This will be more fun if we answer it together. I’m also curious as to what you’ll say. KT (a technical designer for a manufacturer) writes:
I’ve been given the task of setting up a Sample Room/Design Lab here in our design offices. Whilst I had a great sample room in [redacted], I’ve never had the opportunity to build one from scratch! I’m picturing my dream world – one where I can develop patterns and construction details with our team in an innovative and creative environment (my dreams will probably be crushed by budget but they’re nice for now). So I thought I’d put the question to you since you’re the professional… what would you include in your dream sample room? Is there anything you would think essential?
Don’t we love to dream? ~sigh~ My essential shop would include fairies. Lots of fairies.
From the responses I’ll create a list of essentials, priorities and costs which will be useful down the road regardless of the size of your enterprise. I’ll make it into a separate post for future reference.
Here are my suggestions –in the context of KT’s employer. Obviously, your mileage will vary:
- CAD system with all the doo-dahs.
- Software: Illustrator, Excel etc
- A 16-20 foot table
- Various tools and supplies (rulers of varying lengths
- Good lighting, probably more than they think they need.
- Pressing equipment
- Sewing machines (product specific)
Nice to have:
- Dress form
- Two sections of 16-20 foot tables
- Overhead feed rail
- A compressor (depending on equipment/product demands)
Thanks for your suggestions!