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.