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Will Doherty

BA Furniture & Product Design

From an early age, I've always been fascinated with making designs and eager to learn how joints and moving parts were made. I've found that there is no set process for every project and that each design process is tailored to the project. My favourite development method is model making, which gives more insight into material properties as well as ergonomics. This was echoed in my final year work.

Gurando Shibari

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This design aims to tackle the misinterpretation of the BDSM community and educate people on some of the values that kink holds such as trust, honesty, consent, communication, and respect. The design exhibits subtle characteristics of the Kink and BDSM community in a way that doesn't provoke suspicion, but is looked upon as a unique feature and endearing piece of craftsmanship.

The design aims to enlighten people that kink can exist within our lives, without the being sexualised. The chair will be looked upon as a grand, enducing confidence and a sense of control when the user sits.

The name Gurando Shibari means grand binding in Japanese. For more context 'shibari' is an ancient Japanese art form that was used to capture and restrain captives, but more recently has been used within kink to create unique ties and bondage.

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