Function is the core basis of furniture design. Yet aesthetics, form, materiality, colour and construction can serve as the defining principle over function. A design piece may be design purely on the basis of function and have little or no consideration to other design principles. The outcome for many designers is to innovate the world of furniture design by developing furniture that is as beautiful as it is functional.
Form should follow function and often go hard in hand when designing furniture fit for purpose. Designers consider and explore in detail the design outcomes relating to ergonomics to ensure comfort, function and suitability to use. The application of research about human variability and adaptability to the design process, ergonomics investigating working situations and Anthropometrics, considers information about human body size and shape.
Both of these applications of research are key to function.
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