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.
Concept 3, Lisa 2017
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.
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
- Surface board can change size
- Scandinavian feel
- Made for commercial spaces rather than homes
- Can be taken apart and packaged flat
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.
Posters for the gifs! Something I hadn’t really thought about at all until last week. Trying to get some ideas I started out sketching small images of different layouts I thought could work. I liked the images but couldn’t get the type right so I started experimenting with the type instead to see if I could get anywhere with that. Well, I didn’t. Thinking about movement, repetition and layering I tried drawing type, collage, cutting up type, blurring type, stitching. Didn’t like any of it. The only one I did like was the “may” in blue and yellow, however when I tried the same technique for the other words it just looked really gross.
Sketches for posters, Lisa 2017
Our final idea for hanging work and systems for display that we settled on became based on the metal grids, white paint and tape. As the grids would replace our current pegboards, we could get rid of those but would still need to keep our wooden tables and bookshelves to display work/books that need to lie flat or stand. As the wood didn’t really fit our theme we decided we could paint the furniture white so that it goes better with the rest of our aesthetics. Because our idea focused around keeping the space as neutral as possible, painting everything white is good because it gets rid of the various existing colours all around the studios.
I decided to work more on our Helvetica type before pitching our idea as I had left it a bit incomplete (when I put all the letters into the template from the website I used, the M and W were cut off) so I re-scaled all the letters, making them smaller so that the two causing problems would fit. Not super fun but when I got into robot mode the work was done pretty fast. The first time I worked on the typeface I got impatient and didn’t really care about how the letters actually worked together, but now after re-doing it I decided to look at the way the type worked when you used it. Turns out, the letter “I” was way too big in relation to the other letters (which wasn’t really noticeable before) and none of the letters were actually sitting on the same line. After fixing that, and looking at the tracking more, I was happy with what I had.
After looking into what more things/ graphics you could do with tape because I thought I hadn’t explored it enough I found these images of how some exhibitions have used it:
Tape inspiration, Lisa 2017
I thought that we could do something similar when hanging work. In this sketch I did we were still into the idea of using coloured tape as wayfinding so I thought we could use that for the hanging as well but for the final idea I swapped the coloured tape for white tape so as to fit our theme better.