Uachdar

 
 
 
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JULIE CUMMING
PRODUCT DESIGN- DJCAD '18

 

Uachdar explores the opportunity for modular furniture to enhance multidisciplinary practice, through a piece designed for the studio of mixed-media artist Janet Stephen. Stained glass, pottery and illustration can all be done at the desk, which features a modular sliding surface to accommodate each craft. Material choice has been carefully considered, following the ethos of StudioIlse and their views on the link between material choice in the objects and spaces we use, as well as our wellbeing. 

 
 
 
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"The inspiration behind this piece was my time in design studios, finding that often the spaces and in particular, desks, restricted creative practice. I'm also fascinated by the craft of design, and the people behind all things creative in Scotland. To start my project, I conducted research in studios of all kinds, in both Dundee and the surrounding area, before narrowing down my project to be based on one specific artist who I had spoken to during research. User-centred design is something we focus heavily on in my course at Duncan of Jordanstone. We are taught how best to make products, services and devices that improve the lifestyle of users and solve real world problems."

 
 
 
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"StudioIlse also champion user-centred design, and so have a big influence on my practice. I wanted to use this project as an opportunity to really delve into their way of thinking and try to learn the connections between material choice and our wellbeing. Ilse Crawford teaches us how natural materials make us feel comfortable and warm, and how contrasts between materials can heighten our tactile understanding of them. With this in mind, Uachdar has been constructed from as many natural materials as possible: ash, locally sourced slate, and cork. Accents of the manmade like copper and acrylic emphasise the natural materials, and make us appreciate them more. A photoshoot for the desk out in the moors of Blair Atholl - the village where it will be used - helps communicate the importance of natural materials and their beauty. The rough ridges and coolness of the slate is not only practical for putting clay on, but is also great in a sensory way, being interesting not only to the sight but also to the touch. Soft cork bridges the manmade and natural materials within the desk, and acts as an interesting visual whilst being practical for elements of stained glass practice. The third surface for the desk is a lightbox, which appears simple in design but is activated when slid into place on the desk, through the use of copper contacts. Unexpected, playful interactions are something that I enjoy not only as a user but also as a designer. Design should be playful, thoughtful and good for our wellbeing."

 
 
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The rough ridges and coolness of the slate is not only practical for putting clay on, but is also great in a sensory way, being interesting not only to the sight but also to the touch. Soft cork bridges the manmade and natural materials within the desk, and acts as an interesting visual whilst being practical for elements of stained glass practice. The third surface for the desk is a lightbox, which appears simple in design but is activated when slid into place on the desk, through the use of copper contacts. Unexpected, playful interactions are something that I enjoy not only as a user but also as a designer. Design should be playful, thoughtful and good for our wellbeing."

 

You can find more examples of Julie's work at juliecreatedthis.co.uk and on social media, @juliecreatedthis. 

 
 
 
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