James Lee-Paperclip Armrest Armrest For High-Density Seating
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Interview with James Lee : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. James Lee : In high density seating arrangements such as such as the theatre, train cabin or economy class cabin, there’s typically only enough space for a narrow armrest between seats, which can be rather frustrating for users. The main idea of the Paperclip Armrest is to add a second level to the armrest so that neighboring occupants can both the same armrest at the same time, eliminating the battle of the elbows. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. James Lee : The main focus in designing the Paperclip Armrest has been the efficient use of space. I wanted to create better living space for without sacrificing seat density, in other words, bringing comfort to consumers without affecting the economics of the business operators. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. James Lee : I hope to co-operate with manufacturers of cinema seating, public seating and aircraft seating to produce outstanding new products for customers. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. James Lee : It didn’t take long to design this concept after the inspiration came. But the Paperclip Armrest is not just one design- it is a family of designs with the same basic principle, and I’ve created a number of iterations of it since coming up with the concept. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. James Lee : The elbow room struggle in high density seating is a problem which has bothered me for long, and that’s why I’ve decided to pursuit this project when the inspiration came while sitting in a seminar. .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?. James Lee : I intend to sell or lease the production rights to manufacturers of seating products. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. James Lee : I’ve always been fascinated by spatial usage in high density seating, especially things related to aircraft interiors. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. James Lee : Target customers for the Paperclip Armrest include cinemas, theatres, operators of lecture halls and conference rooms, airlines, train operators, coach companies etc. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. James Lee : What made this design special is that there’s nothing similar in the market which solves the same problem, and in such a simple manner. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. James Lee : A paperclip is a very simple yet useful tool widely used in everyday life. Just like the humble paperclip, the Paperclip Armrest is an amazingly simple solution to a widespread problem faced in everyday life. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. James Lee : The most unique aspect of the Paperclip Armrest is its simplicity. .
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