For my final project, I hope to embody the modernist and minimalist aesthetic into my artifact to hopefully make something that is eye-catching in its simplicity and effectiveness. I am still in the brainstorming phase of what artifact I specifically want to make because I find chairs extremely thought-provoking and an amazing showcase of engineering and design. At the same time I also really want a coffee table in my apartment and I could easily implement a dynamic portion into the design by making the top of the table rotate which could be a very fun way to use rollers and either hide them away from the viewer or let them be part of the aesthetic and get showcased. For the chair, I was trying to think of more creative ways to implement motion and I was thinking more of a rocking motion where the chair goes backwards to increase the comfort of it. Below I have inserted a few images that have me excited to embark on this project:

Mesa Chair design from

Minimalist coffee table from


Another coffee table design that is more modern but could add some interest:

Looking forward I am excited to go through more brainstorming on my final idea and get into some material selection for my design. I look forward to seeing the comments on what everyone thinks about this idea and if they have any recommendations and places to look for more ideas or possible materials to use for easy fabrication at this stage when working with the resources that we have at the University. Thank you for reading my post this week and I can’t wait to see your comments!

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  • Colten, these are some great initial ideas and I like the rotating coffee table because I have never seen one that rotates. The minimalist aesthetic would look great with this dynamic feature. The chair can also turn out great. I think it’s very difficult to design a chair that is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. I am excited to see what you end up deciding on.

  • Trent Bjorkman
    March 3, 2024 4:26 pm

    Hey Colton, nice aesthetics, I really like the variety of potential ideas. I’m a big personal fan of the idea of making a chair! Have you considered doing steel tube bending? It’s relatively inexpensive and all the tools for it should be at the idea forge.

    • I love that idea of steel bending I am wondering if that material would fit the aesthetic of minimal modern? What post-secondary operation is needed to make that happen?


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