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Furniture as form : a visual investigation through the drawer


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Lacham, R 2006 , 'Furniture as form : a visual investigation through the drawer', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This project aimed to produce artwork through posing two questions: What
are the responsibilities of the designer? How is it possible to create
responsible design? This work has aimed to reassess my perception and
understanding of design through the process of designing sets of drawers. The
research resulted in furniture that questions our understanding of, and
relationship to design. I define the term 'responsible design' as work which
considers durability, longevity and a sense of ownership as essential
components. This project has viewed design as a form of art, the designer as
an artist, and has aimed to design meaningful objects for society.
The chosen medium was furniture and the investigation focused on a humble,
everyday object - the drawer. The project explored the links between the
drawer and the design process in an attempt to provide a better understanding
of how design is a form of art through the examination of a process that gives
a new perspective to what objects mean and how they might be understood
and valued. The primary source for the research was the sketch and a simple
rectangular paper cut symbolising the drawer. These forms expose what is
often unexposed by design, revealing a process that creates an open visual
dialogue with the viewer.
The context for this endeavour has been the examination of practitioners who
explore design through their art process. Bruno Munari and Enzo Mari have
been highly significant to this aspect of the investigation. Although the work
of these artists is not solely furniture, their work of experimental design
provided an important insight and for the creation of responsible design.
The project has resulted in the production of a series of drawers that reflect the
complexity of the relationship between the design process and art
demonstrating that responsible design is possible through a very simple,
everyday household object — the drawer.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Lacham, R
Keywords: Furniture design, Furniture designers, Design
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Thesis (MFA)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references

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