Concept Development

Concept Models

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As discussed earlier in the collage and sketches post, my inspiration for the construction of the sit+store furniture is geometric shapes and sharp edges. Nets and steel framework are highly influential on my design and this is what I tried to experiment with while assembling these models.

The arrangements are made using a simple element, toothpick. This has also be picked on purpose as it is made of wood which is my probable material choice.  The crisp and clean white background portrays simplicity and emphasize the structural design of the model itself.

cm1One of my first models displays a cube like structure where the single straight lines are a highly integral part of the construction of the design. These not only create an interesting front and side view, but also form eye catching shadows, which will be seen in all the models below.

cm2Another arrangement which has lines coming inwards and outwards could be a possible idea in the design of my sit+store furniture.

cm3 A highly simple model with no intersection also creates fascinating shadows which reflect the concept very well.

cm4After all the simple arrangements, I tried a more complex design which created different polygons like pentagons and triangles. cm5Both of these final models hint a complicated construction with enthralling arrangements and gripping visuals.

I have tried to cover materials, form, texture and even colours through my model which makes it more relatable to the initial collage composition and research done till now.

Here is a slide show of the model images for a more detailed view.

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Concept Development

Concept Development

After constructing the collage and coming up with a few initial sketch ideas, I decided to build on my knowledge and designs to see what kind of possible compositions I could come up with.

My basic initial concept is geometric shapes which can be seen predominantly in my collage. These have inspired me to play around with basic shapes before indulging my thought in 3 Dimensional drawing.

aSketching basic lines and basic volumes got me thinking about possible structural elements and arrangements. bOnce I was sure about the shapes and forms that I wanted to include in my design, I started to combine elements together. I created an initial frame work of the furniture and started thinking of where to place what. By converting a 2D front view to its 3D form helped me visualize what the possible direction of the layout could be.

cAfter exploring some basic forms, I started to branch out and focus more on how users would be interacting with the design in question. I wanted it to be both for sitting and lying down (as these are the positions I personally alternate between when I am emerged in a story) . Possible seating features were thought about and how the furniture could look as a whole.

dThen it was time to think about extrusions. How I would extrude my 2D design into 3D tangible forms. A basic 2 dimensional drawing was extruded and I also started sketching how I would combine my 3D elements together to come to a desired final composition.

eThen I started investigating individual storage compartments that I would like to add in my furniture.  What shapes would the have? Are they cubes? Or should I use cuboids? Or a mixture of both? I also started thinking about how these could be created and formed.

fOnce I knew the basic framework of the furniture and I was sure of the individual components that I wanted to add, I started thinking about methods of access. How a user could access the storage facilities? There could be several options, with the addition of sliding doors or even traditional knobs. Maybe even keep it simple and sleek by not adding any type of coverage for the storage units.

gNow that I knew of the rough idea of how I wanted to accommodate my ideas into the furniture, I ha d to investigate the lighting effects. How addition of light could affect my design or how ambient lighting could add more tones and shadows to the furniture? Would it work in favour of my design or against it?

Then to form a final rough sketch of all my ideas and sketches together,  I created a drawing to showcase what the final look of my furniture design could look like. Of course, change is inevitable as progress cannot be made without it. Once I start working on the technical details of the design, I might have to make adjustments, but for now, this is the design that I have developed. h

Concept Development

Sketching Ideas

Now that I have developed a concept collage, I have a clear perception of what elements and characteristics I want to manipulate in my design.

I am inspired by geometrical shapes, when it comes to deciding the form of my furniture piece, sharp edges and intersecting lines. These will form the base of my design.
elementsInitially, I started sketching some ideas for storage mediums using different shapes like cubes, diamonds, cuboids, pentagons and hexagons. These are inspired from the net hammock and steel framework shown in the collage. All my sketches are made on paper using different pencil weights. I clearly want to incorporate comfortable seating arrangements with functional and practical storage designs.

developingOnce I had a rough decision on what type of structural components I would be using, I started developing possible framework for the furniture purpose that I imagined. I want my design to incorporate both comfort and function to create a book readers’ paradise where there is storage possibilities as well as ergonomically correct seating and relaxing opportunities. sketchI created few different designs which can be developed further for my final piece. Each having different vibes to them. I created two sofa ideas which, at instant look, can be differentiated from one an other because of their difference in style. One is extremely contemporary and minimalistic where as the other is more homely and welcoming.

One of the designs constitutes of a hammock as well, which is a direct inclusion from the collage. I have experimented with different storing facilities , such as shelves, drawers, framework boxes and pull out cabinets.

My favourite development however, is the structure which incorporates a hanging bench which is highly inviting and intriguing to any viewer. It is the ideal way to display comfort and incorporate modern and sleek storage features as well.

One of the questions I ask myself while designing is whether I would buy the piece  that I am creating.  When I sketched this particular design, my answer was definitely yes. I would like to further develop and experiment with this design to see what more possibilities lie outside the restrictions.

Concept Development

Inspirational Collage

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Before jumping into designing, it is very important to develop a concept which can form the base of all design details in stages later on.

So, I have constructed a collage using multiple images and altering them as I felt necessary. Different people have different perceptions of collages but here is my interpretation of the composition that I created.

For my Sit+Store furniture piece, I am inspired to create a unit that accommodates books, magazines and any sort of reading material while providing a relaxing and comfortable seating area. The most essential and integral part of my furniture would be the comfort that it offers and hence the main subject of my collage is a woman relaxing on a hammock, reading a book. This depicts that she is comfy in her position and enjoying her book as well. This also gives me possible ideas of mixing elements that can allow both sitting and lying down.

When it comes to the actual constructional components of the furniture, I am attracted towards geometrical shapes with sharp edges but intend to create an overall soft and inviting look. This inspiration can be seen in multiple fragments of the collage and forms the back bone of the design production.

It is also very easy to derive the colours from the collage. On instant notice, a person can judge that the colour palette leans towards a monochromatic scheme with pops of hues laid over top of the final piece.  It depicts smooth material choices like wood, plastic and chrome and maybe even a few natural resources.

In conclusion, the collage triggers a feeling of relaxation while portraying possible design elements as well. It shows unity in it’s composition and steers the mind of the viewer to a certain style and concept of designing.

Images used in collage:
1.Princess in the Tower, (2015), Reading, Audiobooks & Apps [ONLINE]. Available at: http://princessinthetower.org/10-ways-to-lift-your-spirits-in-spite-of-chronic-pain/  [Accessed 14 March 2017]
2.fineartamerica, (2017), Contest – Art photography Must contain a shape Rectangle square triangle or any straight line image [ONLINE]. Available at: http://fineartamerica.com/contests/art-photography-must-contain-a-shape-rectangle-square-triangle-or-any-straight-line-image.htm l [Accessed 14 March 2017].
3.GRAPHICTWISTER, (2015), White Raw Curved Wooden Texture [ONLINE]. Available at: https://graphictwister.com/white-raw-curved-wooden-texture/  [Accessed 14 March 2017]
4.1wallpaper.net, (2014), Form, Shape, Space wallpaper [ONLINE]. Available at: http://1wallpaper.net/form-space-shape-wallpaper.html#.WMdogW-GPIU  [Accessed 14 March 2017]
5.bedroom.in-planet, (2016), Contemporary Stylish Sofa Seat Levitating Above Books DesignRulz [ONLINE]. Available at: http://bedroom.in-planet.org/book-sofa/#  [Accessed 14 March 2017]