Thijs Goossink-Nucleus Modular Wine Rack

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(Excerpt) Interview with Thijs Goossink : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Thijs Goossink : Interactivity by modularity. I needed a minimal design, expandable wine rack for my own wine collection, but I couldn't find a wine rack of my taste on the present market. So I designed one myself. Especially with the available colored elements you can make many combinations that actually look great without bottles too. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Thijs Goossink : I wanted to achieve a compact linkage mechanism between compact flat aluminum elements. The elements needed to be flat, not only as a nice feature, but also to be able to ship them easily all over the world. The elements' compactness makes this product highly flexible with regard to the assembly options and the variety of spaces it fits in. It also needed to be capable of holding champagne bottles, which are usually slightly bigger in diameter. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Thijs Goossink : To make it a well known and appreciated high-end product and to be able to invest in the realization of more creative ideas that our company has. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Thijs Goossink : 2 hours from idea to design drawing. 2 years to make the product perfect. I must add that 50% of the year I work at sea as marine engineer offshore. This created some delay in a sense. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Thijs Goossink : I needed a wine rack for my wine bottle collection in the living room. I couldn't find a modular, minimal and contemporary design anywhere else so I designed it myself. .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?. Thijs Goossink : The extrusion and anodizing of the aluminum parts (or elements) is outsourced. Cutting them to size by CNC milling, QC checks and packaging is done by us. We like to keep control over as much of the process as possible to assure the highest quality standard. If sales would increase beyond our capacity, we will probably acquire more machinery to handle it. We love our product and - being an engineer by profession - I like to work with machines. These machines can then also be used to develop other new prototypes and products, or even to perform small production jobs for other companies. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Thijs Goossink : The personal need for a high quality modular wine rack with sleek lines, a playful mechanism and nice materials. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Thijs Goossink : No. Through market research I discovered what not to design. I think most other wine racks have too many unnecessary fringes, shapes and limitations. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Thijs Goossink : Our main target customer is someone who likes interior design, modern art, minimalism and contemporary furniture. But also likes good wines. Those two often form a good couple. Depending on the customers' creativity, the wine rack can very well just be a decorative and interactive piece of art too. On the other hand it can also be a subtle, less conspicuous wine rack that leaves the focus on its content: wine bottles. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Thijs Goossink : This design is the most minimal modular wine rack in the market and consists of the most compact elements with an interesting linkage system. Next to that, an arty setup with a mix of colored elements can be achieved and enjoyed even while empty of wine bottles. However, the structural shape of cells still resembles a traditional wine rack. Thanks to its subtle lines it's all about the wine bottle, the cells' core, the Nucleus. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Thijs Goossink : See answer to the previous question. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Thijs Goossink : Autocad, a CNC router and a brushing machine with a small conveyor belt. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Thijs Goossink : Having an interactive piece of art by modularity of compact elements. You can choose to let it be the main piece of art in your living room, or a subtle wine rack purely for storage of bottles. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Thijs Goossink : For the production process I collaborated with extrusion and anodising specialists. All other processes were a matter of using common sense and my own technical insights and interests. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Thijs Goossink : Quite big. For design and prototyping with small toler.[ End of Excerpt: Read complete interview with Thijs Goossink on Nucleus Modular Wine Rack at ]

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