A small-scale design and manufacture of barstools with a focus of belonging.
In a small team, develop at least 10 barstools to be sold at a public show using 5/16th in. cold rolled steel and one material of your choosing.
We started by creating a vision through words we wanted our barstool to embody and reference to as we continued throughout the exploration and prototyping process. Knowing that our barstool would likely end up in a home setting we narrowed our focus to that arena.
A place of safety or refuge
How can we create a feel of haven through material choice and manufacturing of barstools for a variety of home spaces?
STAGE 1: MATERIAL SELECTION
We chose cherry wood as our additional material because it offered variety and personality to each barstool through the natural gran pattern, finish, and number of panels of wood. The wood offered a warm complimentary contrast to the steel in shape, manufacturing process and form. With the uniting of the different materials, the barstool will be able to fit into a variety of different environments.
STAGE 2: EXPLORATION
STAGE 3: PROTOTYPING
One of my main contributions was during the prototyping phase. We had a direction for our design and wanted to make sure it was reflected in how the barstools were manufactured. The steel rods came in a length of 20 ft. and in order to maximize the yield of each rod I found ways to simplify our design nor fewer total pieces. We were able to reduce the amount of pieces from five to three pieces, creating a more efficient assembly and an overall more stable barstool that reinforced our idea of a haven.
STAGE 3: REFINED EXPLORATION
(+) Didn't require a lot of steel
(-) Started to bend down after a few sits
(-) Not sturdy enough
(+) Able to double use of steel for both the leg and seat support
(+) Easy to replicate
(-) Lack of steel for it to be a plausible option
(-) Difficult to replicate
(+) Increased stability
(-) Not enough steel for our price point to complete
STAGE 3: PROTOTYPING CONTINUED
Our barstool concept was to capture that of belonging. Not just a seat, a place to rest, but a place of rest. Our barstool lives within the home. We took this into account when thinking about who would use it (proportion/height, footrest, eat shape, material, etc.) and how it would contribute to maximize that space and feeling of haven within the home.