We wanted to create a nightstand with slight variation to the one shown in class so we built in a small nook to store a book, iPad, journal, etc. The first day of production we ran into problems with creating our mold, because we realized too late that our measurements did not account for the thickness of the foam. So we actually built the mold and poured the concrete on the second day, which is why we do not have an image of the actual piece yet.
Considering Dieter Rahm’s 10 principles of good design, our design is most notably useful, understandable, unobtrusive, honest, long-lasting, environmentally friendly, and as little design as possible. Hopefully it is obvious to the user that the nook is handy for storing reading or writing items that one might use before going to bed, which is (what we thought) a useful feature. The nightstand itself is pretty small and is not shaped in an obtrusive way: it can fit easily into a corner. Concrete is a long lasting material, and we used a minimal amount of wood. The honesty of the design goes hand in hand with having as little design as possible. The nightstand with book-nook is exactly what it seems to be: a small and simple nightstand with a special cavity for one or several reading items.