Saturday, March 6, 2010

Furniture in Use!

Here we have some photoshopped pictures showing what our furniture would look like in real life. Its amazing how well they fit in, isn't it. Can't you just see youself playing cards in the atrium or chatting in the screened off area!

Friday, March 5, 2010

More Pictures!

Here are a few more pictures of or miniture furniture models so you can see how they interact with each othermore clearly. Not only are the individual pieces of furniture modular, they are also designed to fit together perfectly. However, this wouldn't be possible without the teamwork displayed by our design team. It wouldn't have worked this well without excellent communication of ideas.

These pictures also show our chaisse-lounge which we couldn't make a model of without a bandsaw. It is ergonomically designed to fit the curve of the body and only becomes more comfortable as it gets more used. This piece is also designed with a modular theme in mind,shown in the final picture. These relaxing chairs can easily be slotted together to form curved layouts perfect for social interaction and discussion.

The chaisse-lounge is also very flexible, as it can fill many other roles. They can slot together to form a backdrop to a stage. They can be used in conjunction with the screen to form a more complete barrier. It also has all the advantages that come with being made of cardboard. They are strong and caneasily be disposed of when they become too worn.

We have started work on the model of the chaisse lounge, and cannot wait to see the finished results

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Here are some pictures of the downsized models we created!

The chair created, was designed by Adam Keilthy and is modular in a way that a few of these chairs are stack able and will store neatly in a room.

The space itself is very flexible. For example, the space can be set up anywhere, anytime. Also, the screen can be bent and flexed to suit the area you are in.

This furniture is very ecologically friendly as it is all made from a recyclable material. This material is cardboard which is extremely hard wearing and strong if placed together the correct way.Once the chairs become worn or tatty the waste Product can simply be recycled.
The design of the desk was thought up by Rob Newman and Harry Spain and the Screen by Sarah Twaddell, but the designs wouldn't have been modified into what they are now without a great deal of teamwork.
The team was proud of their weeks work on the project and we look forward to gathering all our work and condensing it onto the final presentation sheet!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Solid Stuff

Tuesday 9th February: Solid works

Today after yesterdays inspiration playing with K'nex and other building materials we created chairs on solid works. We came up with some interesting, hard wearing designs which we will begin to make on a smaller scale from cardboard tomorrow! It helps to draw what you are going to make to scale first so that the measurements on your finished product are correct!
We used the Metric Design book to get the measurements the chairs should be. In the end we came up with some really interesting yet simple designs and got positive feed back from Grainne.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Some of the 'Dead Areas' in the School

Watch this space for a brief explanation, to be done tomorrow

Pupils Plunge into Project Preparation

Monday 8th February : Brainstorming Begins ...again ;) As the class is out undertaking two weeks of work experience, not everyone is working on the project at present. However, we are keeping in contact with everyone via text, e-mail etc. Currently, four students are working with our two architects during this week and our first meeting was today.

The main subject of conversation was narrowing our ideas down. This was surprisingly easy considering we had so many ideas originally! We broke the design down into materials, furniture and technology.

On the concept of materials we seem to have one prominent 'textile' which is affordable, light weight and recyclable. The principal idea with the furniture is to have it modular and adaptable to any area or space, and the primary ideas for technology are having computers easily accessible for both teachers and students.

We have decided on creating our learning space as a zone used during break time or between classes as these are the times when students are not in a class room. It has been proven in our school that there is few places for the students to go during break time which have suitable seating, insulation and entertainment. However, there are some 'dead spaces' we have located which would be perfect for transforming into an interactive area.

Our wonder material is cardboard! Light weight, low cost, easy to work with. Our team of four, with the help of Mr Timmins, have collected loads of scrap card board which we will be cutting and forming into small scale sized pieces of furniture.

Harry and Adam are experimenting with 3d shapes on solid works and Rob is creating shapes from K'nex and other building materials, Sarah is sketching ideas for furniture and updating the blog. We will also be making a video of us making the carboard furniture and playing it double speed, so look out for that as it will be up soon!