Match and Mismatch: Development 4

Match and Mismatch, Studio- Give and Take

The concept I will be developing is my first one which focuses on manipulating the bench in shape and has a more darker and experimental feel. I made a lot of collages, cutting the bench up and stacking the benches on top of each other thinking primarily of the postcard series and how I could make an image and then cut it into 4, making the postcards go together as a whole instead of 4 individual designs. Nothing really worked out though and after a riso workshop (seen below) I realised why. With the bench in that small size, it just looked too dainty and cutes-y and that doesn’t fit my concept at all.

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Riso prints, Lisa 2018

Match and Mismatch: Development 3

Match and Mismatch, Studio- Give and Take

My third concept is more about how you use the bench. Different ways you could sit on it, stand on it, lie down on it. I thought about how Charles and Ray Eames had a very playful relationship to their furniture pieces when photographing them and wanted to do something similar for this.

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Concept 3, Lisa 2017

Match and Mismatch: Development 2

Match and Mismatch, Studio- Give and Take

Second proposal is the colourful, lego vibe-y one. Lots of yellow!! And I finally settled on blue as well to complement the yellow. Tried it out using red at first but just thought of food when I looked at it so I had to throw that idea away. So this idea uses different tones of yellow, one dark blue and one cyan and all the backgrounds are always coloured in and there’s no white space anywhere.

All the concepts2

Concept 2, Lisa 2017

Match and Mismatch: Development 1

Match and Mismatch, Studio- Give and Take

Working more on my ideas for the three concepts I got very into doing something that incorporated nature in some way and started sketching ideas that included the material more- so birches, leaves and oak trees but it wasn’t really working. It kind of felt too light and dainty but in the same way too messy as well. So I looked a bit at the designers that my furniture student found inspiring: Konstantin Grcic and George Nakashima. Nakashima makes pieces that focus heavily on the material used, so a tabletop could actually look like it was just chopped down from the tree.

Match and Mismatch: Research 3

Artists and Inspiration, Match and Mismatch, Studio- Give and Take, Workshops

For the workshop next week that’s going to be spent in the darkroom, I have been looking into photograms and what you can do with that technique. Man Ray is very much a favourite, his images are so varied too ranging from very abstract to very concrete with the images being very low contrast which makes them very poetic. My favourite one is definitely the hand because it looks so alien and nice!

Man Ray Photograms

Match and Mismatch: Research 2

Match and Mismatch, Studio- Give and Take

After meeting my client last week, I now know more about the bench and how it came to be, the designers he was inspired by when making it and the choices behind the materials:

  • Can transport easily
  • Minimal use of material
  • Low skill production process makes it easy to produce
  • The incorporation of oak makes it feel traditional
  • Slim design
  • Looks expensive but cheap to produce
  • Functional
  • Surface board can change size
  • Scandinavian feel
  • Made for commercial spaces rather than homes
  • Can be taken apart and packaged flat

Match and Mismatch: Research 1

Match and Mismatch, Studio- Give and Take

This project means working for a client and creating designs that present their work in the best way, so a bit more straight forward than the previous studio brief as this needs to feature an object and make it communicate in an appropriate way. My piece is a bench that could also function as a table and can be made longer or shorter by adjusting the length of the seat. The whole thing is made out of wood- french oak for the legs and birch ply for the seat and has a very sleek, streamline appearance. 

Summer Show: Outcome 4

Design competition, Summer show exhibition

Final thing to mention that play an important part in setting up the summer show is fundraising and promoting the show. For this, we brainstormed a few ideas in the group, starting by creating our target audience and molding our suggestions around her (a creative woman in her 20’s that likes vintage shops). I find it really difficult to think of fundraising because it isn’t something I have ever had to do. We talked a lot about the connections we had and what we could get for free or at a discounted price but as I really don’t know anyone with any special skills relevant to this I couldn’t contribute much. Our final ideas landed on two main things though; a rooftop party event with a raffle selling posters and prints made by students, and a workshop in screenprinting which I think is a great idea because that is something we have available here and also something we can charge a bit more for as it’s not available in many places.