FURNITURE EXPERTS SET TO LAUNCH NEW DESIGN TOOLKIT
Safety, fit for purpose, standards, ergonomics… not the usual starting points for designing aesthetically pleasing furniture. So how can you incorporate practicality without stifling creativity?
The answer lies within a new resource for furniture designers, set to be launched on 19th September at 100% Design, a trade show for the design industry staged at London’s Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
The Furniture Design Toolkit (FDT), created by the Furniture Industry Research Association, aims to provide designers with the tools needed to incorporate ergonomics, user trials standards and legislation into the design process. The Toolkit is the only design resource to contain this highly valuable information, provided by industry experts.
Levent Çaglar, FIRA’s Principal Ergonomist, said: “In today’s marketplace, to compete with low-priced imported products from abroad, UK manufacturers are concentrating on adding value through design expertise. For a product to be commercially successful, it needs to be attractive to users, fit for purpose and designed to sound ergonomic principles to ensure good usability; regardless of price point.”
The toolkit will focus on three areas of furniture:
- Office furniture
- School furniture
- Contract/Hospitality furniture
It will include key information about ergonomics, user testing, task analysis and standards.
Levent continued: “Designing new products using the Toolkit will significantly reduce the cost of development and the time taken by getting it right first time. The FDT provides designers with tools and guidance to help them concentrate on creating visually attractive and desirable products which meet all Standards and are ready for market.”
Following the launch at 100% Design, the Furniture Design Toolkit will be available to download from the website as an interactive PDF. The Toolkit can be accessed free of charge to members of the Furniture Industry Research Association or purchased for £90 by non-members.
Established sixty four years ago, the Furniture Industry Research Association was set by the industry for the industry. It provides invaluable technical support to the entire furniture supply chain and funds projects for the benefit of the industry.