Created the rounded form I wanted for my final concept was the most difficult obstacle to overcome in the whole making process. I specifically wanted to keep the rounded shape on the top and the bottom of the different forms as to mimic the rounded arch in the cows back and the hanging, protruded stomach they are famous for. These key, subtle features are what resembles the cow alongside the legs and material choice. One of my most vital concerns was ensuring I kept the angle on the bottom of the cow and the angle on the top of the calf as I had designed them to fit under one another.
I initially thought the best way to create this organic shape was by heating and bending it using the process of steam bending. however I found I would have to use a much thinner based material such a flexi-ply. By using this method it would mean I would have to add some sort of flat surface for the mounting plates to attach to and ground. This meant adding four unsightly blocks with one end that flat and the other that follows the angle of the steam bent ply. This took away from the shape I had originally wanted to create.
My second option was laminating the wood and creating a former that produced the shape. This is a method often used with wooden chairs to create organic forms. However, I was faced with the same issue in that I would need a flat base to mount the bottom of this shape, which would compromising the original shape.
Cork & an extrude cut
Finally, I found a material I had been looking at this whole time was perfect for what I wanted to do. The idea came to me when I remembered the Jasper Morrison Family of Cork stools I had seen in Milan. Corks natural solid yet soft material properties were perfect for sculpting a solid organic object. It also meant I wouldn't need to use upholstery foam which is made from the petroleum-based product that would be a total contradiction of what I am trying to achieve in this product. There are plenty of plastic-based vegan material alternatives out there but I am trying to show the property advances of natural, plant-based materials and so in this respect cork does just that. As cork can keep its shape, it meant I could extrude out a rectangle shape to fix a flat, wood base into the centre. This would keep the base out of sight and allow me to keep the bottom angle I wanted.
Although, I was only planning to used plant-based alternatives for the leather, I think this solution to my upholstery problem was a great way to show the material properties of plant based materials.
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