The impression of finishing.

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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Master's Degree Programme in Furniture Design
Kalustesuunnittelun maisteriohjelma
The major focus in my design work is always on the last step, or as it is called finishing. This process is very crucial as it isextremely influential in creating a successful design. The same objects with same shapes could have different finishings,in other words, different final directions both in tangible and intangible aspects. These aspects include the price basis,the target audience and the user experience. For instance, finishing could differentiate between a variety of end products. This can be seen in the stainless steel objects, where the finishing can suggest different qualities, with for example hairline finishing enhancing the modernity of the object, mirror finish enhancing the sense of luxury. This choice on the aim and purpose of the object. For example, stainless steel with mirror-finishing would be suitable for public or outdoor areas since the shiny surface attracts people, and it is also resistant to steel corrosion. Therefore, people usually see sculptures or architectural products with this type of finishing. In the design world, it can be seen that furniture in the market can be classified in to different categories. Most pieces of furniture tend to compete in beauty, material innovation, as well as functions that respond to changing user behaviors. There are differences in how the finishing accentuates different materials. For example, finishing for wooden work is prominent as wood remains wood. The design focuses on presenting the wooden surface similarly to furniture that has been on the market during the last decades. Surface making consists only of shining or dyeing to intensify the color, and it is not that differentiated or innovative. On the other hand, metal objects can take different forms but the finishes in metal objects consist of only a few suitable methods, such as power coating, anodized surface, or chromium plated. Conversely, plastic is different from other materials as its finishing process is integrated into the formation by adding pigment colors into plastic in the injection process. This is different from other types of materials since the formation and surface-covering processes are separated. This project presents the new way to finalize the object in the finishing stage by using the material called vehicle film. In 2007, this material was very new and outstanding especially in automobile industry. Its main characteristics are high flexibility, able to fit with any curves and surfaces, resistant to different types of weather, and most importantly, not destroying the original car color . In the first part of the thesis I have presented new material for finishing (vehicle film) and discussed the proper way to combine this material with objects by industrial craft manufacture. Finding a perfect production process is an important factor in bringing this project to the market, because after studying and experimenting with the material, it is evident that if we want new ideas in finishing process, using 100% industrial production processes would not to be the right direction to pursue. Lastly, the final work of this project should show how to create finishes in ways that no other coloring processes can.
Ripatti, Timo
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järvisalo, Jouko
Relander, Martin
Vehicle film, Tape, Finishing process, Coloring process