Far Coast lounge furniture

The Blue Pine furniture is designed for Far Coast, Coca-Cola Company's official coffee brewer of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Far Coast is the brand that inspires social and cultural connections - freshly brewed one cup at time.

Mass production

Manufactured at University of British Columbia Centre for Advanced Wood Processing.

My role

My goal was to design a furniture collection that is sustainable, elegant, and culturally diverse in a relaxing social environment to promote the Far Coast brand. I developed the design concepts for the manufactured furniture that people use every day.

Deliverables

  • Rapid prototyping (foam core, cardboard, and pine wood)
  • AutoCAD drafts
  • Ergonomics
  • User research
  • Case scenarios
  • Usability testing

Tools

Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD LT, and Softimage

Far Coast Furniture
The Coca-Cola Company logo

"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

The Vancouver Sun logo

"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 Vancouver Sun logo

"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)
Far Coast Furniture
Far Coast

Strategic framework

The furniture collection reinforces the brand’s ability to warm people up individually and collectively.

Global warming and sustainability

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.

The furniture collection is using B.C. mountain pine beetle material to support West Coast communities devastated by the pine beetle as the result of global warming.

Sketches

Challenges

The physical design aspect is required to be economically manufacturable primarily by UBC’s woodworking facilities. The lower the cost the bigger the option for higher volume production. The furniture must be suitable for indoor and outdoor use, knock-down, and can be ship in compact state where it is easy to disassemble for reshipping. The final product must be easy to assemble by untrained workers.

Far Coast

Design vision

Outdoor lounge chair

Create a “new concept” that is low, comfortable, and suitable for relaxing while enjoying a hot beverage.

Outdoor low coffee 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

Approximately 8’ long, intended for people to be able to rest at with their hot beverage. It should be suitably stable enough for leaning against. The intention of the large size is to promote socialization between different guests sharing the table. It is also required to support a large size patio umbrella.

Workshop

User testing

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.

Wood

Rapid prototyping

I made sketches, small scale foam models, and full scale wooden prototypes. Models were refined to get the best proportions needed.

Logo

The brand connection speaks to social nature of coffee as a gatherer around the cup.

The design captures the brand essence; colour and style. My 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”. My goal is to inspire and facilitate social interaction and cultural connections and maintain a design style across all furniture elements.

Far Coast

Inspired by the Far Coast logo

The chair’s unique asymmetrical back support pattern invites playfulness that allows for a variety of arrangements. 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.

Far Coast

Ready-to-assemble (RTA) hardware

Used only dimension lumber to stay within the manufacture budget and to be assembled through RTA hardware. The chairs and tables are flat-packed assembled for ease of production and transportation.

Chair pieces and hardware

  • 1 x backrest
  • 1 x rear support
  • 1 x seat pan
  • 1 x short side piece
  • 1 x long side piece with arm rest
  • Long screws, short screws, metal bracket, pre-installed metal dowels, short bolts and long bolts.

Community table pieces and hardware

  • 1 x table top
  • 1 x leg support
  • 2 x legs
  • 14x Pre-installed metal dowels and 14x short bolts
3D rendering

Result

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. 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.

Far Coast

Credits

Industrial Team

Industrial Designer Tina Kao
Industrial Designer Sheila Tse
Industrial Designer Nick Santillan
Wood Engineer Luke Opacic

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