This is the final model for my thesis project.
My first testing to the nested concept was successful. It took me almost a 1:40 minutes to assemble the table and dissemble it.
I found out many different important feedback from the testing that I did. For example, the way the straps go around the box are not the perfect solution, the legs are wobbly, and the top dining part are hard to plug into the box.
My first almost full scale mock up for my first illustration of my thesis is now alive. I started it by making the box container first. Then, I made the leg holders with help from Rick and then I attached the 2 tops to the container.
On the first of December, around 4 pm was my thesis pre defense presentation. I presented the progress of my thesis journey .
After my presentation, I got some comments from my advisors who are Stan Rickel, Alex Lobos, and Amos Scully.
from these comments:
for the wonderer souls
When people move from place to place, they have to take their stuff with them. For example, clothes, kitchen ware, furniture and books. However, furniture is one of the hardest objects to move from place to place because people do not have the time to reassemble the pieces again, worry about loosing parts, forget how to assemble it again, be lazy to go through all that. At the end, a lot of these pieces will be thrown away with all the stories, memories, great time they have spent with it and they have to spend more money on buying a new furniture.
HOW if they can take their furniture with them and complete the journey and building new moments and memory to it. Thats what I want to accomplish with my thesis. NOMADIC wonderer souls are people who are looking for new opportunities in their lives all the time. They are seeking their hopes and dreams and heart.
Making furniture collection that can solve this problem which are: furniture is fixed and cannot be moved and disassemble, very heavy and large pieces that make the moving task more complicated, and furniture takes a lot of space while transferring and moving.
My vision is to have a collection of furniture that can be easy to disassemble, have the potential to be boxed for easy handling while moving, and light weight materials for the manufacturing process and the handling process as well.
A full scale mock up for one of the concepts. The concept is to have middle area for circular storage containers to store any table ware. The rest of the surfaces are used for daily activities for instance, dining, working, and other activities. In addition, any pile on the table can be stored an hidden in these containers.
Ergonomics from The Measure of Man & Woman Human Factors in Design.
from general research to more specific
After all these different ideas and books, I realized that people tend to be more attached to two spaces at their homes witch are the living room and the kitchen/ dining area. The living room where people socialize, communicate, entertain, laugh, and live actually. Its the hub on any home where people sit and talk. the furniture in this space also has certain qualities to it. People create these furniture pieces to as an extension to their bodies. Furniture in nowadays is part of people life and affect their outcomes. In addition to the living room, there is kitchen is the the part of the story. The kitchen/ dining table holds the family memories together. People eat, open their packages, talk, work, and accumulate pile on this table. It is the centerpiece of the house and the emotional collector of all the stories, the tasty comfort food, late hours working, and more. As I read in one of the articles, it is " a pile of life".
Getting into what people think was a great insight in my research. I asked people different questions, for instance if they have a special object witch they are attached to and why? How long they own it? What does this object make them feel?
I got various responds from different people around the world. About 53.98% said yes they have a special object and 46.02 % said no. The winner object in this survay obviously is the cellphone for many reasons such as its a communications, entertainment, organizing device. In addition to the cellphone, the answers covered many different objects such as: houses, beds, jewelries (rings), books, cars, clothes, watches, and mugs.
The respondents opinions are varied and also their emotions, yet the most emotional reaction toward their object is make them feel happy.
Interesting quotes about emotions from "Designing Emotions" by Pieter Desmet:
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