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Design and industrialization of furniture

Grant number: 00/07557-0
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: February 01, 2002 - April 30, 2006
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Industrial Design - Product Design
Principal researcher:Yvonne Miriam Martha Mautner
Grantee:Yvonne Miriam Martha Mautner
Company:Góes Indústria e Comércio de Móveis Ltda. - ME
City: Mogi Guaçu


The project, based on analysis of the furniture sector, proposes an innovative relationship between the design development of furniture and the production process. This relationship is based on the possibility of combining a form of horizontal production, that is, where different components can be produced by different businesses, with the design activity which necessarily precedes this splitting up. The design details each component: platform frames in wood and sheet metal, metal drawers anticipating the possibility of the use of plastic at a later stage, metal fittings, which today are generally imported or produced here at high cost, and smaller components such as clothes hanger racks. To this end, the project centers on work done in workshops and in the laboratory, in order to arrive at a feasible design with a performance test already approved in prototype. The project includes research amongst users and furniture sales personnel to give an indication of the acceptability of the product on the market and to provide elements for the marketing strategy. Also contemplated was the definition of materials, the installation of the production unit and the production of the strategy and the products necessary for marketing. (AU)

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