The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship runs innovation courses for people who want to pursue their academic specialism in a way that enables them to apply it - to become innovators who can change the world. The centre wanted an original bespoke suit of furniture with an innovative kick. As a centre for studio-based learning, the furniture had to be dynamic, flexible and inspiring.
The process started with an initial consultation to chat through the customers goals.
With the requirements clear we drew up some artistic impressions of a few different concepts, these were displayed to the customer as quality renderings. Together with the client we narrowed down on the concept designs, leaving us with a clear picture to take towards detail design. A detail design was delivered to the client alongside a quote for prototype manufacture. The design was displayed as a 3D model on a tablet, allowing the customer to view and interact from all angles.
A set of 4 prototype chairs were manufactured in just two weeks after the detail design stage, made possible by Huxlo's in-house rapid prototyping capabilities. The prototypes were reviewed by both the customer and Huxlo designers. Multiple improvements were made to improve both ergonomics and aesthetics. The designs were updated and a new 3D model was issued.
A handful of updated parts were manufactured and fitted to the prototype chairs. With the OK from the customer we moved the design towards batch manufacture.
The batch of completed chairs were delivered on time and to specification in September 2016. The entire process from initial visit to delivery spanned less than the academic summer holiday.
“Huxlo was fantastic to work with. They really understood our needs as a centre for studio-based learning, and they created a great suite of bespoke furniture, unique to our teaching space. Huxlo’s rapid prototyping allowed us greater insight and input into the design process and the project ended in a great result.”
Dr. Kirsten Cater, Academic Director, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship