“Design a piece of storage for small space living.”
Design a piece of storage for small space living: The brief appealed, yet puzzled me due to its stark simplicity. Following such an open brief encouraged me to explore one of my own dilemmas: comfortably using the space in my small house share to display plants.
Over the previous summer I had made my own side table/ plant stand for my big Cheese Plant. Only through using my table for its intended purpose did it open my mind to combining the two functions of displaying plants and a usable table together, giving both a greater justification within my small space.
Setting a pot into a table was the starting point, effectively, creating a plant stand with a rim big enough that it can be used to place a book or cup of tea. Incorporating this storage area leads naturally to more ideas, whether: storing balls of wool, hiding miscellaneous gadgets, or using it as an ice bucket for a crispy bottle of wine!
Working with an experienced design company like Umbra to produce a design was eye opening in many ways. The back and forth development involved in this project reinforced the significance of presenting concepts in a clear and visually stimulating manner, as well as the importance of a simple manufacturing process, though ways I hadn’t previously considered.
My concept was simple, and with the addition of an uncomplicated manufacturing process, and easy self-assembly by the customer, the result was a well-considered design for production.
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