Celebrating Mistakes, A Manifestation of Embarrassment.
- quick and light in movement or action; agile.
Looking at the range of products we offer at F is for furniture, we felt it was important to connect users of our furniture to make them feel more comfortable in their environment. The concept of making items complement each other in a space and work happily on their own is a big part of design form and function.
After several months of prototyping and testing, the new designs are now officially ready to be sent out to the world. From the original sketches and concepts we developed a delicate construction method that solved a problem in strength and movement. The brief is always to reduce the number of parts in order to make manufacturing smoother, flow better and fun. If a part gets damaged, it is easy to replace. However, this process did have it’s challenges and the early versions weren’t fully satisfactory from an engineering perspective.
Taking time to evaluate by gauging early feedback was essential in the evolution of the designs. It became clear we were getting excited about releasing something new for people but needed to take a breath and remember not to rush. Afterall, it is for people, whether it’s the client, the designer or the maker, we want everyone to have a good experience when it comes to our products. Feedback is crucial, even the most critical may seem hard to swallow at first, however as much as we want to bury it, we should always highlight the point that we’re still learning, we’re committed to getting the best processes and best products in place for everyone.
In the manufacturing process, we need to build in as many scenarios of wrongdoing and complacency as possible, then remove the ways in which it would be capable of creeping back in. This comes at the earliest stages of the design/engineering process as the way in which the product is built needs to be considered just as carefully as any aesthetic choices. If the construction method is in any way assumed then the product is at fault and shouldn’t be passed to manufacturing until at least a written assembly process is established.
All our furniture is designed to optimise sheet material. Limit waste and promote good design that can be for any environment, age, task or occasion. Always easy to manufacture and understand. The starting concept is mass production and process driven in order to alleviate waste and celebrate efficiency.
The word Nimble applies to this process as much as the any other visual connotation. We aim to encapsulate the idea of efficiency, low maintenance and swift action through endless testing and relentless focus. If things are not right, we shout about them as much as when they go well. Then we fix it and shout again. We hope that you join us on our journey to create products from ply for people and planet.