Salvatore Solito-Small Dogs Toy

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Interview with Salvatore Solito : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Salvatore Solito : My design it’s emotional and instinctive. The inspiration for my works became from a desire, an emotion or a memory. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Salvatore Solito : Create an object that looks real and alive. Dog it’s a toy which become a piece of furniture, you can find everywhere, when the hosts arrive.. it doesn’t hidden itself in the toy box, because otherwise it’s a mess, it is not ashamed to be a toy, it is dignified in manners, in colors and materials, it can stay in the living-room, in the kitchen, in the bedroom. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Salvatore Solito : I would like small dogs were produced in series, and distributed. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Salvatore Solito : from the first idea to the prototypes I spent 6 months. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Salvatore Solito : The project was commissioned by my daughter Giorgia; The desire and emotion of Giò were to have a small dog, like all children, I suppose .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?. Salvatore Solito : I think these products have to be accessible so they have to be produced in series, this will bring me to plan to sell or lease the production rights. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Salvatore Solito : Satisfy a child desire. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Salvatore Solito : for this project, I think at young families, children and gathering places, like children garden, playground. people who wants to give a cheerful touch to their home. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Salvatore Solito : Unique is the sentiment which inspired the object and urged my instinctive creativity, my daughter’s desire for a dog. Normally, I put attention to the little things, little daily needs, little emotions, in this way I create healthy, pure and simple objects, aimed at the satisfaction of children and pleasantly useful for adults. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Salvatore Solito : To draw the small dogs I was inspired by real dogs, Hector and Dudu Tobia Small dogs are the most simple and direct way to group them into one project .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Salvatore Solito : Starting from hand sketches, I refined them using CAD software. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Salvatore Solito : the forms, which, although minimal, give the feeling of a dynamic, real objects. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Salvatore Solito : on production phase, I had a support of numeric control machine technician, who help me to finalize the shapes, working on prototipes. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Salvatore Solito : technology will be absolutely important to made this project a success, finding ways to produce them in series with quality and accessible price. .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?. Salvatore Solito : My design is istinctive, so not influenced by cold statistical needs. I tried to reach the most easy and recognizable shape, then, I played with layers to give three-dimensional aspect. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Salvatore Solito : Of course, the main problem it's still the budget, specially for the proto phase, the economical moment don't help young designers to express themselves with all the potentiality they had. So I spent a lot of efforts and time to finish the project with a low cost budget. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Salvatore Solito : Pushed by all the people who appreciate my work and the desire to have one of my dogs at their home, I'm trying to made this project visible to a company which will bet on the possibility to produce and distribute them. I hope this award will give me this possibility. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Salvatore Solito : Following the different phases I discover that a real designer have to think at 360 degrees, looking at the aspect but in a realizable way. .

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