Maurie Novak-Prism Coffee Table

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Interview with Maurie Novak : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Maurie Novak : It is hard to define a single principal or idea as being behind the design of Prism. I would say that a deeper goal I have with this design and other, is a desire to create a balance between opposing concepts. Composed of a minimal frame, which holds within it a complex array of elastic, Prism's frame is created using modern technology, whilst the elastic has to be painstakingly threaded by hand. Its geometry weaves a complicated pattern which is in fact the result of only two simple equations. Its frame is silver stainless steel which radiates into a rainbow of colour. It is only by uniting these opposing ideas that Prism is able to form a balance. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Maurie Novak : My main focus in designing this piece was to completely perfect a design that I felt was worthy of being refined. I wanted to take the opportunity to take one of my designs and make sure every aspect of it works perfectly, without fault or flaw. I have conceptually designed hundreds of ideas, I have built tens of these concepts myself, but I had not until now taken one of my designs from being a one off, to being a refined manufacturable design. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Maurie Novak : I have until recently been working for others. Recently, I launched my own company and am taking on projects that I am passionate about and want to pursue. This piece of furniture is the first piece that I have had the opportunity to fully develop, and aim to find the right avenues to begin selling this piece. I am using this piece as a jumping off point for my business, hoping it will lead me to a point where I can develop further design concepts. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Maurie Novak : I came up with the basis of this design about a year and a half ago. I left it in the conceptual stage for quite a while, just considering it and refining it before attempting to build it. It took me about six months and a few prototypes to come to the finished design. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Maurie Novak : Prism was designed as the pursuit of an idea. I wanted to see how I could integrate string art into a living environment in a functional way. This was my starting point - as I continued, I found lots of areas that I wanted to investigate. .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?. Maurie Novak : At this point I have produced a limited run of the piece myself. I am currently finding stores and galleries to display my piece. I may soon produced another lot of tables, but in the long term I will have to evaluate my options of how it is best to produce and distribute this table. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Maurie Novak : String art has always struck me as being quite beautiful and expressive. However it is a type of art form which in general can be appreciated either by having a two dimensional artwork on ones wall, or as an instillation piece viewed in a gallery. I wanted to take this concept, and try to give it form in a functional way, a way that one can have a large scale piece of art to appreciate, but for it to fit into an environment in a practical way. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Maurie Novak : There has been a lot of string art appearing across the internet over the past few years that has proved inspirational. I would say that in particular the beautiful works of Gabriel Dawe helped to inspire the creation of Prism. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Maurie Novak : By virtue of the expensive and difficult production process of making this piece, Prism would be targeted at a higher end consumer. However I am aiming to develop further pieces with different production methods and materials which could be available to a wider market. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Maurie Novak : To be honest I have not yet come across pieces of furniture that I know of that have the same principals and complexity. I may be wrong, but as far as I know Prism stands alone in its uniqueness as a table containing a sculptural piece of this sort. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Maurie Novak : The name Prism developed along with the design. Beginning the design process for this piece, there was a world of variability and possibility available to me. Needing to refine and set some rules by which I could design my piece, I used a prism as inspiration. A prism has a triangular form which refracts light into a rainbow of colours. This tool informed the colour choice and form of the design - leading to the name 'Prism'. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Maurie Novak : I worked with a local metal fabrication company called 'Wade Fab' to produce the steel frames for my table. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Maurie Novak : Technology plays a key role in the production of Prism. A laser cutter is used to evenly drill the 196 holes that make up this table. A CNC router is used to rout a channel into the tables frame. Without the use of these technologies the table would not be able to be produced as perfectly as it is. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Maurie Novak : There were many challenges that I faced in the realisation of this concept. Materials, and material strength was always a challenge which almost saw this design scrapped along the way. I like to be uncompromising in the realization of a design. Having a frame that is 16mm thick, and is able to support the glass and the elastic within it was quite a challenge. Material selections for the strings was challenging, as string was just inappropriate for the project, and finding the right type and weight of elastic was not easy. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Maurie Novak : I first released images of my design on the internet, and it found its way only many design blogs. Seeing how well received it was, I decided that I may as well give it a go and enter it in this competition. The worst thing that could happen is not winning. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Maurie Novak : I have and am still learning a lot about taking a project from a concept through to a manufactured piece - it is a challenging process which I am really grateful I have the opportunity to undertake. .

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