Far Coast is the brand that inspires social and cultural connections - freshly brewed one cup at time. The strategic framework of our furniture collection is to reinforce the brand’s ability to warm people up individually and collectively.
The furniture was used in major Far Coast venues and installations in the Athletes' Villages, various Olympic stadiums, and throughout Whistler and the Lower Mainland during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
We developed the design concepts for our manufactured furniture that people use every day. My deliverables are rapid prototyping (foam core, cardboard, and pine wood), AutoCAD drafts, ergonomics, user research, case scenarios, and usability testing.
Far Coast, a Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO)
University of British Columbia Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
Team of Industrial Designers:
Tina Kao, Sheila Tse, Nick Santillan, and Luke Opacic (Wood Engineer)
Outdoor lounge chair, coffee table, and stand-up community table
Software Tools: Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD LT, and Softimage
Date: September 2009 - December 2009
Download: Far Coast Brand Guideline
Far Coast is thrilled to do its part to reduce the overall environmental footprint of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games with our Blue Pine Furniture Partnership. Chris Terrio, Managing Director of Brewed Beverages, Coca-Cola
If there is a putative B.C. collectible with the lineage that columnist Travis champions, the outdoor tables and chairs in the Winter Games athletes villages are it. Debbie Travis, Columnist of Vancouver Sun Newspaper (Friday, February 2, 2010)
The Far Coast beverage company comments, the 'Blue Pine' furniture partnership will leave a legacy of sustainability, innovation, design, creativity and collaboration, while supporting communities devastated by the pine beetle. Debbie Travis, Columnist of Vancouver Sun Newspaper (Friday, February 2, 2010)
|Products||Design Requirements||Download Instructions|
|All furniture pieces||
|Outdoor lounge chair||Create a “new concept” that is low, comfortable, and suitable for relaxing while enjoying a hot beverage.||Chair assembly|
|Outdoor low table||Paired with the Far Coast chair, it is used for a safe place to set down a hot beverage as the chair does not include that function.|
|Outdoor stand-up community table||
||Stand-up table assembly|
I made sketches, small scale foam models, and full scale wooden prototypes. Models were refined to get the best proportions needed. An adjustable seat jig was created to get the perfect ergonomic angles and measurements. Many options were tested to remove any aesthetic compromise over assembly and strength.
According to the provincial government of British Columbia, the mountain pine beetle has been eating its way through BC’s forests for years; leaving millions of dead and mainly lodgepole pine trees. My team designed the furniture collection using the B.C. mountain pine beetle material to support West Coast communities devastated by the pine beetle as the result of global warming.
Our design captures the brand essence; colour and style. Our aim is to help build the Far Coast and 2010 Winter Olympic brand and to help create the ambiance and feel of Far Coast “warming zone”. Our goal is to inspire and facilitate social interaction and cultural connections and maintain a design style across all furniture elements.
The asymmetrical design of the chair allows two variations to be manufactured with minimal added costs, while adding various configurations to create more unique settings for display.
We used only dimension lumber to stay within the manufacture budget and to be assembled through ready-to-assemble (RTA) hardware. The chairs and tables are flat-packed assembled for ease of production and transportation.
Approximately 100 Olympic outdoor lounge chairs, 70 community stand-up tables and 30 coffee tables were manufactured at University of British Columbia Centre for Advanced Wood Processing.