Sayoko Shibuya-Teapotmug Teapot

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Interview with Sayoko Shibuya : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Sayoko Shibuya : Since I have experienced both cultures; British and Japanese. I enjoy talking about similarities and differences as it affects our everyday lives. Tea culture is something very common between us and I got interested pursuing this experience into design. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Sayoko Shibuya : Since I started this project, I researched many different type of teapots, and just came across without handle could be useful to reduce space and create minimal shape. The form and function were main focus to develop the design. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Sayoko Shibuya : Ideally I would like to distribute this design in the world. I am happy to develop this and provide more variations. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Sayoko Shibuya : I did used drawing softwares both 2D and 3D, also wooden machinery. min body part was made by a ceramicist. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Sayoko Shibuya : I had ceramicists' help to make this. she was very supportive to develop my shape and meet to my requests. .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?. Sayoko Shibuya : As the teapot has no handle, to work out the size was important. Physical test with many mugs were made to find out comfortable size to hold. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Sayoko Shibuya : I believed that participating in this competition would be not only great opportunity to promote my designs and myself, but also it would be a lot of help to develop even more by having feedbacks. .

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