My design story
The final product
Apart from using technical drawings, images and gifs, I have also created animation videos. These help in visualizing the actual product at a different level as it gives an insight into the structure and construction of the model. Visual aid is always very important in any art project and the following videos will give life to my sit + store project.
Now that I have come to the realization part of the project, I have created a digital model to make understanding and visualizing my furniture design easier.
Before I started thinking about material application, I constructed the model with simple components which included both additive and subtractive elements. The modelling of the furniture was easy and quick as it includes repetitive units and a lot of stacking application.
This collage shows a perspective view of the model as well as the front and back. I also created a gif to aid with comparing both front and back of the model with ease.
The materials, as mentioned earlier, are wood, fabric and jute. All these are natural materials that provide a homely vibe while incorporating the modernistic simplicity of contemporary design.
As seen in the technical drawings, the furniture design also includes a swinging bench with enough room to swing without disruptance from surrounding elements.
Here is a collage of the model including shadow and material applications from different perspectives.
I am thinking of using a neutral colour scheme with a pop of colour to add character to the furniture unit. I think a neutral colour scheme give a classic look and style like no other. These simple colours accentuate the structure and construction of the furniture and highlight the form rather than bringing attention to anything else. This can be achieved more through my stuctural materials while the upholstery could incorporate accent colour in the furniture.
You can have a look at the possible materials choices to relate more to the colour palette.
The accent colours could include rich, subtle colours that enhance the design but also produce a claming vibe rather than using neon bright hues.
Different colours can give a different vibe and so I must choose a colour relevant to my design.
These colours provide a more elegant and iconic visual and would be my choice of accent colours if the constuction of my design is more sophisticated and luxurious.
However, if the layout and build of my furniture is more modernistic and experimental, I think brighter playful colours would compliment the design and add to the visual impact.
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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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Form of an object is what defines the structural appearance of it. For a piece of furniture to stand out, unique forms can be used. This is what differentiates an average piece of furniture from a designer item.
For my particular ideas, I am inspired by flowing continuous pieces as well and edgy and sharp lines. My aim is to create a furniture unit which is captivating and not just comfortable and easy to use, but a piece of artwork to be admired as well. Creating depth can transform a 2D bland design into an appealing and attractive 3D tangible object.
I want my design to be distinctive and these images inspire me to create something which might incorporate curves and fluidity or jagged sharp lines with soft edges.Use of abstract shapes would also be complimentary to this kind of design.
Experimentation with geometric shapes can also lead to a very interesting design and form of any object. I might have repetitive features and patterned elements as well.
Bear in mind that these are just initial thoughts and reactions to the design brief and might change during the actual designing process.
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