Ergonomics, aesthetics and the anthropometric properties of furniture

When buying a piece of bespoke furniture we rarely take into account the major design principles that go into crafting the perfect perch. The design principles are ergonomics, aesthetics and anthropometrics. These three core design principles effect the way in which interact with everything we use.

Buying a piece of furniture, on the surface may seem like a choice purely based on looks alone (and for some I’m sure it is) but to truly get the optimum comfort out of something we must consider the largely overlooked properties of a product. By ignoring the other factors of a product we leave ourselves open to inevitable disappointment. For example, a sofa may look great and fit the style of your home, but in terms of its usability you may find it extremely lacking. Striking a careful balance is key.

To be able to clearly establish what the core principles are we must therefore define them:

Ergonomics:

This term refers to the design of a product in relation to the body and its movements. So for example, in a workplace environment an employee’s chair will be designed with the user in mind. Posture, body mechanics and contours are all taken into account. I’m sure you’ve noticed the wide spectrum of human beings on this earth; designers always conceptualise with this fact in mind. By designing for a greater scope of users, you open up your product to a larger consumer market, and as a result increase potential profits. But ergonomics (as a whole) stretches far beyond monetary outcomes. Health and productivity also factor in as well. By considering the user’s health in both the short and long term it reflects a conscious effort on the part of the designer to combat the onset of injuries in later life. An ergonomically designed desk for example can boost workers productivity considerably because of the fact it was designed with the user in mind.

Aesthetics:

This term refers to the general beauty of a product in the eyes of the viewer. Though visual appeal is a part of the aesthetics it’s not the only part. Sound, smell, touch, taste and movement all contribute to the quality of a product. For example mobile phones, apart from being a technical feat of portable technology also try to appeal to our visual needs. Colour, shape, texture, size etc all factor into the decision as to whether the phone is right for us. Consumers who aren’t necessarily the most tech “savvy” for example, will regularly base their decisions on looks alone. As aforementioned this can prove to be the downfall of many consumers. From a design standpoint, producing a product that seamlessly manages to look appealing all while retaining form and function is the mark of a truly great piece of engineering.

Anthropometrics:

This design term refers to the look of a product in relation to the human body. By attributing a product to the human form we can discern the top from the bottom, the front from back and the sides. This doesn’t necessarily suggest that product must resemble any actual part of the human anatomy but that it is relatable. Take an iron for example, we can tell the front from its back immediately, that’s because it’s been designed with anthropocentricity in mind. If we also take a look at other humanistic things we can attribute to anthropometric design you’d recognise things of a cultural and traditional nature.

Now that we are aware of the core design principles, we are now better equipped to sift through the barrage of wonky wardrobes, clunky cabinets and dire draws.

The Benefits of Bespoke Furniture

Whether you’re a first-time mover or it’s your third time relocating, the excitement of new furniture, trinkets and a chance to redecorate your brand new home is unavoidable. With a splash of paint and a dash of personal style, you can transform your new house. However, when it comes to actually purchasing the furniture, it’s likely that you’ll have two options; you can either opt for free standing furniture or fitted (bespoke) furniture. While free standing furniture may seem like the most ideal option because of its price, bespoke furniture has its benefits too. Below we have compiled just 3 benefits of bespoke furniture.

Space

As far as space-saving options go, fitted furniture is definitely in the top 3. As it can be made to your exact specifications in terms of measurements and overall size, it will fit perfectly into the dedicated space with no hassle of trying to hide awkward corners or unsightly gaps at the back of your cupboards. By having bespoke furniture, you can not only save on space allowing more room for other furniture or activities depending on the room you’re looking to redecorate, it also helps to enhance the appearance of the room and make it look a little more neat and tidy.

Customisation

One advantage that many homeowners value is that you can create your own furniture design and have your fitted furniture exactly the way you want it. While you may prefer to purchase pre-designed goods, there’s no reason why you can’t extract a few ideas from the internet and compile them into one final design. The freedom you get in terms of customisation with bespoke furniture allows you to make your home one of a kind and you can design your custom-made furniture to meet your exact requirements in terms of appearance, storage, size and style.

Maintenance

Bringing us back to the gaps between the furniture and the walls, quite often a lot of dust can collect in these spaces and they can be very awkward to clean, especially if you find yourself getting caught between the corner and your cupboards. On a brighter note, as bespoke furniture is usually pushed right back against the wall, it gets rid of these unsightly holes and helps to diminish the amount of dust that collects behind the furniture. This also works for the space between the ceiling and furniture; say a wardrobe, as there is less space for dust to collect meaning that you can take a break from spring cleaning for a while!

These are just three benefits of bespoke furniture.

Here at Russell Blake, we operate in London and offer a bespoke furniture service for those living in the surrounding areas. If you’d like to enquire about our available services or you’d like to know a bit more about what we can offer you, please do not hesitate to get in touch today through our contact us page. We look forward to hearing from you!