Friday, 29 October 2010

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


The two models directly below are supposed to inspire and add to the process of my colleague Young Moon. The painting that he's basing his design around is very different from my own. It helped me to realize more details about my own potential design strategies.

Initially we were asked to create three sketch models from our parti ideas. One for texture, one for light, and one for color. Bellow are my ideas for each. The one directly bellow was my way of exploring texture, and movement.

Below is an attempt at manipulating light in a small way with a material that also adds texture.


Monday, 4 October 2010

Still Life with Head- Turku Trajan

Still Life with Head 1950
Trajan, Turku (American (1887-1957))
Oil and charcoal on paper
39 ¼ x 29 ¼ in, 99.695 x 74.295 cm

Still Life with Head painted by Turku Trajan in 1950 has a calming effect on its viewers. This effect is due to the cool colors, the thick brush strokes, and lively movement across the painting. In the painting there is so much movement that the images of a horse and a woman are almost lost. You focus more on the movement and texture of the paint than the images it creates. This even occurs when you look at the painting from a distance.
Throughout all of his paintings the color has amazing effects. His mixture of cool blues, reds, and white in Still Life with Head has a very calming effect; whereas in other paintings he mixes reds, oranges, and yellows to make a very warm lively image. He consistently uses thick brush strokes, which add to his very active paintings. Your eyes are always moving.
Still Life with Head is good for a precedent image, or inspiration for designing a house. There are a lot of good design guidelines that can be followed from this image. Movement would definitely be an important word for this image, and for the space that is designed. Thick brush strokes also tell a lot about the way the space should look. The colors themselves can be used throughout the space since the artist took great care in choosing them, but it can also be taken less literally and used as a general guide, for instance, just cool colors throughout the space, with accents of warmer tones. The movement could be created through many different design elements and principles such as, balance, emphasis, rhythm, line, shape, texture, and color, as the artist has used.

Furniture Exploration

Before this project i had not designed furniture before. It was a good experience, and i will definitely develop further my understanding of the way things work. I took a lot of inspiration in terms of shape, and color, and texture for the chairs and table.


I have learned a lot about my own design process from this project. Once i have inspiration i tend to stick too literally to it. It took me a little while to let go of the concept of a fish scale. Instead of taking this too literally i examined the features of a fish scale and found that a better guideline, with inspiration from a fish scale would be layering. Layering gives you very direct guidelines as to how things will look throughout the space. It helps you decide what, and how, to use elements and principles of design.
With layering i used elements such as line, shape, and texture. In terms of principles i utilized rhythm, proportion/scale, and balance.