Alessandra Meacci-Dharma Bookshelf

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(Excerpt) Interview with alessandra meacci : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. alessandra meacci : The idea inspiring this project was to bring green into the house in an unusual way : I drawn a Bookshelf with a light structure made in iron rod, where climbing plants can grow between books, determining a soft division in openspaces. I chose the hexagonal form for the wooden modules, a form inspired by the beehive, to strenghten the “organic” feature of the project. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. alessandra meacci : My focus as designer is to create objects that live in the space where they are positioned, through the changes of light during the day, and by means of the interaction of who use them. Dharma has a minimal wireframe rod structure and hanged wood hexagonal modules, that create a succession of empty and full spaces. Letting grow a climbing plant over the rod structure, you can change the visual composition and you can also establish the degree of transparency of your room-divider. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. alessandra meacci : I’m searching for someone interested in a production. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. alessandra meacci : It took me about one month.The difficult in developing this project was to define the base module. I was searching for a shape recalling nature, that can lend an organic feature tho my bookshelf. After several attempts, I defined a kind of three-dimensional hexagonal modules, inspired by the beehives. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. alessandra meacci : As Architect I know that many new houses have big wonderful open spaces, that often are unfortunately difficult to furnish. I was searching to draw a piece of furniture that can be used as a room divider, to ensure a good quality of use of open spaces, preserving, at the same time, their brightness and largeness. Moreover, nowadays there is always a larger desire to have plants in the house, making them an integral part of our interior design. When I drawn Dharma I tried to combine these two requirements . .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?. alessandra meacci : I’d like to found a company that can produce Dharma, remaining linked to my product with royalties. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. alessandra meacci : Often, as interior designer, I use room-divider to improve the conditions of use of open spaces .So I decided to draw by myself a bookshelf that can be use as a light partition preserving the largeness and the quality of light of the room, and that can be also used to integrate plants in the home furnishings. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. alessandra meacci : Someone who loves bright and colorful space, that is searching for pieces of versatile furniture and that loves the idea of inserting plants in an unusual way in the interiors. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. alessandra meacci : I used a very unusual shape for the wooden blocks of the bookshelf: I developed an hexagonal three dimensional module that recall the cell of a beehive. I made also accessories to ensure easy use of hexagonal modules. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? Wh.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with alessandra meacci on Dharma Bookshelf at ]

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