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L I V E P R OJ E CT B R I E F QFC recognised an evolving trend in domestic environment, namely that of open plan living. Sofas have become more obviously freestanding and can be used to define space, and create zones within a larger space. Given the choice of designing for one of three possible retailers (Ikea, Next and John Lewis) with very different clientele and price points. Design a sofa fitting under this evermore popular trend.

THE DESIGN Kanter, a Scandinavian inspired and influenced open plan sofa. Designed to fit the developing trend of open plan living. With use of stylish upholstered fabrics, complimenting natural timber and multi purpose modern day living storage features. Kanter’s main feature is the side table. The table can be used as a flat surface to rest your laptop whilst working, coffee whilst relaxing or even enjoying a bowl of snacks. Additionally the space underneath can be used as storage. With upholstered pockets on the rear of the backrest, creates a handy place to store magazines, iPads or TV remote.


Kanter


RESEARCH

Research began by investigating into our three optional retailers. Deciding to design for John Lewis the research furthered to pantones looking at light blues, greys and light creams. Some of the most key research was undertaken into how people use sofas specifically for open plan, realising that we needed to include features such as pockets and storage.


DEVELOPMENT

MODEL PROCESS

QFC are limited to upholstering in manufacture of their sofas. Our initial concepts had to be refined from using too much display wood. Aesthetics and comfort was something we battled with. The minimum spring frame size is 100mm with 120mm of foam. We fixed this by splitting the 120mm in half to create the thinner looking seat cushion.


Kanter

FEATURES AND DETAILS

With a flat surface for multiple uses, either resting a laptop or relaxing with a coffee. The side table doubles up as storage underneath for keeping TV remotes, a laptop or even cushions. The loose board gives you the ability to reach into the storage whilst still keeping items placed ontop. We thought ash or beech might be a nice timber to use and give a quality effect. Having upholstered pockets on the rear of the backrest, creates a handy place to store magazines, iPads or TV remote. The backrest cushions are weighted with grip fabric holding them in place when you take a seat.


Kanter

ERGONOMICS

Overall ergonomics as you can see to the left. The length of the sofa being 1.8m, width being 0.83m and height 0.72m. We designed the sofa’s backrest to fall slightly lower than a traditional sofa’s height. This was to maximise the open plan space, with the ability to lean over and hold conversations to friends or family behind the sofa. You can see from the illustrations above how we envisaged the user might interact with the sofa.


Kanter

THE RANGE

Developing the design we created a range of different styles to be sold in addition to the original. This was due to our research finding’s on competitors offering customisation for orders. Customisation and personalisation is something that’s becoming ever more popular. The three variations include the L -Shape, the original without the side storage, and the classic two seat sofa shape.


T H E

L I V E

N O M A D

P R O J E C T

B R I E F

Working with Umbra and John Lewis involved conferencing our concepts weekly. The brief was to design a solution that will help make small space living comfortable, easy, and affordable. The design will aid the end user with storage or organization in the bedroom, hallway, and /or lounge. We had to think about multiple room usage or open plan living and consider multiple functions, space efficiency, and dual utility.

T H E

D E S I G N

The Nomad is a multifunctional bedroom organiser, whether holding your clothes / shoes or to be used as a drying rack. Also featuring a top and bottom fabric shelf. The top pocket can be used for quick throw out of your pocket items such as wallet keys and phone, or the bottom to store shoes, slippers etc. Designed to fit multiple rooms, with a simple cork screw design the organiser can be broken down and put back together in minutes. It replaces the need for a big bulky wardrobe or storage and eases the nomadic lifestyle of young professionals and renters.

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RESEARCH

Research began by looking into existing homeware products and their environments. I gained valuable knowledge on a locational need for products in a small space home. We refined the space to organisational entryway and bedroom. Research into joinery was also undertaken when finalising the design, opting for the pool cue screw fix design.


DEVELOPMENT

The concept started with the rocking plant pot idea as you can see illustrated on the left, but during development and feedback with Umbra we moved away from that idea to the entryway organiser. Experimenting with fold out ideas, we wanted the design to have multi-purpose. To be able to store and present clothes in line with current trend.


DETAILING

Numerous design variations were tested, for example, modelling out of bamboo, experimenting with different shelf ideas and exploring other features such as a drying rack. Fitting the product into the given shelf size packaging was a complicated process. As you can see in the drawing the product breaks down and screws together for portability. We also experimented with colour options, matt black in contrast with natural and whites.


I S O K O N

P R O J E C T

D O N K E Y

B R I E F

To redesign and manufacture to a high quality prototype stage, a specific furniture typology - the portable free-standing storage form - as typified by the Penguin Donkey. The design had to be able to be produced using the technology of CNC routing, although we could choose to make our donkey using gigs, and hand routing machines.

T H E

D E S I G N

The oriental inspired donkey designed for home office or general use with a large enough top surface to fit a laptop, vertical storage for your paperbacks and laminate flick able to hold your book open at your saved page. Some of my key inspiration for the final design came from the oriental designs of the Japanese temples and shrine gates. The top sweeping feature of the donkey aesthetically similar to the roofing and architecture in these Temples. I designed the donkey to be slightly smaller than the existing range for ease of use fitting in a modern day home taking up less space. Being smaller meant the Donkey could well be used as furnishing in Japanese accommodation.


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RESEARCH

I started the research by looking into the three existing donkeys, analysing the construction meant I had a better understanding of how they were made and the materials used. I also looked at home environments where there could be a need for a Donkey and modern takes of the designs. Inspiration came from research into the Japanese temples and culture.


DEVELOPMENT

Initially sketching experimenting with shape and form, I then created 1:10 scale models to get a better idea of how they’d look, and feel. Modelling was a crucial part of this project. The models generated quick ideas which then developed into the full scale card model. You can see the refinement process from left to right.


DETAILING

Tweaking the design in Solidworks helped me refine the final piece. I experimented with rendering deciding to contrast the middle from ply to white painted which I felt looked a lot better than just left natural. I decided on using 8mm ply as I thought the donkey looked more slick with a thinner board. Using CAD helped when assembling the Donkey, getting the correct measurements cutting the biscuit joints and using the CNC to cut out the necessary parts.

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K I O K U

P R O J E C T

B R I E F

The Narrative and Ritual Project. To design a set of artefacts through a personal narrative. They should be solitary and tailored to the individual and must be part of a ritual. We had to create the artefacts using a variation of materials and processes such as timber, concrete, porcelain, casting. The project required us to develop our sensitivity towards materials, their perceived values, and their inherent characteristics.

T H E

D E S I G N

This project Kioku (which means remembrance in Japanese) represents my Grandad who passed away when I was young. A tree was planted where his ashes were spread however the tree has not grow as of hoped. My Grandparents always wanted to go to Japan but never got the chance. I created the Bonsai set to give to my Grandmother, who can care for the tree through the ritual of watering and pruning and remember Jim my Grandad. Japanese minimal design also interests me so this project gave me the chance to explore their culture and trends.

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RESEARCH

I began by looking into the story and culture of the bonsai tree. Research then moved onto styles and care of the trees. Which lead me to decide on my three artefacts a concrete pot, slip-cast water vessel and display board. Researching into existing slip-cast water beakers I explored in keeping the Japanese style looking at the shape and form of the Bonsai pot and display board.


PROCESSES

SLIP-CASTING

CO N C R E T E C AST I N G

Creating the watering vessel I used the process of slipcasting. The process taught me a lot again about the accuracy needed as I had to make two attempts of creating my final outcome. The concrete casting also took many attempts changing and refining the moulds and the concrete mixtures which finally ended up in an outcome I was happy with.


THE ARTIFACTS

Each artefact has a personal connection to the project. My Grandad wrote a poem which ended “look for the trees that blossom in May� this is represented by the white concrete pot through Japanese white blossom as I used white stone chippings in the mixture. The vessels spout represents a large crane bird my Gran bought when he passed away and finally the board is made from old kitchen worktop of my Grandparents house.


P R O C E S S

P E RS O N A L D E S I G N P R OJ E CT Given the opportunity to choose any area covering ‘Design for Living’ I chose to develop my knowledge on branding, marketing, specifically the connection between product design and visual communication. The project was split up into two parts the first section a report write up contrasting a literature review with our own findings. The second half developing a design brief which I set; To research further into how businesses use web design, Instagram, Facebook etc. and create your own to be of benefit for the brief design for living. Look at graphic design trends UI &UX and how they communicate to the consumer through the use of online presence, narrative etc.

THE CONCEPT Process is a platform for designers; whether students, graduates or young professionals to market, brand and even sell their work. It gives designers the opportunity to brand and market themselves with links to their individual social media profiles, digital portfolios and professional profiles. The site could also be used for recruiters to easily see the work produced by students and universities.


PROCESS www.alex-bock.squarespace.com


PROCESS

www.alex-bock.squarespace.com/overview/

P R OJ E CTS

The website is just a concept. I have limited access to Nottingham Trent University product design but future development would lead to work from universities all over the UK, work from both graphic and product design. The work would have to be moderated, some could potentially be sold via an e-commerce version of the site. You can see on the left examples of the products and projects with a full description of the brief and the outcome of the individual or pair.


PROCESS

www.alex-bock.squarespace.com/designers/

DESIGNERS

As part of the website a page is dedicated to the designers. The concept would have categories of different universities, young professionals and graduates. The designers page could promote, market, brand the individual and their work. Then as you can see the contact details of the individual as well as links to view more of their work via their social links or digital portfolio. The site gives employers, potential clients and students a snapshot view of the individuals work or university and the ability to contact the designers.


PROCESS

www.alex-bock.squarespace.com/blog/

BLOGGING

The importance of online presence was a major area I covered in the first part of this project. Hence creating the concept Instagram page. This would have relevant engaging content posted on it weekly. Using hashtags and promoting designers this could be another way of employers discovering the young professional profiles. Blogging could also feature in design magazines, then gaining more publicity.


PROCESS

www.alex-bock.squarespace.com/blog/

INSTAGRAM

SEO ranking on Google, another part of the initial research. One crucial way of ranking better on Google is to blog. This updates new content on to your site regularly which in tern Google approve of and so rank you higher. This also means that the site doesn’t look unused or not updated engaging viewers. As you can see I’ve done an example to the far left of some potential blog posts.


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L I G H T

B R I E F

An upcycling project. To design and make an original product or piece of furniture or clothing out of waste material. The product should be designed for yourself or an existing business and must be upclycled.

T H E

D E S I G N

Choosing to design the light under the work of Stuart Kerrs who runs an existing upcycling business, Wood Actually. The final wall mounted light hangs from cable and is supported vertically by reused sofa feet. An oversized bulb displayed as a feature. With an increase in industrial products and furniture being used in modern offices and home I thought the light could add to that market. The light could also be set back into the wall removing the loose cable.


WALL MOUNT OR SUNK

OVERSIZED BULB

330mm

INDUSTRIAL OFFICE LIGHTING


RESEARCH

Research began by looking at the existing market, designers, their products, processes and materials. This gave me a great amount of knowledge on how designers make up-cycled products. Moving the design forward I decided the product would fit the industrial style theme. I then looked at reclamation yards for items that I could develop.


DEVELOPMENT

SKETCH DEVELOPMENT

Experimenting with the designs I used different materials from scrap metal to ping pong balls. Hanging light ideas, standard lights and plant holders made from bulbs. The ideas helped me have a clear idea of what I intended to create using old scrap metal from the reclamation yard.


WIRE FRAME, LIGHT FITTING

SUPPORTING BLOCK


DETAILING

The construction of the light was quite simple however worked effectively. I used a reclaimed brass sink and created the back resting piece out of a recycled sofa foot and the cable through drilled holes. What I would do differently for this project would be to create a back plate for the sink neaten the appearance.


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P R O J E C T

G R O W

B R I E F

The initial brief asked me to rethink the future of how consumer goods are delivered, used and ultimately re-captured so the valuable resource can be retained within the circular economy. ‘Re-design consumer product packaging to minimise waste and the environmental impact’.

T H E

D E S I G N

I aimed to encouraging families and individuals to grow their own food. I had to keep the products interesting enough and not put off adults but also engaging and inspiring for children. The range of packaging uses the simple box design which maximises storage space for transport something I discovered in my research being a big part saving emissions. Made from baggasse the sustainable and biodegradable material means the product can be composted.


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RESEARCH

This was a research led project. I obtained primary research on user buying patterns and the influence of packaging. I then looked at existing environmental packaging and biodegradable materials such as bagasse. I also used Tetrapak for a case study for my designs. They create packaging made out of recycled materials however it can’t then be recycled after it’s been used.


DEVELOPMENT

Initial concepts looked at not only creating sandwiches and juice boxes but looking at the issue with coffee cup milk carton waste. I designed a few scrunch down or reusable milk cartons however I found that many had been created already. Looking at promoting saving and conserving the environment fun for kids I thought about planting seeds in coffee cups that they could grow.


C A M PA I G N

LOOK FOR THE LOGO!

SWAP TO BIODEGRADABLE PRODUCTS. We create..

290million TONNES of WASTE each year.

LOOK FOR THE LOGO! BIODEGRADABLE WASTE.

Find the logo on biodegradable products and bins.

It takes..

1000 years for a plastic bag to degrade. Swap to biodegradable products!

Find the logo on biodegradable products and bins.

In addition to the packaging I created a promotional campaign for biodegradable goods. I found that there wasn’t a biodegradable logo for products. Thus I designed a basic logo, that could be placed on a specific bin for biodegradable waste. This could also push companies to design more sustainable products and be found on environmentally friendly products.


PAC KAG I N G

PLANTS CLIMB UP CUTLERY

TABS CONTAIN SEEDS

CONSUME CONSUME PURCHASE PURCHASE

GROW

GROW

LATER CAN BE PLANTED

RUNNER BEANS COMPOSTABLE CONTAINERS

SUNFLOWER SEEDS

BEANS IN BASE

The final packaging consisted of juice and salad boxes. I designed the salad boxes with accompanying cutlery. The cutlery hold runner beans promoting good health and a sustainable environment for kids. The juice boxes rip in half this time with a sunflower seed. The range was intended for kids, if I were to develop it for adults it would be similar to the development designs using sustainable materials.


GRAPHICS AND WEB

This is some of the work from my events business. I experimented with my skills learnt for my course and self taught. I use mainly InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. These graphic pieces are from an outside festival themed event that I ran. Marketing and branding are two areas that also interest me. You can find one of the basic websites I created by clicking the link to the right.

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B O C K

Hello, I am second year BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design Student at Nottingham Trent University. I’ve always had a passion for design whether furniture, product, interior, graphics or events. The course allows me to explore all areas of design from physically constructing products, to sketching, CAD and graphic work. The course has also helped me develop my business, research and time management skills juggling multiple projects in parallel with non-negotiable deadlines. I believe communication and attention to detail is key as a designer.

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