• Mid - Review Summary


    As I have not yet made and tested my prototype yet, this is what the critics said:

    -The majority of people were unsure about how durable and strong the structure is.

    -They wish the wood color / texture would resemble traditional Chinese furniture.

    -Reference the traditional Chinese furniture joinery for strength/stability.

    -Make the prototype immediately to find out about any problems that may arise.

    -Don’t design without knowing how the structure is assembled.

    -Rethink the proportion of the chair to suit modern consumers.

    -Research the standard price and size of ikea furniture and other popular furniture brands.

    -Include more design possibilities for consumers so they can further customize the furniture at home, e.g. add or take out components.

    -A critic said my system idea is very western- Is that what the Chinese people need?

    -Other methods (aside from wood stain and plastic laminate) for placing color on the furniture

    -Improve the comfort of the chair by finding a balance between the system and the end product- the system should be as good as the product.

    -Corn based lamination -> to be researched

    -Rethink some of my design options- make a connection between the modern and traditional style?

    -Make the design options unified so it reads like one brand.

    My next step is to build my prototype ASAP and complete all the above mentioned suggestions.

    Happy Spring Break!!

  • Michael, Thank you for the summary. Look forward to seeing where this has gone.

    Your graphic presentation is looking nice – the boards are well organized and readable. The prototype presentation at the midterm review was not as slick as the style of your furniture will require. Lose the clay figure – it distracts from and covers the detail of the model. A paper or acrylic figure cut-out next to the chair will provide scale without distracting from the design.

    Your argument: I question whether you should be responding to what you have found Chinese consumers prefer – I think the essence of your argument stems from their (perhaps latent) desire to connect to the past. The great potential of this project is not coming up with a seemingly marketable chair, but rather proposing a design action that is a relevant and intellectual response to Chinese design and cultural identity.

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