Restrictions as inspiration – An exploration of the design process in the contract textile industry

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Rodriguez Chavez, Marco Yoshizawa, Aoi 2014-12-02T09:57:27Z 2014-12-02T09:57:27Z 2014
dc.description.abstract I believe restrictions can inspire creativity. Due to my personal background of living abroad with limited knowledge of foreign culture, I consider limitations a challenge that motivates me to solve problems in everyday life. Through this thesis, I explore if limitations in the design process can also motive my creativity. The quality requirements of contract textiles significantly restrict not only the manufacturing but also the design process of textile products. In order to ensure safety in public premises, contract textile designers face the challenge of developing new products under restricted circumstances. The objective of this thesis is to investigate how quality criteria restrict the design process and the designer’s approach toward these restrictions. Moreover, I challenge myself to apply this knowledge to my own design practice. As a result, I have designed upholstery and hanging fabrics for contract use and created final prototypes in the Swedish weaving mill Svensson. This research is conducted through different approaches: theoretical investigations, expert interviews and design production. The theoretical research defines the contract textile industry and the essential factors influencing the design process. This investigation reveals that quality standards narrow the possibilities for designers in their technical choices. In addition, expert interviews explore how designers actually develop textile products within the technical limitations. For the practical approach, I complete a contract textile collection based on the collection concept Radom Order; a visual story for public spaces featuring structural patterns of architecture and echoing random movements of people. Moreover, I apply restrictions in the contract textile design process as inspirational sources to this design practice. Through this research, I found that the technical limitations of contract textiles affect the overall design process as well as aesthetic value of textile products and clearly motivate designers to focus on the design challenges. Therefore, restrictions in the design process can drive designer’s creativities by creating freedom within a framework of technical limitations. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Restrictions as inspiration – An exploration of the design process in the contract textile industry en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Muotoilun laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword contract textiles en
dc.subject.keyword quality standards for contract textiles en
dc.subject.keyword technical limitations en
dc.subject.keyword weaving production en
dc.subject.keyword upholstery en
dc.subject.keyword hanging fabric en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201412023061
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Salolainen, Maarit
dc.programme fi

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