Design of a Postmodern Couch

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Designing a couch using principles of postmodernism and modularity for Design students to work and to discuss.

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Design of a Postmodern Couch

  1. 1. Design of a Postmodern Couch<br />
  2. 2. Why?<br />Why Postmodernism?<br />The Freedom<br />Rebellious<br />Relates to ‘design’ students<br />Emotional<br />Why a couch?<br />Need<br />
  3. 3. How<br />Design Process followed<br />Incorporation of Postmodernism<br />Design Brief<br />Need Statement<br />Inspiration<br />User Study<br />Specifications & Constraints<br />Ideation<br />Final Concept<br />Concept Refinement<br />Modeling<br />Prototyping<br />
  4. 4. Design Brief<br /> Designing a couch using principles of postmodernism and modularity for students who use Den Lambda.<br />Objectives:<br />To understand post modernist theory and how it works in the context of Furniture Design as well as space management.<br />
  5. 5. Need Statement<br /> To Design a Post Modern Couch for Students by using elements of a traditional ‘khatiya’ which will be used for discussion and resting.<br />
  6. 6. Inspiration <br /><ul><li>Play of Sunlight in Voids
  7. 7. Weaving Patterns
  8. 8. Ornamental yet functional legs
  9. 9. Specific colors of structural elements
  10. 10. Recurrence of elements within a piece
  11. 11. Tactful use of dissimilar elements
  12. 12. Harmony through sensitive balance
  13. 13. A symmetry in various asymmetries</li></li></ul><li>User Study <br /> - Behavior of the students utilizing Den Lambda was observed to come up with specifications and constraints for the project. <br />- The students hold discussions quite often. <br />- The furniture are moved around a lot.<br />- Some students work overnight and rest occasionally for short periods.<br />- While working students prefer to take notes of discussions. Laptops are also often used.<br />
  14. 14. Specifications & Constraints<br />Sitting and Resting<br />Flexible in movement <br />Lightweight<br />Should facilitate use of laptop<br />Easy to manufacture<br />Should follow Postmodernism<br />Should be conductive for discussions<br />Should stay true to local values<br />Cost Effective<br />Space Efficient<br />Comfortable<br />Aesthetic<br />Cater to the style consciousness of the young user group.<br />Should raise curiosity about postmodernist principles.<br />
  15. 15. Specifications & Constraints<br />Sitting and Resting<br /><ul><li>Flexible in movement
  16. 16. Lightweight</li></ul>Should facilitate use of laptop<br /><ul><li>Easy to manufacture</li></ul>Should follow Postmodernism<br />Should be conductive for discussions<br />Should stay true to local values<br /><ul><li>Cost Effective
  17. 17. Space Efficient</li></ul>Comfortable<br />Aesthetic<br /><ul><li>Cater to the style consciousness of the young user group.</li></ul>Should raise curiosity about postmodernist principles.<br />
  18. 18. Quantification<br />Sitting and Resting: It should cater to 3 to 8 people<br />Flexible in Movement: <br /><ul><li>It should be modular in nature
  19. 19. At least 3 movable units shall be incorporated</li></ul> Should facilitate use of laptop: 1 to 2 laptops<br />Cost Effective : Less than Rs. 15,000.<br />Space Efficient: Less than 7ft X 5ft (the space currently available in the Den).<br />
  20. 20. Material Exploration<br />Materials used: Mahua, Sesum, Seem, Babool<br />Alternate materials used: Coconut Leftover, Munj, Patava<br />Price Range: <br /> Rs 300 - Rs 800<br /> For Sesum khatiya: Rs, 1200-1800<br />Dimensions: <br />6’6” X 3’ X 1’ 6”<br />6’X 4’ X 1’6”<br />Details of manufacturing:<br />Adhvain knot is used<br />Minimum use of nails<br />Ball and socket Joints<br />Tongue and Groove Joints<br />
  21. 21. Ideation<br />
  22. 22. Concept Finalization<br />
  23. 23. Concept Finalization<br />
  24. 24. Concept Finalization<br />The design that sufficed most of the specifications and constraints was finalized.<br />The design also facilitated modularity with pronounced postmodern appeal<br />By adopting angular geometries, the design became more flexible. This also endorsed Postmodern values to the furniture significantly.<br />This also allowed a more efficient space management compared to other forms. <br />The inspirational details of Khatiya were satisfactorily integrated in the final design.<br />
  25. 25. Concept Refinement<br />Material for seating has been revised. Earlier Plastic threads were to be used. However, to make the seats more comfortable, elastic ropes have been proposed.<br />The corner in the larger seating, i.e. seating no. 4 has been rearranged.<br />Color palettes for enhancing the Post modernist appearance of the furniture have been selected. <br />Color coding has been provided to make sure that the modular units of the furniture are placed back correctly without confusion.<br />
  26. 26. Colors Selection<br />
  27. 27. Modeling<br />baithak<br />
  28. 28. Prototype<br />Mockup of the design<br />Materials Used:- <br />Woolen Threads,<br />Medium density fibre 6mm <br />High density polyethelene <br />Chloroform (Adhesive)<br />
  29. 29. THANK YOU……<br />

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