Tony
Alleyne

(www.24thcid.com)

July 2005 A.D.
Interview with 24th Century interior designer
Tony Alleyne, Leicester U.K.

U.K.
MIRAI: Before 24th century interior design, you were a professional DJ, could you tell us more about that, what styles of music and where did you play?

TONY: From the age of 20 I became a professional DJ working for mainly large entertainment companies throughout the UK. Most of the venues I played were mainstream so the music I played had to cater to a mainstream audience and ranged from Top 40 pop to some House and R&B. I later became a producer/writer and released tracks via, PYE, EMI, Wicked Vibes & Abbey Disks.Scored a number 1 in Dublin with a Hard House track called Epidemic. Strangely enough, the title was taken from an early Star Trek episode. Recorded under the names, The Son of Caesar, North Atlantic Cool & Area 51

MIRAI: How long did it take to build your space-age home from start to finish?

TONY: I began work on the transformation of my apartment in 1999 and completed the project in 2004. At the moment I am upgrading the design to Star Trek Voyager.

MIRAI: What were the main problems you to had to face? for example, integrating the electronics?

TONY: There were various problems involved in the construction of the Star Trek apartment but none of which couldn’t be solved with a lot of thought and patience.
Some of the problems involved cutting Plexiglas, concealing electrical wires, sourcing various lighting effects and remote devices. Overall there were no problem that couldn’t be solved.

MIRAI
: Are you using any new or unique type of materials or objects for your interior design? like LED or intelligent ambient lighting? or are there materials you would have liked to have used?

TONY
: I use various kinds of LED’s for LCARS and other backlit features. High bright LED’s and z-led supplied by: (www.agilight.com). A new form of lighting, z-led will be used when re-designing the Brig. I believe in lit areas and not lamps/naked bulbs standing in corners with wire trailing to a socket.
MIRAI: When the photos are compared of the original apartment to your new one, the old style seems quite ugly. Obviously you had to remove any kind of anachronistic furniture. How do you cope when bringing any new objects into your home? Do you specifically buy very contemporary items, or do you hide things in cupboards?

TONY: All the furniture in the apartment’s transformation has been built specifically to compliment the interior. Examples can be seen here: (www.nonydesigns.com)
The original furniture was thrown out.


MIRAI: Do you have any advice for fellow Sci-Fi fans where the best places are for shopping for 24th century type items?

TONY: You can’t buy 24th century interior items. You have to buy the materials and construct it yourself. Timber, Plexiglas, LED’s, paint are some of the materials used and are universally available. It’s not what you buy, it’s how you apply it.

MIRAI: Since you built your apartment you've had quite a lot of interest from the TV & media, could you tell us about that?

TONY: There have been many TV & film crews at the Star Trek apartment over the last 5 years. The last one was SKY TV filming on 24th June 05 for a show called ‘The real British Suburbia’ to be shown later this year. Film crews from Spain, France, Australia, San Francisco, Holland, Germany and the United Kingdom have visited the apartment to film. One of the most interesting was the Trekkies 2 crew from LA with Star Trek’s Denise Crosby and director Roger Nygard. It can be fun, but it does involve a long day when a film crew arrives – anything from 6 – 12 hours.

MIRAI: Have other people asked you build a similar home? what interest from other parties have you had?

TONY: I get lots of enquiries, mainly from the USA enquiring about my interior work but, as soon as they know I don’t work for free, the enquiry stops there. Then there are those who just want to pick my brains for ideas. I’m afraid I seldom reply to anyone who wants free information.

MIRAI: I personally moved to Tokyo because of its somewhat Space Aged environment. I think today it may still be the closest city in the world to anything we see projected in Star Trek. Where's the most futuristic place you have been, or would like to go? have you ever been somewhere you felt very comfortable with?

TONY: Other than my own apartment, I can’t say I have visited anywhere that is ‘futuristic’. Places I’d like to visit would be Egypt, New York, Tokyo and Antarctica. I would agree from what I’ve seen and heard, that Tokyo is leaps ahead of the rest of the world. Must confess, I did feel comfortable when I visited Los Angles.

MIRAI: Talking to other Star Trek fans and progressive people about your work I was surprised to hear many of them say:
"It's a great design but I couldn't live in such an apartment". What do you think about that? Do you feel ahead of your time, out of place?
Born a couple of centuries too early?

TONY: What others think about my work is of no concern to me. We all live our lives to suit ourselves, or so it should be. There are many who are trapped by tradition and can’t see past that so their opinions, as far as I’m concerned, are just that, opinions. I don’t feel I was born ‘out of place’, I just have ideas about interior that suit my lifestyle.

MIRAI: Seeing as your living area is now very futuristic, are there any other parts of your lifestyle or mindset which you also consider the same? do you feel misunderstood by people in any way?

TONY: From a very early age I have always believed that we haven’t moved on in terms of interior design. Furniture, lighting, design concepts are, as far as I’m concerned, fixed in 20th, if not 19th century. Although I am living in the 21st century, my design ideas have always been slightly further a field. We seem to be trapped by tradition when it comes to interior design and can’t get passed old concepts like ‘a room should have a focal point’ the fire place with family photos neatly paraded, television in the corner, 3 piece suite, the ‘one bulb’ hanging down from ceiling, scatter cushions, pictures on the wall. The list is endless.

MIRAI: What will happen if you decide to move home, would like to build an even bigger 24th century living space?

TONY: If I move house, I would like a bigger project that I would apply a combination of contemporary and science fiction design.

MIRAI: Thanks Tony for the interview, and LIVE LONG & PROSPER!
INFO-LINKS:
(www.24thcid.com) (www.trekkies2.com) (www.startrek.com)