Basics Product Design: Material Thoughts by David Bramston

By David Bramston

Fundamentals Product layout: fabric techniques describes some of the fabrics and techniques on hand to product designers, and the way to take advantage of and mix them. It encourages an experimental method of product layout and completing. The booklet explores the deliberating prime designers and manufacturers who problem conference via interest and experimentation. It goals to advertise a actual enquiry of fabrics and a mentality that's continually asking ‘what may be performed if…?’ Key individuals contain: Alessi, Chris Kabel, Demakersvan, droog, Drummond Masterton, Ettore Sottsass, entrance, Gene Kiegel, Industreal, Inflate, Ingo Maurer, Jaime Hayon, Jurgen Bey, Kartell, Maarten Baas, Mathias Bengtsson, Matthias Pliessnig, Memphis, molo, Philippe Starck, Shigeru Ban, Simon Heijdens, Stuart Haygarth, Stuart Walker, Studio Libertiny, Tejo Remy and Rene Veenhuizen. different titles in the Basics Product Design series include: Idea Searching and Visual Conversations. 

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Many similar products are made in alternative materials due to the different conditions where they will eventually be used. The producers of the raw materials are constantly developing and discovering different types of plastic to innovate markets while meeting existing supply demands. Liaison with global libraries provides the opportunity to consider a broad spectrum of plastic materials and the identification of the most suitable for a particular task. 040_041 Design Philippe Starck for Kartell Bourgie lamp The baroque-inspired Bourgie lamp, produced in either transparent or dye-batched polycarbonate, manages to contrast contemporary manufacturing with classical style.

Glass and ceramic Glass and ceramic are exciting materials that are being successfully explored and confronted. Although they both have a prestigious and respectable ancestry, contemporary developments continue to push and challenge the creative boundaries. Glass and ceramic should not be underestimated. Components and processes Glass is essentially comprised of silica, soda/ potash and lime and adopts an interim viscous characteristic when subjected to intense temperatures. This viscosity provides interesting opportunities for exploitation and manipulation.

The differences are obvious and so too are the characteristics, despite all being classified as polystyrene. Seam Chair The Seam Chair is part of the Dry Tech 3 project by Droog. Impossible acts? Design Chris Kabel for Droog The selection of a suitable material for a specific task can be daunting and confusing, especially when disparate types of plastic portray no discernible differences. In addition to the extensive range of plastics that are at the disposal of the designer, moulding preferences, the individual characteristics required and the inevitable cost implications further complicate choice.

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