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When designing something material and mechanical, something to be used by another, I keep the “end-user” in mind. The intended design must be, in every regard, what has come to be termed “user friendly”. Applying this maxim to convertible furniture, such as sofa beds, futons and loungers, resulted, essentially, in a new kind of convertible furniture. Sofabeds and futons that could roll, recline, “just lean back” ,combine with each other and even be used outdoors. To be truly user-friendly, they not only had to operate effortlessly and simply, they needed to be comfortable, strong, durable and of course, beautiful.

In the broader sense, I believe, that the method of producing a design must essentially be as “eco-friendly” as the design is “user-friendly”. And this can only be born by a strict adherence to efficiency – the design itself and its method of production must be…

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When designing something material and mechanical, something to be used by another, I keep the “end-user” in mind. The intended design must be, in every regard, what has come to be termed “user friendly”. Applying this maxim to convertible furniture, such as sofa beds, futons and loungers, resulted, essentially, in a new kind of convertible furniture. Sofabeds and futons that could roll, recline, “just lean back” ,combine with each other and even be used outdoors. To be truly user-friendly, they not only had to operate effortlessly and simply, they needed to be comfortable, strong, durable and of course, beautiful.

In the broader sense, I believe, that the method of producing a design must essentially be as “eco-friendly” as the design is “user-friendly”. And this can only be born by a strict adherence to efficiency – the design itself and its method of production must be “quintessential” – no extras, no redundancies. And in this way only, by seeking out the “quintessential” in design and the rendering of the design can the eco-friendly truly fuse with the user-friendly.

On the other hand, when I am playing my classical guitar and I am composing, I am not playing or composing with anyone else in mind – I am playing just for me. I just gotta play - and the music just wells up – it is a consolation and a comfort to me. There does seem to be a relationship though, between my musical compositions and my furniture designs… somehow, relaxing and just leaning back on a comfortable lounger and listening to soulful, soothing acoustic guitar music go really well together.
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