Product Design

Movement as the Language Between User and Object

Renée Spanjer
Practice Commercial Practices
Project New Frontiers
Major Product Design
Year Fourth Year

Nominee: Bachelor Research Award and Drempleprijs Commercial Practices 2020

My graduation project is a sequel to the book “The Beauty Of Object Gestures” that I made earlier this year. This book is an archive of objects that are categorised based on gestures, such as push, pull, rotate, and roll.

To graduate from art school, I wanted to create something I have never done before.

To graduate from art school, I wanted to create something I have never done before. Researching movements of objects is a continuation of this earlier work and has been an iterative process. It brought me unexpected and new outcomes. I investigated the relationship between user and object ranging from historical aspects to modern society. During the project, I tried to frame the ‘unseen’ beauty of movements and gestures. What if object-related movements would be the central stage in the ideation of new products (or in the interpretation of existing ones) in industrial design?

The symbiosis between object and user, performed in gesture. The work frames an iterative process where the language between object and user becomes the choreography. The work shows possible movements of the folding chair and how the body moves within that movement.

The process has been diverse and resulted in a wide spectrum of work disciplines. I divided my research and experiments into three categories: object, user and where they become a symbiosis. A symbiosis between user and object means to me when both parties need each other.

Thinking of movement as the language between user and object, I collaborate with two professional dancers. As the chapter 'Choreography' was already part of my research, now became choreography the ideation of the final result. Working together with dancers added a new layer to the project and to me as a designer.

The Symbiosis Shows an intimate interaction between a dancer and a folding chair. It displays a close physical play, where the dancer not only pushes her own limits but also stretches the qualities of the chair.