Top 5 Constraints

For my final project I’m creating a functional furniture piece with varying aesthetics. These are the top five constraints for my final project.

  1. Aesthetic types: In my previous post I mentioned the use of the minimal and vintage aesthetic. I think i’d be best to constrain my project to these two aesthetic types so I can move forward in the design process and focus on the relationship between these aesthetics and the overall functionality.
  2. Material: This is another important constrain for my project. I’d like to create a piece made out of wood and metal. Integrating the two materials may be challenging. I’ll have to do some design work and research to verify if multiple materials is viable.
  3. Manufacturing Process: This constraint depends on the previous constraint regarding the materials chosen. If I end up using metal i’d most likely create drawings to use the idea forge machine shop. If it’s just wood I can use the wood shop in the idea forge as well. Overall the manufacturing process for my project can be completed on campus.
  4. Functionality: This constraint depends on the overall design of my piece. If I create a chair i’d like to focus on the overall design with respect to the comfort. The goal is to make a piece aesthetically pleasing and pleasing to use.
  5. Size: This constraint depends on the overall design. I’ve had a few ideas about chairs however other types of furniture may suffice.
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  • Ibrahim Alhajji
    March 10, 2019 7:03 am

    Hi Brandon,
    I like your idea. The Constraints you have mentioned is challenging but you can overcome them. I am having the same issue where I have not decided on the aesthetics yet. My plan is to research similar designs and that would inspire my aesthetics. Good luck.

  • Andrew Lapham
    March 9, 2019 3:13 pm

    Brandon, it sounds like you are having a hard time narrowing down the aesthetic. That book that Professor Hertzberg has on chairs might really help you narrow down some ideas. The materials also might be a little difficult to decide on.

  • William Benson
    March 8, 2019 1:05 pm

    Great thinking here Brando-O. I would be careful with the mininalism aesthetic! You dont want it to see like your going below the bar. Cant wait to see it!


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