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STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION OF SMALL ITEMS / ART DECO -
PRODUCT ANALYSIS

 

V. Ryan 2013

 

 

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Product analysis involves looking closely at existing products and identifying how they work, the materials they are made from, the industrial processes used to manufacture them and their key features. It may also involve the designer asking the general public or potential customers what they think of the product. The aim of product analysis is to help the designer develop even better designs and products in the future.
 
A small Art Deco container, is seen opposite. Study it carefully and then complete the analysis, under the subheadings:
 
Container - 300mm x 150mm x 130mm - Year 1899
 
 
 
 
MATERIALS: Name a suitable natural wood (or woods) and any other materials, that would be suitable for an Art Deco container such as the one seen above. Explain your selection.
 
A suitable natural wood could be either mahogany, oak, ash or elm. A combination of these materials, would be aesthetically pleasing for a an Art Deco container. The woods could be used to create a contrast in light and dark materials. They can be shaped easily to produce Art Deco features, including bold geometrical patterns. Natural woods could also be used in combination with chromed steel or even silver, as seen in some Art Deco designs. The stained glass adds colourful decoration, typical of some Art Deco designs.
 
STABILITY:  Does the container look strong? Likely to last many years / decades? Explain your answer.
 
The container is strong and sturdy. The materials are quite ‘thick’ ensuring strength. The container looks as if it will be capable of holding its contents securely. If dropped during transportation, it will survive without too much damage.
 
 
 
CONTENTS: What are the likely contents for such a container?
 
The container is suitable for holding small items including jewellery, trinkets, coins, makeup and other similar small items.
This type of container will survive the test of time and it will always be suitable for holding small items. When it was designed in the 1930s, it was probably for jewellery. Today it will have numerous uses.
 
STYLE: Describe some of it's Art Deco features. Do you think it is a stylish container? Explain your answer.
 
This is a stylish container because of it’s Art Deco features. The circular decoration at the front and the stained glass geometrical patterns, are typical of the Art Deco era. The subtle blend of materials, including natural woods and stained glass are another Art Deco feature. The container has an elegant, stylish appeal.
 
 
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