Pvm: 11.06.1999

Osasto: Sisustusarkkitehtuuri - ja huonekalusuunnittelu osasto

Tekijä: Buchalter Sanford

Työn nimi: Furniture design connections; Mechanical cultural and symbolic communication


This diploma project has three primary goals. The first is to create a collapsible that is, rigid and durable, assembles and disassembles easily without requiring any tools

or added pans, and uses a distinctive structural theme. The second goal is to demonstrate the development of a process-oriented methodology for design. Designing based on a process-oriented method seeks to identify significant events of our modem society and then redirect these visual and symbolic references throug4 technology. My approach is to explore how technology can help create designs that adds harmony to our modern life. However, my exploration expands beyond the traditional linear concept of time and seeks to use both the technologies of the past along with the innovations of the future. The third goal of this project is to create designs, which can be readily adapted to modem methods of production and manufacturing.

An important measure of quality is for furniture design to stand "the test of time". This applies in equal part to the visual and structural components of the product. I view this "test of time" as a significant component for sustainable design, which is a further goal of this project. The challenge, however, is how to emphasise lasting value in a disposable society. The current speed of change tends to produce objects with a shorter functional life cycle, yet it is imperative to extend the life cycle of the structural objects we use in our lives. If furniture design produces products without enduring visual relevance and structural strength these object contribute to a living environment is filled with symbols of decay rather than quality. Furniture design which coveys a sense of stability addresses not only the human need for physical comfort, but also responds to the broader human need for a sense of stability in response to the rapid changes of society in the technology age.

There, is an opportunity when creating mass produced objects, such as furniture, to respond to the stresses caused by societies rapid technological advancements by providing objects m our environment which act as a counterpoint to disposability. The more we face rapid changes the more we will want stability. Central to this project is the concept of adapting modern furniture design to bridge the gap between the demands for functionality (disposability) and stability, which is represented by the presence of quality and permanence.

Aineisto: 1:1 wooden furniture prototype, photographs and text

Asiasanat: sustainable design, collapsible furniture and process-oriented method.