Tuesday, November 27, 2007

If you can design a chair...


Learned that a chair is one of the most difficult things to design. In the photo, Jacques Treville, who runs the Stua boutique in the Village St Paul design area, holds a bar stool whose curved form is designed to make the bar still look good, even if all of the stools in a row in front of the bar are swiveled in different directions. Bartenders like stools with backs, you see, but the bar tends to look untidy unless the stools are all turned towards the bar. What else makes designing a chair so difficult? People come in all shapes and sizes and a chair has to be comfortable for all of them for an extended period.

This was part of a fantastic design tour with the students this morning through this 14th century neighborhood. The students seemed very engaged, if the number of questions they asked and the number of photographs they took is anything to go by. One student was even overheard asking some very specific questions about how to go about submitting a design to one of the companies they looked at. (Updated at 19.17)

2 comments:

Carla said...

Isn´t producing environmental-friendly devices in a larger scale a bit contradictory? That process is polluting?

Anonymous said...

What is the role of companies to fight global warming? or maybe better, what should it be?