Made some revisions to my older smASH dining chair design. I changed the seat, the stance, the proportions, the height, width and depth, the angles, the finish and the backrest. The joinery, the ash and the basic shape/form have remained relatively the same.
I am very happy with the results. It is much more comfortable, more flowing, simpler to make, and has a stronger sense of continuity.
Taking an old design and refining it is an amazing exercise. It is so much easier to just start over with something new but by working with an older design it forces you to work on things you might not normally confront. The main thing I learned from this experience is that sometimes the initial idea that you have when designing can be the very thing that limits you. With smASH 1.0 the seat was the main focus and it informed the whole design. I neglected form, proportions, stance and many other things. With smASH 2.0, I completely got rid of the original seat which allowed me to focus on the chair as a whole instead of individual ideas put together.
There is still lots of room for improvement and that is a great thing. In a year, smASH 2.0 will seem drastically different to me and that is an amazing thing. We are constantly evolving. Our tastes are always changing. Our eyes getting sharper. Our minds getting deeper. I look forward to finding more flaws in myself and improving them. I look forward to learning more about myself through the amazing process of design and creating.