Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

Classic furnitures – new user demands

Table set for living and social spaces
Project overview
Student name
Ákos Horváth
András Kerékgyártó
Product Design MA
Degree level
Design Institute
Year of project
Design of a table set, where I combine the decorative function that has become a modern tool with a storage function, a footrest function and a function that satisfies social occasions.
I achieve the combination of functions by arranging the table set into different shapes. I design the table set for family living rooms, as well as for expanding the target community into the foyers of offices, hotels and public spaces.
In addition to their intended purpose, objects placed in a space become integrated into our social and cultural environment, thus becoming an integral part of it and shaping it. We shape our environment as both a designer and as a user, and communicate information through the objects. We produce signs and present our subjective selves through them. The products themselves do not speak, but offer projection interfaces for meaning. This requires interpretation. It is important to explore and examine the visible and invisible meaning of the objects created by the designer, taking into the consideration the meaning of the products, along with its material and quality, as well as ergonomic properties, the expected performance of the product, aesthetics, cultural features and emotions conveyed by the object. By writing my dissertation, I undertake to examine the origin and role of classical furnishings in living spaces, by analysing the historical-cultural background. In the course of my research, I am looking to determine what role the types of furnishings examined play in a living space today compared to their original intended function. I hypothesize that the function of classical furnishings in a living space today only partially fulfils its original role. The original functions have partly changed in correlation with social change, adapting to ever-changing user and cultural needs and the quality of life, which can be related to changes in the use of living spaces and lifestyles.
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