Idea refinement 3

The images below contain the different options I have produced with Rhino. The aim was to reduce the sharp edges as much as possible so that the shape could be kept at its simplest form.

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Of the 3 shape, I personally prefer the 2nd best. The 2nd shape is not as rigid compared to the other 2 shapes and it gives a flow on its centre piece, allowing the furniture to give off a softer, smoother outlook as a whole.

Throughout this time, I have been trying to source for inspiration with regards to the material for my furniture. I managed to come across an interesting idea which was obtained from the Magis website that was recommended for reference by Fabrizio. There was an armchair which was made out of air-moulded polycarbonate with either wood or woven cane.

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This intriguing chair subsequently gave me the idea of moulding or 3D printing the frame of the furniture with the basic shape before using rattan to weave the spaces in between, as seen from the picture above.

Keeping this in mind, I went on to conduct more extensive research on 3D printing joints as I had concerns over having a height-adjustable stand. Eventually I was able find examples of other furniture which had similar height-adjusting functionalities. They adjusted their height by allowing the furniture’s legs to be folded inwards and this gave rise to my idea of designing my furniture stand to be similar to this.

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Elsewhere, I went to look at samples of all types of cradles for inspiration and I stumbled on a cradle that was also made of rattan. Looking at the cradle, I decided to use its base structure as a template for my design with modifications to better suit my furniture. In addition, I feel that bamboo would be a more suitable option as material for the stand.

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Author: Ivy Lee

I am currently a Year 4 student studying Product Design in NTU ADM. I love things that are fun and interesting.