During the projects completed so far in our course, I have begun to notice a signature style to traditional Asian design in general that is instantly recognisable. I wanted to take this week as an opportunity to capitalise on my knowledge and create a product that came across as being genuinely of Asian build. I decided on a chair as being my vessel for design as it is of manageable size, easy to manipulate and of simple construction. I had a look at some existent chairs and started to come up with my own designs.
I decided that the curve to some of the pieces was quite unique so I wanted to use that in the final product. I also though that blocky curved legs would support the sitting surface sufficiently and also make the entire structure more sturdy. The iconic backing to traditional Asian furniture really grabbed me, so I decided to explore some of the patterns used and create my own versions.
I combined all my favourite parts of the designs into one product and settled with a quite unique piece of furniture, which to me appeared to be quite Asian in appearance.
-To construct he back of the chair it would be necessary to create a 3d CNC guide route. It would then be cut in the furniture design building (71) after arranging a time with a technician via email. Bringing the piece of wood specified in conversations with the technician would be imperative, as the machine requires an exact size and thickness to work with.
-The main sitting surface would require good carpentry skills to create, as it is in one piece and could only be partially machined through sanding. Another option would be to outsource the shaping of this specific piece of wood to a reputable company who would provide you with a solid product (such as Innova Colonial Furniture).
-The legs of the chair could be bought in planks and then cut at an angle using a drop saw. They would then most likely be joined to the curved sitting surface by dowling and glue, as any visible screws would likely wreck the feel of the piece. This could all be done in building 49.
Depending on the selection of wood, (most likely Hongmu, a South-East Asian hardwood) the entire chair would then be sanded back (before assembly) and varnished several times. This would ensure the longevity of the piece, as well as provide it with a very finished look.
To access either piece of machinery it would be necessary to make a technician aware that you would be present at a certain time and what you would be doing specifically. If assistance or supervision is required (most likely for the CNC) then you would have to talk to a technician to organise a certain time. Both machines are capable of cutting several materials and are both able to work with Asian hardwoods.