Labelling

We had wondered about adding labels to the different pockets of our instruction/tool fold out case. For continuity with the rest of the typography of the projects, we stenciled the contents of the pockets onto white cotton hemming tape.

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The pen bled a lot more into the cotton tape than was anticipated, and we ended up with quite a messy, blurry label. Before persevering with finding alternatives for the ink pen, we decided to make sure that we were actually happy with the look of the labels.

Pocket label on the fold out case

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It was agreed that the labels weren’t a look that we were really happy with. We feel that with so few items in the fold out case that it perhaps wasn’t necessary to label the individual pockets; this would also leave the fold out case uncomplicated, with the instructional drawings clearly standing out. 

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Final Presentation Panels

After spending quite a bit of time on the presentation that we would pin up alongside the shelter, we decided on a layout we were happy with. While we were always conscious of allowing for white space around the images, we also didn’t want to edit too much out as it had been such a long and constantly evolving process, we felt there were so many important things to include! We decided that a linear and aligned layout would be not only easier to read but also in keeping with our precise and modular shelter. We agreed on 4 A1 pages consisting of a position and precedents page, a process and exploration page, an assembly and instructions page and a final images and interior shots page. There would be a lot of anxiety in producing these panels as it is always difficult to know how successful they will be but we were happy with the result.

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Tetrahedron Template

Throughout the process of designing our kitset shelter, we have been thinking of ways to further include materials from the end user’s domestic interior. One way we decided we could do this was to include a template of the tetrahedron modules with the kitset; this would allow the user the opportunity to add on to the structure using materials found within their home, be it starched sheets, cardboard or other materials that can be given a bit of strength. Conversely, modules can be added that are less structured; either creating more individual pockets or a connection to the base of the structure in order to address the ground condition – perhaps a soft textile ground cover that is made up of several tetrahedrons sewn together and filled with clothes or towels to create a large pillow or mattress?

The tetrahedron module template included with the kitset

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A Place for Everything, and Everything in its Place

We had been exploring the idea of creating a fold-out instructional pocket that would neatly fold up and store away within the packaging. In our minds this fold out pocket would resemble something like a fold out pencil case, or the fold out kits used by archaeologists.

Fold out pencil case

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(http://apenchantforpaper.blogspot.co.nz/2010/08/homemade-pencilpen-cases.html)

Archaeologists tool kit

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(http://www.pasthorizonstools.com/Leather_Essentials_Kit_p/etrl_01.htm)

Our first decision to make was the eventual size of our instructions, as this would determine how much space there would be left for the pockets for the tools. Originally we had imagined that there would be two fold out parcels, one for the instructions and another for the tools, but in the end we decided that a single fabric fold out would be sufficient. 

We decided that our final instructions would be A3 size, so that each diagram would be clear. With this in mind we cut a piece of felt that was 540mm wide by 690mm high – this height would allow the piece to be folded over three times. We chose to use felt in order to have continuity with our other fabric elements.

Planning the size of the instructional fold out

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We also wanted to see if stenciling labels directly onto the felt would work, but the nature of the fabric left the writing looking blurred and untidy.

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After having printed out our instructional drawings, we were able to then lay them out on the fabric and determine the size of the pocket that would hold them, along with where the rest of the pockets that will hold the cord, cable ties, split pins etc. will be placed.

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We decided to use the black felt, rather than a colour as it was a nicer contrast to the white of the instructions. It was also felt (!!!) that using the green and red colours in close proximity would perhaps encourage Christmas connotations.

Pinning the pockets, ready for sewing

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The instructions pocket was designed so that when the fabric case was unfolded the top of the instructions were clear to see

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As with the packaging and the shelter itself, all the seams and stitches were left exposed, highlighting the details which are often carefully hidden away.

The finished fold out case: a place for everything and everything in its place

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What’s in a Name…

A few of our classmates have given their kitset shelters names, so we decided that we would too. After bandying about ‘Frank‘, ‘Super Cool Kitset Tent Shelter‘ and ‘Summer Breeze‘ we decided, in a nod to Modernist Architect Eileen Gray, to call our kitset shelter design ‘R19’. The ‘R‘ stands for Respite, as this is one of the main focuses of our design, but can also be representative of Relaxation, Refuge and quite often Rivets! The 19 signifies the nineteen tetrahedrons that make up the structure (formally the name was R21, but with the loss of two tetrahedrons we had to change the name!).

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Final Package

The full scale mock up had been successful, there were just a couple of issues to tweak such as the depth of the instructions compartment and working out how the lid would open, would it be hinged or remove completely? We also wondered if we should leave the holes open or use paper fasteners in homage to the shelter, this would be more of an aesthetic choice than a functional one.

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