When I set out to design something, I sometimes find it helpful to make a list of requirements.
If designing a chair, my list might look like this:
- the seat must be at an appropriate height and shaped or upholstered for comfort;
- the chair must bear the weight of the user;
- it should have a back rest;
- it should be stable in use;
- wood is the primary material used; and
- I want to use traditional joinery; etc.
For Insanity 2, I made a different-looking list of requirements to help me think outside of the box:
- the design should be adventurous enough to make me question my sanity for attempting to build it at every step along the way;
- the design should be easily distinguishable from other designs;
- wood does not have to be the primary material;
- the figured ash does not need to be the focal point, nor does it need to be used in the final product;
- the framed ash panels do not have to be doors;
- if making a cabinet, the apparent doors do not have to be working;
- I don’t have to use a clear finish;
- a cabinet does not need to have completely enclosed space;
- it doesn’t need to have curves;
- I don’t need to finish it this month, or this year;
- it doesn’t need to be functional;
- it can be wall-mounted or free-standing;
- I want to be able to make the entire piece myself (no outsourcing); and
- the overall construction should be sound.