Applying the function and aesthetics of structure to furniture

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Title: Applying the function and aesthetics of structure to furniture
Author: Lyu, Soohyun
Abstract: In this thesis I intend to explore the process of making furniture by using structure as an integral component of my design language. This sense of the structure will be absorbed from the architectural sources I select. I intend to investigate both the functional and aesthetic aspects of structure during the creation of this body of work. I will experiment with different approaches, and in each piece I hope to address a particular identified aspect of structure within this main theme. I anticipate that wood will be the primary material, complemented by the use of metal. Often in furniture design structure has been understood to exist inside the form, as a functional skeleton, and it does not have any real aesthetic value. So, the structure has been considered a separate element from the expressive elements. In my investigations every project will show both functional and aesthetic aspects of structure in different ways. Structure is an area which has more possibilities for formal expression than I had expected. The architectural sources I've selected are simple but well refined forms, which have a comprehensive aesthetic. All of the works will be focused on compositions and arrangements using simple shapes. They will be born of a complex process to distill the essences of the forms and their structural sensibilities. Another important component of my architectural sources is the use of well-designed interior spaces as formal elements throughout my thesis work. Variously expressed structures are set within compositions meant to create a strong sense of both interior and exterior space. From this combination of interests I hope to create a strong sense of visual tension in the resulting work.
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Date: 2009-01-09

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