Design ideas and models: 21/11
Within this next stage of work we began design the chair we were going to create. Taking ideas from our persona questionnaire, we started to sketch out different combinations of chairs. In a presentation from Richard, he showed us previous chairs that were created by students who did the project in previous years; he also showed ideas of research of other innovative chairs. There were a couple that really stood out to me, in particular the stool made up of books. I loved the simplicity of a stack of books held together with belts; this gave me an idea to use books as the secondary object within the chair. We discussed ideas and began sketching some initial designs. After sketching we made some mock-up 3D samples on mount board to get an idea of what they’d look like 3D. The images below are a mixture of both what myself and Adam created.
From these we created more sketches, beginning to think more about the form of the chair and where we were getting our inspiration from. Within the client briefing, Fiaz spoke a lot of his travel, particularly about a mosque he’d visited that he really liked so we wanted to take inspiration from these shapes for the design of the chair. Looking at the arcs, we took main inspiration from this for the arms of the chair – below are images of the model we did for this. On a particular mosque we were looking at, which is where the founder of Pakistan was buried, there was a pattern within it of steps/brickwork which we both thought would be a nice touch of detail for the back of the chair. The arches within it was where we were getting the inspiration for the form from.
Further designs: 23/11
On the day of designing before drawing it up on illustrator, I was on my own for the day so I continued to further explore with ideas. There was a specific mosque Fiaz spoke about within the persona questionnaire which is a beautiful mosque that the founder of UAE designed. It’s a really stunning piece of design and it was this that I took most of my inspiration from for the project. There are so many forms and shapes within the building which I thought would be perfect to use within the design of the chair. After a tutorial with Craig, he’d spoken about continuing to use inspiration from the mosque but to also look at other aspects of the Middle East – such as art – to continue with the theme of travel I have with my chair. I looked some really beautiful piece of Arabic calligraphy which would have been brilliant to use but instead I took inspiration from the flow of the writing for some of the arch’s within the design. Further into the day, I spoke to Richard who suggested that I become more abstract with my shapes as they were becoming too realistic so I continued to do this. I also discussed the idea of using books as the secondary object; the idea is to stick the books completely closed and together and then to cut them into the shape of an arch for the leg. There will be a piece of plywood inside so that’ll be the structure of the chair and then the books are just an added aesthetic for it. As I was continuing to design I had the idea of having something to do with Wales in the chair so that it representing his role within the university; he spoke that a main part of his role was combining cultures so I thought that this was something that would be really nice to incorporate. My main idea for this was on the back of the chair to have a quote by a famous Welsh poet – Hedd Wyn – written in Welsh calligraphy. Another idea suggested by Richard, was to use Welsh wool in the shape inspired by the imagery I’m using, as a pillow on the chair; so I more subtle link to Wales but would look nice on the chair.
Final design sketches
Illustrator file – 28/11
Unfortunately my partner didn’t turn up today so I spent the day doing the illustrator file in preparation to cut scale size models on the illustrator. The scale model needed to be at 1:5 and in order to create to right size model, I was using the ergonomic drawings I had done previously in the project to get an idea on scale. This was quite a difficult task but I tried to be as accurate as possible. For the real size chair, it needed to be cut on a 1200x1200mm piece of 12mm plywood, so for the scale model it needed to be designed on a 240x240mm art board which would then cut onto a piece of 3mm plywood. I managed to fit all the pieces that I designed on paper, onto the art board.
Further designs and Illustrator file: 29/11 – 30/11
On the 29th, myself and Adam cut a model on the laser cutter after I’d created the file on illustrator. The model worked well however there was slight problems with it where certain parts fitted together so we needed to redo the file so it did that. I corrected the file then the next morning we recut it where it did fit together. Though there was problems with the way it fitted, overall I really liked the design. I felt that the joint worked well with everything slotting together nicely and the general look of it really work – I was pleased that my design came out really well.
Throughout the day then on the 30th, myself and Adam had a tutorial with Craig who had suggested that we’d redesign the back of the chair as he felt that there was no clear similarity with research as there was with the rest of the design. So me and Adam then went back through our imagery and worked at redesigning the back for the chair. We took the same mosque as inspiration but decided that we should etch in the pattern and make the stagger of the corner have smaller gaps so that it was more relatable to the inspiration. Then on the other corner, we came up with the idea of having a piece that comes out of the chair – on this piece it would have a Welsh poem written on it. The idea of this would be that the Welsh poem and etched pattern on the back would be together as one piece so would represent the combination of cultures. After coming up with this idea, we finish the illustrator file and reprinted it one more time.