I am participating in a furniture design studio class which sponsored by MADWORKSHOP - The Martin Architecture and Design Workshop.
It is a 14-week long personal project, and the assigned topic is designing a set of outdoor furniture/ fixture for public space.
We started with researching current outdoor fixtures in public space, and defining our own design language.
It's basically asking who am I as a designer. It's such a fundamental question yet we barely have a chance to find the answer in the regular product design studio classes.
Through this practice, I picked four keywords that represent my design style the most: simple, handcrafted, harmonious, and playful.
The experience of interacting with outdoor fixtures is about the freedom of escaping from the concrete jungle, embracing the wonderful nature outside, even just relaxing under the sunset by yourself. It could also be the gathering time for you and your friends to share the happiness in your life, or to create this fun and playful memory with them while interacting with the fixtures. The simplicity is the essence of the entire experience.
After seven weeks' research and ideation, I landed on this "FOLD" concept, which is inspired by paper folding.
I use triangles as the basic unit to build the structure, and create a system to expand this concept to be a series of outdoor fixtures.
It's a great experience to present my work in front of our clients, and get feedback from the real world.
- image - 1: 1 scale mock-up