How can great design be used for good? We're teaming up with charity Frank Water to make big impact using great design. By utilising our design and fabrication expertise we'll be exploring ways of increasing interaction and impact from point of displays to pop-up shops.
Frank Water is a safe water and sanitation charity. Since 2005, they have provided clean drinking water & sanitation to 386.500 people.
As a regular user of the Strava cycling app, i'm used to the regular email from them. Usually it's to tell me that another cyclist has stolen my hard earned King of the Mountain (cyclists will sympathise with this pain). This time however, I hadn't just lost my KOM's. The Bristol Strava office were looking for a way to brand their contemporary office space.
After an email exchange Huxlo provided them with an artist impression of the chosen design and materials. We were also able to show how the piece would fit with their existing furniture.
With the OK from the client, the design was sent for fabrication. We used 18mm Birch Ply to offer a solid but natural aesthetic. The logo would be offset from the background to create a shadow gap around the edges.
Using a prepared template the sign was fitted within the hour.
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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
Stools that double as display stands. That was the brief from the Innovation Centre, University of Bristol. The stools would be modelled on our very first classroom chair design and work alongside them.
A range of concepts were created in collaboration with Travis Baldwin, a teaching fellow for the Centre of Innovation. Maintaining structural rigidity whilst fabricating a sturdy slot was the main consideration.
The stands would support 5mm foam board and the stools were also required to stack.
A 3D model was generated after arriving on a feasible concept. Quality renders were created to show the finished article. This included in-use views to show the foam board and stacking capabilities.
A selection of colour options where created to allow the client to visualise the product before work commenced.
The work commenced at our Bristol studio. Rapid prototyping machines were used to machine component parts. These were assembled and finished by our skilled fabricators.
Upon delivery the client could instantly see how useful these pieces would be to them. We look forward to seeing them in use!