Clive Walters-Hive Multipod

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Interview with Clive Walters : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Clive Walters : The main principle of the design was to create a pod for large breakout spaces. I took inspiraction for the form of the Hive from a sphere. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Clive Walters : The main focus was to be forward thinking and not hold back on the design as these issue could be solve during the later stages. So it was critical that the design was bold and stood out if we achieve this the design would be a success. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Clive Walters : It's really important that people by into the design, it would be great to see these being used across the board in all public buildings. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Clive Walters : It took roughly 12 months starting from the concept stages through to the completed product .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Clive Walters : It was a design concept that had a lot of interest so we took it through all the design stages until we had a completed product .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?. Clive Walters : At the moment the Hive has been produced by the compoany I work for. It would be great if the product took off internationally, in a country more open to bold designs. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Clive Walters : I was asked by my boss one day to design a multi functional pod and there were no limits just be creative .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Clive Walters : I had alot of critic from my boss who helped me develop it through to the final product .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Clive Walters : The target customers are vast and I wouldnt want to single anyone out. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Clive Walters : This is a totally unique design and I have not seen any similar product current on the market .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Clive Walters : The name Hive seemed to come naturally to most people and over time it stuck... We did play with other names like dome and orb also. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Clive Walters : The initial concept was done using Sketchup and free handed drawings. Once we had a rough idea of how we wanted it to look, we then created a 3d model it in Solidworks. Within this piece of software we were able to ensure it could be constructed. A programme was then created in Autocad to send to the cnc machinery so it could be built. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Clive Walters : The design is unique and unlike any product i've seen soits hard to compare .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Clive Walters : The main calloboration came in the development stages with Paul Barlow .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Clive Walters : We limited the use of technology to simplifi the constructin of the final product. The fittings need to constuct the Hive are dowels and connector bolts. .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?. Clive Walters : Research didn’t really happen when creating the design it evolved organically from start to finish .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Clive Walters : The main challenge was during the ensemble of the product, but after building it a few times these quickly disappeared. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Clive Walters : I believe so much in this product and felt the only way to get it seen by a wider market was to enter it in a design competition. Sometimes the hardest part of creating a product is getting it marketed in the right way especially if people see it as being out of the ordinary. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Clive Walters : Learning is something that you never stop doing, I know have more knowledge then when we started and I can apply this in future products. .

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