I always wondered how much hardwork a designer puts in her designs for getting the theme, the concept, the lines, the colour, all the visuals together. It is just a part of the process where one is a dreamer, sketching the ideas on paper and working towards living that dream into reality, working together with a craftsman who applies his skills to help us bring our designs to life. This particular project made me realise my own potential to bring a vague idea to live- from paper to an actual product.
It all started with a project brief- a chair inspired by Star Wars. It had an unrealistic structure at first when I got inspired by the architecture of the natural environment pictured in the movie- the domical structures on the Tatooine planet and the lines depicted in interior of the death star. One of the sketch which I took forward for my final design- it was like a pretty decent outcome with the first attempt.
Then it was time to get the design drafted with an idea of all arches and lines measured and drawn out and taking a feedback from the professor (a furniture designer himself). It all went very well, now it was time for detailing out the joints in the chair. I never knew a simple chair can have so many joints and this was a complex design with about 24 joints in wood. It mostly has mortise & tenon joints- one of the strongest joints in furniture. The final measured drawing of the chair was drafted out with a 3D visual, which had to be given to the carpenter for preparing a prototype. Below is the 3D visual of what the final design looks like. I had various material ideas for the final design. For this prototyping, it is made in wood and finished in dark walnut polish and upholstered in leatherite- to get that visual impact as the concept had.
It is 5ft in height with a total of 8 legs and 5 arches. I will be posting the final prototype image shortly.
Feel free to give feedbacks or any query if you have regarding the design.