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Costello, P. G.(Peter Groom) (2003) Artefact. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This project investigates furniture design,
focussing especially upon that for serial
production. This necessitates a balance
between aesthetics and manufacturing
imperatives where the need for economical
production has to be reconciled with the
need for the pieces to be well able to endure
sustained use. As a consequence, the designs
have to be predicated upon sound
engineering principles. To achieve the ideal
of an art and physics synthesis, this body of
research inquires into the models and
concepts that are offered to us from natural
solutions and the subsequent engineering
solutions they suggest.
In chapter one, I discuss significant
background influences, being a preoccupation
with music and the seemingly
remote activity of sailing. I argue that both
these activities are physical and that in fact
they are quite sympathetic. Their influence is
formative and automatic. Also discussed in
the first chapter are a number of significant
earlier designs.
The works offered in my submission are
described in chapter two. While all the
objects are related, they are categorised in
several groups where, by logic, they form a
part of a closer family. The design rationale
for each work is discussed and one in
particular, the Dechaineux Theatre Lectern, is
singled out to explain the process of design
and construction for that work but it is
indicative of the kind of process that all the
pieces have undergone. Further, there is a
brief description of significant related works
that are not central to the project.
Chapter three focuses upon three areas of
inquiry. Unlike, the automatic or
subconscious background influences
described in chapter one, these are at the
forefront of my mind. I describe my interest
in the universal ideals of proportion, ratio,
number and also music. The second area is
that of the engineer, how structures are made
and the principles that make them a success
while the third area deals with the issue of
sustainable design.
In chapter four, I explain how the three areas
of inquiry find expression in my work. In
doing so I place this project within an 'ideas'
context rather than a stylistic context.
The conclusion documents outcomes and the
progress of a number of the designs from my
submission that are either being
manufactured or are planned for
manufacture. The potential influence that
this project is having with furniture
manufacturing in Tasmania is discussed as
well as indications for future directions.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Furniture design
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 2003. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 00:07
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