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Harris, CR (2002) The connection of furniture through modular forms. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The aim of the research project was to create a body of work that
will be considered adaptable, dynamic and contemporary by
those who interact with it. The furniture is based on the concepts
of flexibility and multiple configuration, rather than on rigidity
and 'single-purpose' engagements. This allows the user to have
the freedom to interact with the furniture by moving and
changing it to create numerous different arrangements and
formations. The furniture is designed specifically for placement
in a variety of different environments including foyers, galleries,
public spaces and private residences. Central to this range of
furniture is the notion of 'contemporary living'.
Given the research is based on multiple configuration, the
exploration of production techniques, including fabrication
systems and methodology, was necessary to ensure the required
number of pieces could be produced, and to further ensure
consistency throughout.
The body of work has clearly been influenced by two aspects of
contemporary culture. The first involves the surf and skate
culture of the past twenty years. A range of facets within this
culture have been motivational including the progression of
design in the surf and skate industry, retail stores featuring bright,
multiple and repetitive merchandise and even the simple,
leisurely acts of surfing and skating themselves. The second area
of influence encompasses contemporary designers, particularly
those working with uninterrupted, flowing, humanised forms and
further, production and fabrication technology. Key designers
including Ron Arad, Tom Dixon and Marc Newson are at the
forefront of this category of design and their work has inspired experimentation with various production processes throughout
the development of this body of work.
The furniture designed and developed for this research project
encompasses the concepts of multiple configuration and
adaptability, and is a reflection of contemporary Australian
culture. Furthermore, by allowing the pieces to be continually
changed and moved to represent different configurations, the
body of work promotes individualism and creative expression
within those who interact with it. It also challenges the
conventional, and somewhat restrictive, 'single-purpose' notion
which is often associated with the use of furniture in both public
and private environments.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: Furniture design
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Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Tasmania, 2002. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 00:07
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