Brief: Is a stool a different way of sitting? Each student was tasked to design and develop a full size, working prototype.
Spring 2019, 14 week project.
BRIDGING THE GAP.
I became inspired by the notion of movement and traveling. I looked at the connections in urban infrastructures and architecture. How they can unite one place to another.
There was a gravitating beauty in archways and this drove my design process into what a stool could be.
Aside from exploring ideas on paper, this project allowed me to explore using real materials. Working from small to full scale, provided the opportunity to refine the concept to reality.
REFINED THROUGH TESTING.
The form developed through experiments with ‘bucks’. By bending wood and creating a structure that can be sat on, I was able to finely tune the actual shape that balanced comfort, aesthetics, and function.
This also allowed for people to experience the design concept in real life.
Having a variety of people from different sizes helped strike a balanced design.
This process was extremely fun and learned a ton. It was necessary as I wanted to upholster the seat with fabric + padding. Each attempt took about 24 hours to cure. After each attempt, I found what I needed to do to make it better and implemented it into the process.
Ultimately finished the project with four different units and two size variants. I originally intended on making them all have the same finishes, but opted to diversify and contrast finishes for the final. By doing this, I learned a lot more about the complexities in fabrics, paint colors / finishes, and how thickness can alter the edge details of a product.