It all starts with a conversation
The first step in the creation of handmade furniture design involves initial conversations surrounding the project and furniture. All stages of a project can be accounted for, whether you only have a concept in mind or a more complete vision.
Initial conversations tend not to offer a fixed vision of your furniture design, but suggest the various paths you could go down to achieve the feel you’re after for your furniture.
Budget is another key part of the initial conversation. Bespoke design must fit your needs and budget; conversations surrounding budget are not intended to limit what you can achieve, but guide the processes in how you achieve it.
The next step: bespoke furniture design
At this stage, your project can move into the design phase, where ideas and concepts are brought to fruition.
Concept design builds upon the requirements of the client as outlined in initial conversations. This primitive design will be directed by not only the goals and visions for the furniture, but intentions – including practicality and usability.
Measurements and a site survey will be taken to determine the dimensions of the furniture and how it will fit into and interact with the surrounding environment.
The concept design will then require client approval before it can move ahead.
Choosing the right material
Different finishes and materials are available for custom furniture design, ensuring your product looks, feels, and performs exactly as required.
As part of the product design, choosing from a selection of suitable materials – such as resin, bronze, wood or steel – which fulfil your aesthetic and performance requirements is a key step. This should be completed in conjunction with the expert advice of your designers so that the material you choose is appropriate for your product specifications.
The detailed design stage utilises the approved concept design and material choices and prepares the product design for manufacture; this will incorporate how the product is to be manufactured and assembled and will be represented by visual 2D and 3D models.
If the furniture is to be manufactured using CNC machinery (computer numerical controlled, or automated machinery), the detailed design will also provide the data to be integrated into the manufacturing machinery for the creation of your product.
Turning your ideas into reality
The success of your bespoke furniture design and build is dependent on a productive and transparent design process. The best results are achieved when interior designers and architects work together with the manufacturer, each bringing their expertise to develop a truly bespoke product.
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