Ken Harris-Heartland Table Sustainable Furniture

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Interview with Ken Harris : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Ken Harris : Our focus was to develop a sustainable piece of furniture for, Icon Modern, that would be equally at home in a in a residential, commercial, or corporate setting. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Ken Harris : We set out to completely understand the environmental impact of the furniture manufacturing process, and then to find measurable ways to reduce that impact, or carbon footprint. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Ken Harris : Icon Modern, currently offers the design for sale. For more information you can visit https://www.iconmodern.com .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Ken Harris : Approximately five months. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Ken Harris : Icon Modern, has a mission to produce furniture that is gentler on the environment. Fred Sparks, has a specialization in Sustainable design. Once we were aware of one another it was only a matter of time before we'd team up on something together. This design was the product of both of our organizations desire to produce beautiful artifacts while being mindful of the effects that manufacturing has on our environment. .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?. Ken Harris : Icon Modern, currently offers the design for sale. For more information you can visit https://www.iconmodern.com .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Ken Harris : A desire to design quality products whose production are gentler on the environment that we all exist in. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Ken Harris : I think that everyone on our team has been inspired by the great mid-century modern furniture designers. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Ken Harris : People who love clean, timeless design, and who care about the environmental production costs of the things that they purchase. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Ken Harris : That we took the time and applied our expertise to assess the carbon foot print that was associated with our concepts in order to arrive at a best option. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Ken Harris : In the USA, the Midwestern region is often referred to as the "Heartland." Since all of the design, material sourcing, and production occurs in the Midwest we decide to name the piece "Heartland Table." I suppose also because the work was a labor of love. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Ken Harris : Pen and paper, Adobe Creative Suite, Solid Works, Sustainable Minds .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Ken Harris : Sustainability .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Ken Harris : We of course collaborated with the manufacturer, but also our Life Cycle Scientist partners at Sustainable Minds .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?. Ken Harris : Yes, we had to research all of the material, process, use, and end-of-life factors that have an impact on our environment (the life-cycle carbon footprint). .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Ken Harris : Primarily, working within the manufactures capabilities. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Ken Harris : Design is what we do at, Fred Sparks. It's what we're passionate about. We know that the world is full of many talented designers and great creatives. I suppose that at some point we decided that we wanted a honest review by our peers and along side our peers to see where we rate, but also so that we'd have an opportunity to share our passion. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Ken Harris : I/we learn new things everyday through our creative process. I'm not sure that there is one thing that stands out. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Ken Harris : Only that the process of developing the Heartland Table was a lot of fun thanks to our great production partner, Icon Modern, and our LCA partners Sustainable Minds. Working with great people and great organizations makes all the difference through the creative process. .

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