I have to remember this from somewhere along the research stage,
During the time of the industrial revolution, designers started focussing their furniture design on the ‘want’s of the people.
The furniture was designed for individuals as oppose to groups therefore encouraged people to become more distant from others, enjoying their own ‘private’ space as this was a luxury after baring the cramped conditions at this time.
Now in the 21st Century, when using many designs i.e. bus stops, tables, sofas, environments, spaces…people are now uncomfortable with people that they don’t know.
So with the design I am working on, my concept is aimed at allowing people to have their own space(as this is proved to be crucial) whilst sharing their space with other people, in a way that is subtle and takes away that forceful element of leaving their comfort zone by standing/sitting next to someone they may not know.
Working prototype, to show the engineer the where sensors should be set…
This is a result of myself experimenting with 2 composite materials…wood and acrylic. I found a way that the light can travel through the wood. The studio song was not intentional but strangely fits this short prototype video.
I have designed a table top however I now need to research/decide what the rest of the table will look like for the exhibition. Something simple that will not distract from the main design. I will keep it simple and I will have to take as little time as possible on this part…
http://www.fopple.com/pool-effect-inspired-contemporary-tea-table-design/ is a nice conceptual example I have come across so far.
Inspirational design that a table is more than a table. You can get something from a simple product…
The three most suited colours here to the coffee shop environment are orange, green and white. The blue and pink often come with the party lifestyle there would suit a place more noisy like in a night club. The lighting colour is important as it will create a certain mood in it’s selected location. Although the light against the wood will create an elegance, I must be certain that I choose the best colour. Dark birch wood with the white glow will create a clear minimalist feel but may seem too minimalist and allow the product to become ‘cold’. Dark birchwood with the orange glow will still pass for ambient however the orange may create too much of a modern twist as it is a common colour associated with new sleek products, however it could work. I thought using green with the dark wood would create a neutral feel and allow the product to result in how I intended for it to remain as low tech and natural as possible. This idea is so that the table can pass off a natural feel onto it’s users to minimise force and sustain comfort.
The majority of my final design will be made from recycled wood. To give the design a great quality finish I will work with used wood where I will sand it and cut it in various ways to find the most ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing style. Because my theory work has covered subtle concepts throughout the development stage to compliment the idea of my design I will carry on this theme with the final product. To do this I will use the rapid prototype machine to cut into the table top to extrude grain-like shapes so that the light can glow through these. This will allow the wood to look like it is naturally glowing and I hope by keeping a natural theme, the end product will have a greater ability to connect with it’s users ‘naturally’.
These are some images from the last few days as I have been closely looking at form and material selection.