shed test (of aspiring product designer)   furniture concepts by edward slater shed test (of aspiring product designer)   furniture concepts by edward slater
mar 27, 2013

shed test (of aspiring product designer) furniture concepts by edward slater

fully clothed shower



 edward slater has developed a collection of furniture and homeware concepts in his garden shed.this ‘shed test’ is his means of trying to prove his passion for product design and the process of making things.the resulting pieces have been built as scale prototypes with the intention of demonstrating their moving parts and working element, if they had any, in a humourous way by the ‘aspiring’ british designer…


fully clothed showerthis coat stand concept aims to use the suspended item as an object positioned to enhance and complete the design. in this case the hung clothing item becomes the flow of water in what is surely now a fully clothed shower.



bedside stronghold



bedside strongholdthis bedside table design wants to help distinguish prized possessions from those which are less important. to try and achieve this, the product design references a castle stronghold with the furniture piece featuring a moat, walls, arrow slit windows and a draw bridge – the user knows instinctively to put a phone and wallet within the walls, and loose change and receipts in the surrounding moat.





tail for balance



tail for balance with the knowledge that in the animal kingdom a tail is used for balance (among other things), this stool design draws its characteristics directly from this. when sat on, it gives the sitter a visible tail, but additionally, the tail itself is a leg of the stool which offers balance.





treehouse sleep



treehouse sleepthe aim of this bedside table was to make a feature out of clutter and possessions. a treehouse might have a rope ladder to access it, so the design could possibly incorporate cables or wires well– allowing for any mess created by possessions to look deliberate.





secured bedside



secured bedside this table has identified that a bedside is commonly a place where possessions are positioned over night. security should therefore be a primary concern. this design hopes to be a playful solution by ‘joining’  the table to the bed in which the contentscannot be removed without the difficult task of taking the bed as well!…?





sit to get comfortable



sit to get comfortablethe chair concept adds extra drama to the event of sitting, drawing its characteristics from this act by displaying an alarming starting position which looks uncomfortable. as pressure is applied to the seat and it is forced flat, and a rack and pinion mechanism is engaged, causing the arms of the chair to rotate from their jagged edge to their smooth edge.





wooden cushion



wooden cushionthis concept combines a chair with a wooden cushion. a spring supported floating ‘X’, depressed upon sitting, would jumps back upon release.





household cavalry



household cavalry the aim here was to design a chair in such a way that a set of identical versions complete a product picture. a cavalry in formation is a complete picture – not a single man so the seat is therefore designed as a member of the branch.





 prototypes of the furniture and homeware concepts by edward slater positioned outside the shed where they are made



shed test (of aspiring product designer)
video courtesy of edward slater


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