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DESIGNER INSPIRATION - MOOD BOARDS

V. Ryan 2011

 

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Designers often find inspiration in images, pictures, photographs and symbols. A moodboard is a collection of pictures / images / text, related to a design theme. A moodboard is often used by a designer to help them design / style products. They are also used by designers as a form of initial research into a product or design. For instance, if a designer was asked by a client to design a piece of furniture for an African themed room, he/she may start by putting together an African moodboard (as see below). Furniture designs are then developed from the images, patterns and colours, found in the moodboard.
 
AFRICAN MOODBOARD COMPOSED OF PICTURES, SYMBOLS, PATTERNS AND COLOURS
 
AFRICA
 
AFRICAN THEMED FURNITURE - MOODBOARD INSPIRED
 
An African symbol, seen in the moodboard, has been simplified and then used to form the legs of a table. Natural African woods such as African Hyedua, African Padauk or African Mahogany have been selected as the main materials.
A typical African pattern, from a piece of textile/fabric, has been applied to a ceramic tile. The tiles are then arranged to form the surface of the table. The final result is an African themed table, manufactured from African natural woods, based on African symbols and patterns.
 
 
 
AFRICAN THEMED BOOKSHELF
 
The African themed bookshelf, is based on the Africa figure seen in the moodboard. The original engraving has been simplified. The red/orange colours are also taken from the photograph of the African sunset (seen in the moodboard) , resulting in a modern, bright version of an African bookshelf. It is manufactured from cast iron and finished with paint.
AFRICAN THEMED CHAIR - MOODBOARD INSPIRED
 
The chair seen below is based on an image seen in the moodboard. The image has inspired the shape / form of the chair. The original shape has been stretched and simplified. African natural wood has been used to manufacture the final chair. Orange cushions have been added, the colour being taken from the photograph of the African sunset.
SAMPLES OF AFRICAN INSPIRED FURNITURE
 
 
 
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