In the design and creation of new projects an important aspect is to be able to visualise the intended outcome. Sometimes drawings / renders with photo overlay at locations can be enough in order to set about the process of making. Scale model and quick mock up maquette making is another very useful tool to be able to really get a true insight into the spatial presence and possible scenarios that may be encountered during creation. You may think it is perhaps enough to just produce 3d 'walk round' drawings or CAD renders of a new project, however even the most basic of scale models can more often that not describe far more real sense information that the most elaborate of 3d animated sketch ups.
For some projects though especially those with more complex interactions 1 : 1 templating and mock up is an extremely useful and practical way to really get a grasp on how the thing is going to exist, a true sense of scale that answers one of the basic questions - will it fit. Will everything that I want to put in it fit - and perhaps even more importantly - how will I be able to move around the new piece or project, especially if the new work is positioned in a more restrictive space. In more complex furniture based related projects, 1:1 can allow an accurate feasibility study of the functionality issues that must be resolved. An example below shows a 1:1 outlines mock up template with simplified sketch overlay of a shop space central sales area counter console that requires a lot of access storage from the vendors side, whilst still fitting into the intended dimensions of the shop floor. It allows testing of ease of access of draws, shelves and also testing aspects of integration of the high stool seating for the client side that is part of the overall look of the design. This is one of our current projects and will be posting more on this as it takes shape. The template here is the wireframe on which the styling hangs.
In the project below - the Findon bench, 1:1 was used to full effect in situ to test for the outline placement of the intended bench form. In this case we even mocked up the seated effect so that view aspects across the garden could be evaluated.
Sometimes of course it just comes down to the practicality of marking up lines to complex wall curvatures such as in this sculptural bed with integral side tables that fits up into a non uniform concave divisional wall. We like a challenge of course!
And here's a picture of the Tricorne table in situ. In the background is a Nimm type chair too. This small table features a sculpted vane edge leg arrangement in ash with elm top. (see earlier posting with the template form.)
Tomorrow - we are installing a first for chaircreative. A sculptural ash scattering area for a new burial ground. And yes, mock up templates were even created of these sculptural oak posts and set up in situ in order to get a feel for the intended layout of the space. More on this and images to follow soon.