• Charrette Exercise

    Well-being, Industrial Design

    I interviewed two people this time about my project first and second questions are answered by Tim Vireo Keating from Rainforest Relief. The tired question was answered by a friend of mine who is a graphic designer the company called F&T Group in Flushing.

    1- How does the idea of recycling natural material work?

    This looks good. I'd like to see more about where you're getting the wood from. Depending on where, it could, indeed, be a high-tech venture to make the parts. I think you mean putting it together, when you say it's low-tech. But that will require parts that are consistent. What stream of material are you going to tap for that? I'm trying to think of a source and can only think of one that might fit you're need: cedar water tanks. There's not a huge amount of them but I know a guy who recycles that wood. He might be interested in talking to you, since he's looking for ways to utilize the wood. If you could come up with a design similar to Lincoln Logs or Lego where parts fit together, that would be really interesting. Also, it would be good to refer to some other specific type of furniture that you might be displacing in the market, since this could add to the positive environmental impact.

    2- How do you think about my recycling process for wood scraps? Does it seem workable, affordable and efficient?

    What stream of material are you going to tap for that? I'm trying to think of a source and can only think of one that might fit you're need: cedar water tanks. There's not a huge amount of them but I know a guy who recycles that wood. He might be interested in talking to you, since he's looking for ways to utilize the wood. If you could come up with a design similar to Lincoln Logs or Lego where parts fit together, that would be really interesting.

    Also, it would be good to refer to some other specific type of furniture that you might be displacing in the market, since this could add to the positive environmental impact.

    3- What comes in your mind when you see my design sketches? I think there are more possibilities in form. Now you already have solid idea, but I think you can spend more time on the form itself. Since you want irregularity as your design language, you can adjust the size to even more extreme. For example, you can design one big leg with three small legs. This is a very simple idea to show what I’m talking about the idea of “EXTREME.” Organic shape is another suggestion for you because what I see in your design so far are all very rectangular. Even though they are quite interesting, I still they are not there yet.

    Personal Conclusion: It is very helpful to see different people’s point of view from different fields. One is based on the production line in real life and the other is focusing on the visual satisfaction. Although there are just 3 questions not too less not too many, they are directly pushing my project to another level. I have to develop more on the form itself in terms of the shapes, sizes, colors and materials. I also have to start contacting different furniture shops and some other possible recycling organizations to see if I can collect their wood scraps for my thesis project.

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