Commercial Imperatives and Product Design: A Multiple Case Study in the Furniture and Accessories Industry

Federico Fossati

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

This thesis is concerned with the development of design products in the furniture and accessories industry. Five cases studies will be analyzed, with focus on the final product and the design process that led to it. The descriptive and inductive research will answer the question “How do commercial imperatives influence the design of furniture and accessories?”. Qualitative data was collected through in depth, semi-structured interviews with the designers of the products that are object of the study. The starting point will be an outline of the history of furniture, leading up to the current commercial peculiarities and issues in the activity of designers. The theoretical framework for the study will then be set up, including the theories about product design used for the analysis. The five cases will be presented, followed by the analysis of the findings of the interviews with the designers. This analysis will uncover the influence of commercial imperatives on each of the elements of the product emerged from the theoretical framework: material, function, expression and form. Finally, the results will be discussed in order to contribute to the current academic discussion on product design and provide useful insights for the practice of design and the management of creative industries.

EducationsMSocSc in Management of Creative Business Processes , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages81
SupervisorsRobin Holt