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

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]
Research

VISUAL RESEARCH: Materials

I envision a modern and unconventional structure paired with strong and durable materials for my sit+store furniture piece.

I have 2 ideas for the furniture unit. I will either use cherry or maple wood for the main bulk of the structure or if I want more of a flowy and flexible design, I would definitely opt for plastic as it is much easier to manipulate.

Maple can add a light colour to the furniture which provides a clean and crisp look.  A material like wood (especially maple) is known for its immense strength and hardness and can guarantee durability. Plastic on the other side is also extremely robust and has a long shelf life. Apart from that, it is also artificially produced and easily mouldable which could be of great value. My design could go completely two separate ways depending on the material I choose. Where wood will make my furniture look comfortable and welcoming, plastic can seem more interesting, modern and artsy.

If other additional adornment is required in my design, I would definitely use chrome and glass because it can transform any composition to a more glamorous and contemporary look. I think the transparency of glass and reflective nature of chrome gel well together and can create a twist in the final product.

As for furnishing, I want a more comfortable look rather than something luxurious as I intend my furniture piece to be used regularly. I am personally attracted towards microfiber fabrics and cotton/polyester blends. These are durable and extremely soft. Leather might also be an alternative option.

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Microfiber

Image References

  1. Online Design Teacher, (2016), Furniture Materials [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.onlinedesignteacher.com/2016/02/furniture-materials.html [Accessed 8 March 2017]
  2.  Germes Online, (2005), Microfiber Fabrics [ONLINE]. Available at: http://www.germes-online.com/catalog/82/86/351/page4/63593/microfiber_fabrics.html [Accessed 8 March 2017]