My midterm project inspiration was based on an aesthetic, but I ran into so many obstacles that I’m trying a completely different approach. This time I’m making materials and my final object a priority. I want to make something I’ll be proud of, and will use after the class is over. Since I moved across the country, I’m highly lacking in furniture for my apartment. I want to make a coffee table or night stand, or something simpler but will still generally function in the same way. I’ve never made furniture before, so this will be a challenge that I’m sure I’ll regret at some point.
For materials, I can buy wood, wood stain, sandpaper, and brackets. I may even be able to find and use scrap wood at school and local stores.
The Idea Forge at school has a wood-shop, so I have access to machines and space to work. I will have to take the workshop before being allowed access, but that is something that can easily be rectified.
Depending on what kind and how much wood I get will affect what my final aesthetic will be. I also have to research how difficult woodworking different shapes, corners, and curves are, so I don’t try to achieve something I’m completely untrained for. The next step will be to research how furniture can fit into aesthetics. Since I’m limited with my materials, I feel limited in how many aesthetics I’ll be able to fit into. I’m sure if I spend more time on research I’ll be able to find a way to fit into whatever aesthetic I choose, but I don’t want to take on something bigger than I can accomplish in this time frame, or choose a material that is difficult to acquire.
For the dynamic aspect, I’m looking at swiveling tops, drawers, and entire stands. I will need to decide on the final dynamic part before I start, since it will most likely affect the entire design process. Below are some examples of furniture I’ve been looking at for inspiration. Most of the different shapes come from what material is used, so I will try to procure as much material as possible before deciding on a design and aesthetic. While I may not have ALL my materials, seeing what’s easily and readily available is still helpful.