Friday, December 17, 2010

DesIgN tHeoRy BlOg post nO: 7

A summary of the documentary, “The Genius of Design – part 5 –Objects of Desire.”

The last part of this five episodes documentary is about how the world has change over the last 30 years, from 1970 till present. The design had changed focus over the last decades and the need for individual desire and the need to sell more has become an important fact in to days design world. Throughout this episode we get a closer look at the design and development of Marc Newson`s, Lockheed lounge, Juicy Salif, the Rover chair by Ron Arad, the Charon Bookcase, “the Memphis period” with the steel Kettle, Macintouch and computers, and at last we get as inside look at the mass production company IKEA.


Marc Newson is a high profile modern designers. He started out designing in his backyard, buying one and one piece after he got the money for it. One of his most well known and also one of his first design furniture where the Lockheed lounge (1986). This chair is known to be one of the most desirable furniture in the world and were auctioned to the price of 950 000£. Marc Newson is also known for working towards issue with mass production and how to make this objects become as desirable and with the look of a handmade design object. The ultimate goal for every designer is mass production!

The Rover chair by Ron Arad is a symbol of the post-war-design, changes in the design world were in the air. And the fashion capital Milan in Italy, showed the world an industrial and philosophical affaire with design.

Charon Bookcase design by Ettore Sottsass in 1981. This bookcase was new, different and colorful and was a start of the, so called, Memphis period.

´Memphis` symbolized the everything goes attitude and the end of the old modernism. To design a Memphis design, the designers have to be able to master the roles before break them!!

In 1986 did the worlds most famous industrial designer Michael Graves successfully design a steel Kettle, mass production with charisma. The main base is steel, with a blue handle that symbols a cold area, a red bird is places so when the water is done it sings and gives the design a bitt of personality. The red symbols the hot area. 1 700 000 of this kettles have been sold.

Back in the days paintings were the symbol of wealth and luxury, today design objects it the new trend!

Juicy Salif was design by Philippe Starck in 1990. This is a design that is not Design after the famous saying, form follows function. It is not functional at all, but it has an interesting design and lets the user see how the juice goes down i

nto the glass. Philippe Starcks are the most self-published designers in the history of the world.

The revolutionary history of Macintouch and apple mac started in 1984 and is a dawn of a new age. Their purpose was to design an everyday object for the everyday people. One place for everything, a desktop with symbols and functions, making life easier.

IKEA a revolutionary retail store that sell flat packed furniture. People are saving money on IKEA s long lasting, sustainable, flat packed furniture. It is modernism that meet the `Memphis` for the price of peanuts. IKEA is the most successful, global furniture company of all time!

The history of industrial design is the story of capitalism of designing more for less!

The main issue in to days design world is how to make design ecological and environment friendly. In 2008 did Clen Oliver Low design the ´Think chair´, which with its eco-friendly and non-toxic materials is a reproduction chair, since you can demolish every part of the chair, so called down-cycle the chair so it can be recycled. This is a part of the design process cradle to cradle.




Friday, December 10, 2010

DesIgN tHeoRy BlOg post nO: 6

A summary of the documentary, “The Genius of Design – part 4 – Better Living through chemistry.”

Part 4 is all about the design world from 1950`s and 1960`s. New design materials and design objects such as Plastic, Tupperware, Verner Panton and the ‘S-Chair’, and the development of Sony radios.

Plastic was the new material of the 1960s, it was rock and roll and an idea of a new beginning after the post war period. This material was revolutionary and I was not ONE thing it was a multiple. It was a teenager material, portable, disposable, it was a skift in generation of everyday living.

Verner Panton was the first designer to design a successful furniture from one single piece of plastic, totally seamless. It was a long process of finding the right plastic material and the result was the S-Chair, 1959-1961.

Tupperware is known for being one of the most durable design of the 20th century. Its design has always been taken for grated, but 96% of all American homes has Tupperware! Tupperware is designed in action and is a design for everyday practice in life. It was a product that was not understood till it was demonstrated and that’s how the Tupperware parties begun. Housewives attended Tupperware parties to buy the popular object with were perfect for its food and left over storage. Tupperware were only sold at house parties and not in the stores.

In 1956 did Britain get their first motorway, M1. This was a sign of where the world where heading. Margaret Calvert the graphic designer that design all the street signs along the road. It was all about fitness for purpose and simplicity. Calvert road-sign design were a sign of changing times.

One of the biggest postwar British designers, Robin Day and in 1963 did he design the Polyprop chair, it was a success and are still hard to beat to day! It was quality, strong, light weighted, comfortable, washable, stackable, perfect for public use, very cheap, fast produced, its plastic, cost efficiency, it has a social concept, its fit for purpose – a everyday purpose!

Development of radios.

Sony become the leading company of technical design where plastic was used on lid, buttons ect. it was a portable design and the details were fantastic! It become a new human experience and it was all about being able to bring you freedom with you, like the music from a walkman. 1955 were the year Sony launched their first portable radio, and it was amazing!

SK4 record player/radio by Dieter Rams & Hans Gugelot in 1956 was one o kind, radical, nothing like it, it was esthetic. Not only was the technical aspect new, but so were the use of plastic lid and buttons invited the consumers to play. It was design with form follow finction.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

ThIs WeEKs Cad cLAss..

This week in CAD, we had a recap on how to make water material in 3D max, and this is my final test render of water-material-settings.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

JusT anOtHer PoST :o)

This week I want to share a link with yah all.

This is a really amazing and inspiring website with architecture, fashion, and design pictures, projects, and products.

Here is the link:

Enjoy ;)

DesIgN tHeoRy BlOg post nO: 5

Monday, November 29, 2010

DesIgN tHeoRy BlOg post nO: 4

I was not able to attend class when we watched “The Genius of Design – part 2 –“Designs for living.”

Sunday, November 28, 2010

DesIgN tHeoRy BlOg post nO: 3

This week’s post: a summary of the documentary, “The Genius of Design – The Ghost within the Machine.”

In the first episode, The ghost within the machine, is all about the first generations of designers and the birth of the industrial design period.

From the generation where all design were manmade, made with a passion and feelings that resulted in a creative and beautiful design product.

We get an inside look at the manmade design workshops with Glass, Clay - with the making of clay vases with figures, and Iron with the process of making the famous Darby iron pot.

As Designer we need to design to meet the need of the world and that was the beginning of the industrial design period. The industrial machines made life easier for the worker, it was time for the design world to keep up with the rest of the world, and produce more for less! But did the machine replace labor?

Henry Fords, the Model T, the black car - designed for all and to last a life time. Is a great example of the industrial design process global issues of mass production, over production and consumption. One car took 12,5 hours to built by hand, with mass production it only took 93 min. With the success of the first car, everyone wanted it and also everyone got it, and that resulted in overproduction with the lesson that people want design that can change and improve.

Good Design is as little design as possible, innovative, useful, aesthetic, honest...

We live in a design world - for us - by us!!


One of the requirements to my BA Honors Degree is to write a thesis!! We are talking 8000 worlds, presentation date January 17 2011. So wish me luck!!

My working topic; "How to influence sustainable architecture and the environment through the use of the roof"

I will look at the history of green roofs, from the Hanging Garden of Babylon to the 21st-centuries modern green roofs. The technical aspect of who green roof are built, divided into different categories, how the different climate influence the use of green roofs and why green roofs are important in an urban setting, benefits and disadvantages, look at possibilities in the future and last I will do a couple of case studies. So if anyone knows about any green roofs in the Dublin area (also areas from Oslo down to Gothenburg) let me know!! Thanks :o)

Here are some inspirational pictures of green roof around the world, enjoy!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

DesIgN tHeoRy BlOg post nO: 2

This weeks´ topic: How do we talk about design?

The question of the week: post any design (interior, building or a product) that illustrates each of the de

sign principals and elements.

The awareness of what the design elements and principles are, is the first step in the direction of a great and successful design.

The design elements are: Form, Shape, Color, Texture, and Light.

The Design Principles are: Proportion, Scale, Balance, Unity/Variety, Rhythm, and Emphasis.

The design principles are used to arrange or organize the design elements.


Design principles and elements in Tadao Ando`s Church of Light.

The room is very balanced with the symmetrical feeling in the design. The color, material and texture on the light concrete walls and ceiling creates a unity, and against the heavy dark timber floor and furniture, the contrast of light and dark within the room creates a rhythm and a variety.

The design of the four rectangular forms that creates the shape off a cross together with it proportion and scale, creating a feature by letting natural light get through it and making this truly an emphasis design.


The use of light, different shapes and form create a building with proportion. The design on the buildings facades creates different proportion between the white shapes and the same shapes used on the windows in s darker color. Light has been used to improve the main feature on the facades, which also create rhythm.


The bronzed door is an example of the design principle - Scale. The doors are in an bigger scale than a normal door, as well as together by the use of a different texture on the doors the building gets variety and the doors become one of the main features on the buildings facades.


The symmetrical design creates balance and unity within the church interior design. Skylight, colors and light create a cross in the ceiling. This makes the interior reflect the main purpose of the space, with a relaxing, balanced and united feeling.


The rhythm and variety in this image is created by the use of different colors and shapes.


The emphasis in this image is created by the bull painted on the wall. The bull gets a special attention due to the rest off the room, the lady and the cabinet in pink has all an elegant and classic look.


Saturday, November 6, 2010

ThIs WeEKs Cad cLAss..

This weeks work in cad,
repeat_ adding materials, light and furniture in 3D Max.

Last week in CAD, we learned how to make an animation film
in 3D Max, will try to get that out soon too...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

DeSIgN tHEorY bLOg PosT nO.1

For my design theory class I have to start a learning log, and every week I have to write on my blog responding to my teachers “question of the week”…

For the extra curious once, here is the link to my design theory class blog…

So this weeks´ topic is: IDEOLOGY

And the question of the week is;

What is your own ideology in your studio project?

Regarding my mini project the ideology in this project has been to create an apartment where the troubled teenager can feel at home, safe and welcomed, a place where they can adapt into a “normal family lifestyle”.

To create a successful home for the teenagers, they need their own bed- and bathroom, giving them a place that is only theirs, and a place they have to take care off alone, and at the same time they can be a part of the social area by using the area within the apartment that focus on each of the teenagers´ main interest and skill. Such as, an art studio, a library full of books, big kitchen with a herb garden and a guitar corner. This is so their interest hopefully will grow and develop, and maybe help them find out what they want to studying in college. By placing this area in the common rooms the teenagers will learn have to interact with other youths, as well learning something new.

I have not clue if I am on the right track here, but after my understanding of it, is what I have mentioned above the ideology for my mini project.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My FinAL ProJeCt

The building I have chosen for my BA Honors Degree project is The Workshop Halls (Verkstedhallene, Standen 3), on Aker Brygge, Oslo, Norway. This is one off two buildings that belongs to Aker Brygge Shopping.

With the combination of the city and the water Aker Brygge got that magic atmosphere that attract people and many many tourists. It says that 13 million people visit Aker Brygge every year!!

So with its perfect location, am I redesigning The Workshop Halls into The Ultimate Travel Center. This center is going to work as a gathering place for people with a passion for traveling! Facilities within the center are going to be, travel- information, agencies, shops, library, gallery and language learning classes. The centre will also have a restaurant, café, bar/nightclub and a hostel for the travelers that are passing through Oslo on their journey.

So as of now…

- In Studio I am working on a project report, including research on the existing building, the site, and the client brief. This report is due on November 2nd.

- In cad, I am drawing up all the existing plans, sections and elevations in AutoCad from the pdf`s drawing I got off the building. By November 5th I have to have a 3D model done of the exterior.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

MiNi ProJecT DoNE!!

The first project of the year is done, and here are my 4 final boards.

A short summary of the project brief:
Convert 4 apartments into 1 apartment unit
for 4 troubled teenagers and 1 live-in supervisor.
Location: Dolphins Barn, Dublin 8, Ireland.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

pOSt nO: 1

Time is flying way to fast and three weeks of college is already over!! so now its time to start blogging;)
Stay tuned to see what i`m working on at Griffith ;o)