Lately due to a contact of mine I have been listing condominiums for rent but noticed how bad the furniture is but also how small the units are. Now I would ask you would you prefer a bit of mixed furniture that takes up a lot of space or something like this?
Can it be realistically done? I know it already can be as I spent nearly 20 years as a carpenter joiner but came across these 3D images to do with my shipping container projects. It got me thinking about not only redesigning the wall styled furniture but also many other things that condo developments are suffering with in the Philippines down to a lack of “end customer thinking”. You see these sort of things are cheaper than the crap furniture you find for sale around the Philippines (not talking locally made I am talking the Chinese imports). At the same time furniture for me has to be workable from a practical point of view. For example take the fold down desk on the image in the middle is it possible to fit a TV into the slot area in the middle so you can have an LCD TV also built in to make it more practical (Ok for many people that watch TV in bed this doesn’t work). But these are the things you have to look at when designing furniture. The last 2 nights I have struggled to sleep because I have been working out several designs of furniture for small spaces. May sound a little sad but I love working with wood design and my ex partner before used to mention me talking in my sleep working out measurements of projects I was doing at work before.
You see the Jaguar above because I bet your looking at the car not the stand. I designed and built many stands similar to this as well as more complicated. The most interesting ones were on a pivot that rotated the vehicle at a high slant. For me this meant designing the stand to be portable as well as being able to take any one motor section (4 motor driven) and every other section falls into place. In other words perfectly round, add to that an extra outer circle you can’t see on this design that fitted around it where logo’s were placed under glass where people stand and gaze in at the car.
Now I didn’t work on Jaguar although several of my co-workers did for 3 years they travelled the world with the stand. I did build British Rover stands including being part of the group that designed the “new mini” launch involving designing garage doors that pushed the cars forward from 6 different garages and back in with the doors flicking open and closed. I also got to work on Arab Emirates full sized replica of a Jumbo jet made in plywood as well as many other projects.
My biggest problem though is I can’t draw but I can build, designing on paper has always been difficult as I can calculate everything in my head which creates a problem with people following things from me if they can’t convert measurements into a 3D model or even 2D. Because I can visualise everything in numbers if you take the Jaguar above I take a line straight across the base of the car and with a single measurement can create the rest of the stand.
What is this relevant to with furniture? Well I can bring elegance to the table as at the moment I see developers throwing up buildings without any real thought of the end customer. They are over valued yet even with plywood or MDF I could take a shoe box of a condo and turn it into a luxury multi purpose home.
Lets face it as I keep telling people the housing market here is overpriced and under subscribed its going to collapse at some point. If you want to rent yours out its difficult because they keep building more and more only way to beat that trend is having a condo people want to live in. Giving the building a real wow factor that puts it above the competition.