Simplicity, an attractive design, easy production and functionality. These four very clear and basic concepts define the triangular stool by emerging Austrian designer Dominik Weber, a piece in which the assembly and packaging are also very important. “Design is more than just giving shape and stylising the external part of a product. It is the fusion of the shape of the construction, its use and its marketing. The process of designing a product is greatly affected by many factors, such as acceptance by users, the technical production, the aesthetics… As a designer, you have to understand how they all influence the final appearance,” says the designer.
Triangular, which recently received the Bronze Award at the 2017 European Product Design Awards, is notable for the way in which its pieces are assembled – a system that allows it to be perfectly stable due to the unusual rotation of the legs – and for having a seat that can be quickly and easily removed and stored taking up minimal space, another key factor in a society made up of small spaces.
“Design is more than just giving shape and stylising the external part of a product. It is the fusion of the shape of the construction, its use and its marketing”.
“Aside from the environmental concept, the design and concept of potential furniture should take into account different important points of view, such as space saving in urban apartments. That is why modular furniture is so important for a generation like ours. The fact that they’re adaptable to different spaces and modular is important. This design of the Triangular stool comes partly from this dynamic of wanting to make the most of space and adapting to small multifunctional spaces,” says the designer.
Though this project is not yet in production, the first prototype of Triangular is finished in stained beech wood, maple, ceramic and leather. The instructions are printed on a small piece of leather, which can also be used to carry it.
“Winning this prize is a way of showing how a student can have certain skills in product design, and my contribution to the future development of new ideas in creation,” says Dominik.
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