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Revitalizing a Company Classic: The Story of Revitalizing a Company Classic Using a Practical Method of Design
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Design.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of this report is to analyze a practical method of design while doing an innovation project connected to a specific armchair. The aim is to re-vitalize the pre-existing product. This project is done within the context of a specific furniture producer. This report describes theories about practical methods of design and how the practical intellect is used in a creative process. It also contains background research about classics. The background research is based on a brief literature review on the subject as well as interviews with professionals within the field of furniture design.  A few factors that can be said to characterize what makes a classic are suggested. The development of a specific armchair is described. Earlier projects where practical methods of design have been used are also described. The practical methods of design used in this project are described. The main method for this is making physical models by hand together with hand sketching.  The design process of developing a new product is described and discussed. As a final result visualizations and a description of a suggestion of how one can re-vitalize the specific armchair are shown. The outcomes and learning from using a practical method of design are discussed. The final suggestion is analyzed according to the factors suggested in the background research to characterize what makes a classic. 

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2016. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
design classics, practical intellect, reflective practice, re-design, redesign, revitalize, furniture, armchair, side table, scandinavian design, practical methods of design, sustainability, prototyping, pretotyping, factors of design, fundamental needs, needs, Max-Neef, innovation
Keyword [sv]
designklassiker, klassiker, praktiskt intellekt, re-design, redesign, möbeldesign, bord, avlastningsbord, skandinavisk design, praktisk designmetod, hållbar design, designmöbler, prototyp, designfaktorer, grundläggande behov, behov, Max-Neef, innovation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57622OAI: diva2:1043857
External cooperation
Ikea of Sweden AB
Subject / course
Design and Styling
Educational program
Innovation through Business, Engineering and Design - specialisation design, Master Programme, 120 credits
2016-05-17, M1052, Linnéuniversitetet, Georg Lückligs väg, Växjö, 14:10 (English)
Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-10-26 Last updated: 2016-11-03Bibliographically approved

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