Blogging is an activity which is very effective in the design process. Firstly the act of communicating design ideas through a blog makes the designer think about them very carefully. However valuable development can also come through feedback. The comments I have received about the design have been invaluable in the process of improving the design. Design is not an activity which should carried out in isolation. It evolves through inspiration from the world around us, from the needs of people, from work in a range of fields from art through to technology and science and from other designers. It is a holistic activity that improves through input from all these sources. Of course that does not mean that every possible source or idea can be used in the same design. Equally, however, each source does have something to offer the designer overall.
Producing and managing this blog has been rewarding. I have had good feedback that has allowed to me re-examine my original ideas and consider adaptations that could be made to improve or expand the original design.
Using the SeatTable design as a basic pattern for larger versions such as the two-seater sofa version, (which I showed in a rough sketch form in yesterday’s post) or even for smaller versions suitable for children who would be too small to comfortably use this furniture in its original format has helped in developing my skills as a designer. Designs can always be improved on-and this experience is testament to that process of evolution.
This piece of work is very much intended for the mass market, it’s to be easily affordable, easy to put together and serve multiple functions. I think that the basic design has served this intention but it could still be better.
The use of cardboard has been a feature of many comments-people are generally keen that this material is used this way-but clearly it is less able to withstand the rigours of a damp winter if left outside. That has led me into considering the possibility of sealing the edges of the cardboard so that they too become water resistant like the flat surfaces are once they have been laminated with the pattern.
A couple of readers very usefully suggested the possibility of picking up the SeatTable and either folding it down, or transporting it elsewhere. I had originally considered simply using traditional double sided adhesive tape that would secure the flaps once the SeatTable was constructed. However since these comments I have had a rethink and investigated the possibility of using a re-sealable option (a bit like Velcro). I discovered there are reusable adhesive double sided tapes that would allow the SeatTable to be unsealed, folded down and then reconstructed. This makes the flexibility of the SeatTable even greater-it could be used as emergency furniture when dealing with extra visitors or even as an option to take on say camping/caravanning trips.
In addition there are so many possibilities in the look of the SeatTable that could be changed with a different pattern. Plain colours, stripes, even cartoon characters could be used.
One of the latest comments introduces the idea of producing this design in wood. The brief given was to produce a design suitable for cardboard-but the basic structure could also work in wood and be collapsible as Wiolakk suggested. The beauty of this blog has been to show the wealth of possibilities in design.
I cannot thank the readers of this blog enough for their support, their comments and their input. Design is a social venture and each one of you has contributed a great deal. Thank you. I look forward to more discussions with you in the matters of design.
Many thanks to my readers who have posted some interesting questions and sparked off new trains of thought. I think that the questions about cardboard’s durability in exterior spaces have been invaulable-I can’t see why the production process laminating and cutting couldn’t incorporate an edge sealing process too. That would mean that the exposed edges of cardboard would be protected from moisture and could make this more useable outside. I also think there is an opportunity to produce a range of these SeatTables-in different patterns but also different sizes. Here is a quick sketch I have produced showing how the original design of the SeatTable might be adapted to a two-person sofa.
What do you think?
I put the word out about this blog site yesterday and readers have made some valuable comments. Thank you.
I have been inspired by some of these comments. Feedback on this design is always appreciated. It’s vital for me to communicate with people and learning what they like or dislike about a design. It helps me produce better designs and makes me think more deeply about aspects that I may not have considered before. I am including links to websites and blogs that you may find of interest. I hope to have some great discussions about this as the blog progresses. Do remember you can find out about the various aspects of the SeatTable and see videos, animations and images by using the tabs on the header or the sidebar.
Welcome to the blog site of the SeatTable, a piece of furniture that acts as a chair and a table with two stools.
Here you can find information about the Concept and Development of this piece of furniture, its Technical Specifications, the Material and Texture and of course the Finished Design. Feel free to use the links above on the header or on the sidebar to navigate around this blog site. There are videos, animations, images and pdf files available for you to enjoy.
I’d love to receive feedback. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to leave them here.