, we try hard to make it able to place on market as competitive product. .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?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We have a paper manufacturing partner, which has been producing Spiral Stool in Taiwan. Currently we have been distributing it by ourselves in Taiwanese market.
.Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We are interested in working with sustainable material such as recyclable and/or reusable. Cardboard material particularly is very interesting because of its cost performance and easy accessibility. We like the idea of making creative design with economical price, rather than going with very high end price. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We are always keen to other designs work on paper or interesting material with new technologies. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We are targeting people who like designed item and have idea of sustainability. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Daisuke Nagatomo : Spiral Stool is DIY cardboard furniture, which does not require any glue or hardware. The precision of detail is very unique and that make this design very special. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Daisuke Nagatomo : The name is after the Spiral Pavilion we designed in 2014, which is also made with cardboard. Spiral Stool is specifically designed to place in the pavilion. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We work with 3D computer modelling tool, such as Rhino 3D, and use cardboard CNC machine to produce prototype. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Daisuke Nagatomo : The fractal design is very special. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We work with cardboard manufacturer in Taiwan. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We rely heavily on the 3D computer modelling technology to make sure the precision of detail. .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?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We did some market research for cardboard design product and what is the accessible range of product price we need to achieve. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We had hard time figuring out the non-glued joint system. We have adjusted by millimetre scale to make it more tight and work. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Daisuke Nagatomo : We like to expose our concept of creating furniture and thought design competition is always good platform. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Daisuke Nagatomo : There is alway a lot to learn from each design project. Especially when we have hard time making sure it works. Spiral Stool is all about material property and utilising it to achieve structural strength. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Daisuke Nagatomo : No, that is all. .
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