“It is very important for design education to leave room for personal expression.”
– Finn Juhl, “Danish Modern: Between Art and Design”
Cultivating students’ passion and interest in design and transforming them into a chair/furniture is the central module of this project. The
project is designed with the following criteria which are not confining, but open and inviting for innovation:
· An original design that is aesthetically pleasing.
· An offering that can be marketed for residential and/or trade context.
· Any material or combination of materials.
· Appropriate and fiscally feasible for mass production.
Through exploratory activities, students discovered and visualized their personal interests by means of adjectives and images. Abstraction
by sketching was utilized to visualize their interests in simple lines and shapes. These abstract drawings served as a primary ingredient
for initial ideation. As the original ideas sprouting, simple sitting surfaces/structures evolved through the exercise.
“The chair is an immensely suggestive form. It is one of the most anthropomorphic furniture types: It sits and invites setting – even
unoccupied, it has a certain human presence.”
– “How to Design a Chair” by Conran Octopus Ltd in association with Design Museum in 2010.
Running in parallel with personal interest exploration, students were guided through a study about furniture design fundamentals in
terms of sitting typologies, form, ergonomics, and details. The structure and design details were deliberated through sketching and
mock-ups during the examination. This exercise supported students’ conceptual development from initial abstract ideas to relatively
substantial forms. After solidifying design concepts, students were guided through 3D sketching, structure testing, detailing, and final
Since this project was anchored at personal expression from the beginning, the outcome demonstrated a wide variety of designs. Each
design showed a unique theme as a reflection of the young designer. Students’ passion for design was enthused through the process
which is demonstrated through their effort in work and satisfaction to the creation.