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TOP DOGS TIPS - march 7, 2016
Interview with Adnan Al Maleh & Eliana Reggiori at Monday
FS: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
AE: The idea was inspired by our 3 dogs. Having dogs as a pet is forcing them to live against their nature holding in pee and poo. Our objective is to protect them from urinary infections, meantime have an appliance that cleans automatically. During winter snowing period, we realized the difficulties for elderly and disabled friend to take their pet outdoor. As we are an architect and a project manager we design a easyuse appliance that can help them to keep their houses clean and protecting dogs of disease. Keeping in mind that a minimal design can be well integrated with many different styles of interior and the possibility to choose and customize according to the personal taste.
FS: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
AE: Studying the increasing number of dogs travelling with their owner in sailing boats, yachts, motohome and considering the importance of dog as pet terapy for elderly and disable people, the objective was to create an appliance that can be usefull during travels and indoor during winter periods. The impact on quality of life for dogs and people was a priority.
FS: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
AE: We would like to find a company to which lease the product but we want to follow the production
FS: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
AE: From the first idea to the final design took us 6 years
FS: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
AE: We design thinking about people and dogs needs and we pursuit our inspiration
FS: 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?
AE: We would like to lease the production or producing ourself depend on chances
FS: What made you design this particular type of work?
AE: Our dogs needs and also our elderly and disable friends
FS: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
AE: Not really
FS: Who is the target customer for his design?
AE: All people that have dogs and love them
FS: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
AE: Because is the first automatic toilet for dogs invented
FS: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
AE: PoLoo is a easy name to remember and the mean is quite obvious
FS: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
AE: A lot of tools from design to render
FS: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
AE: The Uniquity
FS: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
AE: We ask advice to an engineer for the technical aspects
FS: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
AE: The role of technology is primary
FS: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
AE: We have conduct a research on needs
FS: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
AE: The challenges was to design an appliance that could be portable and fixed
FS: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
AE: We believe that A Design Award is the right place where to present our project
FS: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
AE: We learn a lot on dogs, habits and washing technology
FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.