The global folding furniture market is expected to generate $13 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2016 to 2022. The folding furniture growth is supplemented by rapid urbanization and need for efficient use of the available space. These furniture are multifunctional and space saving. For residential or commercial complexes, lacking space or requiring space for multitude of different uses, folding furniture offer the much needed solution.
I worked as an Industrial Designer and I believe that a good design is a combination of an appealing visual form and an underlying practical purpose. This philosophy combines business, people and technology in generating an innovative and functional solution.
Team of Industrial Designers:
Tina Kao and Sheila Tse (self-directed)
Petit cork surface
Large, petit, and lumbar pillows
Metal base frame and legs, steel rods, wooden boards, high densisty foam, feathers, cork, polyester and cotton fibre fabric.
Software Tools: Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD LT, and Softimage
In the last 50 years, the proportion of one-person households has increased from 6.0% of the population in 1941 to 26.8% of the population in 2006. Homes in urban areas are costly and relatively small. Young professionals are one of the primary market segments driving the residential revitalizations of downtowns. The professionals choose downtowns as a place of residence and typically live in an apartment or condominium.
|Student: cheap||$999 and under|
|Professional: affordable||$1,000 to $2,500|
|Upper professional: deluxe||$2,500 to $5,000|
The seating system must be able to accomodate the fundamental activities in the living room. It is a practical solution that solves the initial problem - increasing the functionality and quality of a modern sofa while considering the cost. Our challenge is to design for the young professionals who have a limited budget and limited space in their homes.
|TV dinners/watch a film||13/8||156/96||1,248/768|
|Been a bed/visitors||5/8||60/96||480/768|
Wants to live in a modern apartment, equipped with designer pieces. Her style is simple and casual. She likes to relax and read in her living space.
Wants a bright room in which he can socialize together with friends. The living room is characterized by a professional mix of modern design furniture.
User trials, sketches, small to full scale wooden prototypes, and ergonomics were initiated to test the functionality and usability of the product. odels were refined to get the best proportions needed. Prototype details include inner construction of seat cushions, details of stitchings, zippers, corner radius, and fabric options. We had a chance to work with a manufacturing company, Hong Kong Royal Furniture, where the final design was produced in a larger scale production.
Urban Sofa is ultimately a platform with three separate backrests that can be moved around to shape and create personalized furniture that adapts to a person’s lifestyle. Each backrest panels has two metal rods that slot in to holes on the seating platform to help customize the seating configuration. The back panels can also be inserted to the sides of the sofa or to an ottoman. This will transforms it in to a sofa chair.
We have decreased the size of the sofa for shipping and ease of home moving. We have resolved that by creating a new way to construct the seating system, offering a new consumer experience and the ability to change and adapt to different living spaces.
|Manufacturer in Hong Kong||Cost (CAD)|
|Retail||$700 to $800|
Simply configure your ideal sofa by adding back panels, seat cushions, armrests, or ottoman.
Ability to change
All components are modular and can be rearranged for different scenarios and needs.
Easy to maintain
All fabric covers can be removed for cleaning, insuring that your sofa can be used multiple times in many situations.
Can be shipped as one package, ready-to-assemble (RTA) on site.