The next industry run project, an interesting brief, a great opportunity, a lot of work and only 24 hours to do it.
To design one of the following:
- Garden Planter
- Garden Arch
- Piece of furniture
For one of these Markets:
- Family Focused
- Convenience Gardeners
- Garden Prouds
We were informed that the design must consider flat packing, easy assembly and would primarily be made from pine wood, due the company’s standard materials.
How it all went:
As this was an independent design project, I decided it as best to try and combine each of the products to produce a full range of products. First off I wanted to see what the company were already producing and how I could develop the aesthetics to fit it with a new market.
From this, I put together my own sketches to develop a range, based on form or combination of function through one product.
As shown here there was a drive to develop something that was new. An innovative idea, that look different to the standard garden furniture would add something to the market place, and hopefully engage with buyers on new level.
Using locally sourced materials.
From this I then thought about how slate is very nice and upmarket materials and that using this, could help to aim the product at the ‘garden proud’ market, having something that looks pleasing and long-lasting.
So how would Zest 4 Leisure obtain such slate? Through Welsh Slate, a company based in Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda. Where high quality slate in quarried and can produce refined looking slate as shown below. This could be used to create nicely tiles sections in my design.
From the quick presentation that was given to the design team of the company, it was agreed to go forward with a modular design, that could incorporate all 3 products, with a range aesthetic.
A late night and a final concept:
Thanks to the late opening times at the university I was able to stay late to process that days research and develop a final concept. This was the outcome that was reached:
As you can see the design uses the ranged aesthetic, with each piece consisting of pine wood and slate. The range is: a fold away seat (middle), a raised planter bed (either side of the seat) and an archway (either end). The archways were the focal point of my design, with the image below showing how it consists of 3 panels with embedded slate. These panels are slotted together using a Mortise and Tenon joint and allows for flat packing. The top panel on the arch could also be used as the bed panel for the raised planter making it a more sustainable and more cost effective design.
Upon reflection, time was definitely my enemy on this project. As you can see I was unable to produce a fully developed flat packing range for all the products, nor was i able to produce situational image to show how the chair would work using ropes, and how the raised planter would be stabilised using correct fixtures. However, this project has been thoroughly enjoyable and a great insight into a different company with different values and products to others I have worked with. In the long term, given the chance, I would like to develop this idea and find out whether or not it would be plausible to manufacture for the market.
Figure 1: Hortweek.com. (2016). Zest 4 Leisure go double decker at Solex. [online image] Available at: https://www.hortweek.com/zest-4-leisure-go-double-decker-solex/retail/article/1401504 [Accessed 3 Feb. 2018].
Figure 2: Image Authors Own
Figure 3: Welsh Slate Products. (2017). Slate flagstones and floor tiles – Welsh Slate Products. [online image] Available at: http://www.welshslateproducts.com/slate-flagstones-and-floor-tiles/ [Accessed 3 Feb. 2018].
Figure 4: Image Authors Own
Figure 5: Image Authors Own