Thursday, October 13, 2011
 visionary Explorers, elements and principles
Rhythm: my group has incorporated rhythm into our design of the cabinet for the wam project by instead of hiding the bolts for the shelves and the way the cabinet is connected together, we are emphasizing them and creating a pattern that relates throughout the design. we are experimenting with different arrangements of connections through the acorn bolts that will be seen through the front.
Balance: we have created balance through the proportions of the shelves to the size of the door, since we have two different door sizes.
Emphasis: we are creating emphasis on the shape of of the cabinet through the uneven doors and bringing the cut for the doors all the way through the top so that when they are open they give greater emphasis on the movement of the shape that makes up the top of the cabinet. we have uneven door hinges in proportion to the size and height of the door that are at different heights that go along the flow of the top curve of the door.
Unity: i think that all of the parts together bring unity to the cabinet because of the way they flow with each other. for example, the unevenness doors have unity with the rest of the cabinet by the doors taking up the whole face because the doors become part of the shape on the top. the shelves are tied together with the size difference and flow from higher to lower because of their size difference from the larger door to the smaller door and the hinge is located lower on the smaller size of the door which further emphasizes the direction of movement of the shape of the doors. we have added this same idea of movement into the handles to open the doors, the drawer in the bottom, and the handles on the sides for moving the cabinet. instead of using hardware, we are creating cutouts that are based on the same curve as the top to connect the idea of movement and this shape throughout the entire design.
Proportion: since we decided to go with the idea of uneven door widths to further emphasize the top shape of the cabinet, we altered the shelves on the inside of the doors to be proportioned according to the size of the door. also, the length of the hinge for each door depends on the height of the door. on the side where the shape on top is higher, the hinge is longer since the door is larger. on the side where the door is shorter, the hinge is scaled down to be the same ratio with the door as the other side.
Line: the line along the top of the doors while open connecting through the cabinet is repeated in the contour of the handle opening for the doors, drawer, and side handles.
Color: we are using birch wood so the color is very light similar to the space in the lobby where it will be placed. the other materials we were going to incorporate were acrylic and acorn bolts for the shelves. the light finished color of the wood and the metal bolts i think will be appealing together because they are not greatly different in color, but are still contrasting in their shade and finish.
Shape: the shape is reinforces from the top throughout the doors and handles of the cabinet. this same curved shape is repeated throughout. the other shape that is repeated through the cabinet is the circular acorn bolts and the arrangement of them based on the curve of the top.
Texture: the textures we are using to build the cabinet are the birch wood, frosted acrylic, and brushed nickel for the acorn bolts. each of these textures is different so they contrast one another. they are similar in value; they are all lightly colored, but they have very different textures. the birch wood will show the soft grain color differences in the wood. the acrylic will look textured because it will be frosted but still remain translucent. the brushed nickel will have less shine than a regular bolt so although it will still be in contrast with the wood, it corresponds to the flat texture of the wood on the cabinet.
Form: the cabinet's form is reinforced through the uneven doors and how the shelves and hinges respond to the height and width of the doors. the form is also reinforced through the shape of the openings and the placement of them based on the shape of cabinet.
Space: the uneven doors accentuating the shape on the top give the cabinet a greater feeling of space and importance.