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Arvet efter Josef Frank: Om en kulturhistorisk produktutveckling och hantverkarens roll i en designprocess
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Carl Malmsten - furniture studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10,5 credits / 16 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The legacy from Josef Frank : A study about cultural product development and the craftsman’s role in the design process (English)
Abstract [en]

In my thesis I write about what I as a cabinet maker can contribute with in a design process and construction process of a piece of furniture. From past experience there is often a lack of expertise among the architects and designers in areas like construction and material knowledge at design studios.

I have in cooperation with Svenskt Tenn and their range manager chosen a sketch by Josef Frank from the archives, a sketch that never left the drawing table. Josef Frank, trained as an architect, was not a cabinet maker and therefore he didn’t have the same knowledge about construction as, for example, the famous cabinet maker Carl Malmsten. This you can clearly see in Franks sketches. The sketches that he drew leave you with a lot of questions that you need to find the answers to before the manufacturing can begin and this is my thesis is about. It’s up to me as the cabinet maker together with the knowledge of Svenskt Tenns range managers about Josef Frank and his design to create a piece of furniture that is as close as possible to Frank’s sketch and ideas.

The result of my work is a prototype of a table that has been developed after analysis of a simple sketch. I have identified and solved a number of problems such as; materials, the appearances and construction of the table. I have from my studies realized the importance of the cabinet maker’s knowledge in a design process. With this knowledge I can help and guide the designer/outsourcer/producer forward to a more sustainable and better developed product. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 42 p.
Keyword [sv]
Josef Frank Svenskt Tenn Kulturhistorisk Produktutveckling
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-132285ISRN: LIU-IEI-TEK-G--16/01133--SEOAI: diva2:1040166
Subject / course
Bachelor Degree in Cabinetmaking
Available from: 2016-10-28 Created: 2016-10-26 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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