Edward Parsons

I am a furniture designer that likes to focus on conceptual projects and ideas. I believe design should be honest, honest to the materials being used, honest to the process' involved. The aesthetics of a product should be a natural derivation of the intended function, material and process.

I have experience being a kitchen designer at Charlie Kingham Cabinetmakers and thrived in the fast pace environment and loved the variety of projects involved. I am always looking to gain new experience and to learn new process' within the design industry to be better equipped to handle design problems.

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The Fulcrum Sling chair

The Fulcrum Sling is inspired by weighted gates, cranes, trebuchets and many other existing products that utilize counter-balance or weight in a unique way, the aim of The Fulcrum Sling is to create a chair with an adjustable seating position that does not require a button to be pressed or lever pulled. You just sit on the chair and depending on how you maneuver your body weight and position it will automatically adjust to suit you. This allows for very natural movement of the sitter between different positions.

The chair is manufactured from green ash with the manufacturing process involved being a fusion between traditional green woodworking process and more typical machine led process. This creates this very clean and sophisticated look while also maintaining its natural feel, shown with the inclusions of the waney edge of the timber on the outside of the piece. This coupled with a large limestone rock hanging off the back which regulates the movement of the chair creates an elegance that walks the fine line between naturalistic and sleek sophistication.

Alumen

Alumen began with many experimentations in the aluminium casting process by testing its interactions with other materials when cast on them. For example fibre glass, leaves, kevlar and various woods.

As well as experimentation with materials that it was cast upon, casting process were also experimented with. This led to the development of the plunge casting process in which a male mould is plunged into green sand. Creating an identical female mould, then molten aluminium would be poured into the female mould and the male mould is pressed into this forcing the aluminium up the sides in waves

A combination of this material experimentation and process experimentation led to the Alumen shades. The oak mould burnt more and more each time, disintegrating and cracking open which would then make the subsequent shades more rugged and rough. This created a series of lampshades which mirrored and showed the effect of intense heat on the oak mould.

Dissertation

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