Rebeka Pakozdi-Relax Coffee Set

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(Excerpt) Interview with Rebeka Pakozdi : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Rebeka Pakozdi : Even as a child, sharing a coffee together was an important experience. Every weekend my parents and godparents got together to chat over coffee. They shared how their week had been, talked about current news and told each other their plans for the upcoming week. These meet ups infused their day with energy. Seeing this example while growing up, sharing a coffee with my friends and family has become a meaningful part of my life. Such a shared event brings people together. Unfortunately, people seem to have less and less time to cultivate personal relationships these days, which is why I chose it as a prime factor in the design of my set. I want to bring back this neglected custom. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Rebeka Pakozdi : I would like to revive the ancient tradition of drinking coffee together which is phrased quite well by this Turkish proverb: "The soul of man doesn't long for coffee or for a coffee house, it longs for a friend - coffee is but an excuse." .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Rebeka Pakozdi : I would like to launch it as a handmade, limited series product. I plan to create a new package design and will have a new logo for it as part of the Pakozdi brand as well. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Rebeka Pakozdi : It takes me about four months from the first step of the design to realize the product. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Rebeka Pakozdi : It started out as a school project during the last year of the Ceramics specialization of my Craftsmanship BA at the University of Applied Sciences Budapest, but due to being mostly inspired by my childhood memories, I treated it as distinguished project. .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?. Rebeka Pakozdi : Since it is planned to be a handmade, limited series product, I would like to retain the production rights myself. However given the chance, I would like to design products for companies in the future. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Rebeka Pakozdi : The ensemble of concrete and porcelain creates an exciting contrast and the textures of these materials influence and highlight each other. The relationship strengthening purpose of the object’s use manifests itself in the complementary shapes of the concrete and porcelain items. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Rebeka Pakozdi : During the project I was inspired by the Cappuccino set of Marco Savard and by the KOOKII coffee set of Fellina Sok-Cham (Lexon Studio). .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Rebeka Pakozdi : I envisioned this coffee set for people or companies who put importance on creating a relaxed atmosphere with the friends, colleagues and business partners. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Rebeka Pakozdi : The most important distinguishing feature is the use of the cups being bound to the tray due to their cone-shaped lower part. Another noteworthy fact is the cup’s volumetric capacity being designed in such a way that it takes the official volume of the various types of coffees into account. For instance the break in the shape’s continuity around the lower third occurs at exactly 30 ml, letting us measure the ideal amount for an espresso. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Rebeka Pakozdi : The name “Relax” comes from the main purpose of the set which is the strengthening of relationships. The item encourages to relax and have a small chat in others’ company. I felt that the Relax name symbolizes the content found in the set. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Rebeka Pakozdi : I used mostly handdrawn sketches and at times Photoshop for the line symmetric editing of the silhouettes. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Rebeka Pakozdi : The nourishment of relationships. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Rebeka Pakozdi : During the project, which I created as a ceramics student at the University of Applied Sciences Budapest, my consultant was Erika Rejka DLA. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Rebeka Pakozdi : As a matter of fact, one of the main goals about this design was to create a handmade product demonstrating high quality without the use of industrial technologies. .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?. Rebeka Pakozdi : The research phase is almost as important to me as the design phase. During the research phase I analyze the potential source materials connected to the relevant project and try to review a wide spectrum of subjects. It is useful for the design phase because it helps me better define the project’s direction. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your co.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Rebeka Pakozdi on Relax Coffee Set at ]

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