Alex Carroll
Industrial Designer. Human Being.
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Prototyping

 

After more communication with Bruno,

we agreed on a more comfortable, lounge chair instead of a bar stool. Two-dimensional sketches were quickly translated into small-scale, three-dimensional models. These models help me flush out the forms and bring more clarity to the ideation process. Because chipboard is so similar to cardboard, I was able to start thinking about construction methods as well. 

 
 
 

Bellow is the design we chose to move forward with. The chair has a low seat height and a steep lean to the back rest. This, combined with the wide seat and up-curved wings allow for a relaxed seating position with legs crossed if desired. It successfully met Bruno’s seating requirements while maintaining an aesthetic he felt matched his personal style. 

 
 
 
 

The first prototype was a quick and dirty full-size model of my three dimensional sketches. This phase of the process helped me gain an understanding of the support system and overall aesthetic. Progressing to a full-size, functional prototype helped me quickly assess weak points in the design as well as I collect feedback from Bruno. 

 
 
 
 

What works: form, seating height and angle ("very comfortable")

What needs refinement: undercarriage, joining methods, overall craftsmanship