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A NOMADIC FURNITURE DESIGN FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

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Jingwei Lin

on 1 December 2010

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INTRODUCTION Existing dormitory furniture does not adequately address college students’ needs for clothes storage and moving frequency. This thesis explores design alternatives and makes suggestions for improvement. College students: New “nomads” (~twice a year)
Current dormitory furniture (Chest-of-Drawer + Closet): Heavy, large bulky, limited space (students create extra storage room)
Moving process: energy and time consuming
Eco-friendly materials should be considered to build product that is durable and lasts long FIVE MAJOR DESIGN ISSUES:
Functionality (i.e. storage convenience, etc.)
Enhanced form quality (aesthetics)
Flexibility
Simplicity
Durability (eco-aspect) to promote long-term use. RESEARCH RESEARCH OF COLLEGE STUDENT NEEDS Kirsten Ruby, Assistant Director of Housing for Marketing of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Housing Department indicates that most of the 7,000+ freshman students move out a the end of the year. Interviews by the designer conducted during spring semester, 2010 that included a total of 25 junior, senior and graduate students, indicated that this moving frequency appears to stay relatively constant at twice a year (in and out).
Kirsten Ruby, Assistant Director of Housing for Marketing of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Housing Department indicates that most of the 7,000+ freshman students move out a the end of the year.
Interviews by the designer conducted during spring semester, 2010 that included a total of 25 junior, senior and graduate students, indicated that this moving frequency appears to stay relatively constant at twice a year (in and out).
Room (2 beds):12 ft. x 13 ft. x 8 ft
Chest-of-Drawer (3 drawers): 28”W x 23-1/2”D x 30”H
Closet: 3' x 3' Vehicle Type Rear Track Width (in.) Cargo Volume (cu. ft.)
1 Ford Focus 58.1 13.8
2 Honda Civic 60.2 12.0
3 Honda Fit 58.1 20.6 (Rear seats up) / 57.3 (Rear seats down)
4 Honda Insight 58.1 15.9 / 31.5
5 Kia Forte 61.6 14.7
6 Nissan Versa 58.5 17.8 / 50.4
7 Pontiac Vibe 59.9 20.1 / 49.4
9 Subaru Impreza 58.9 19.0 / 44.4
10 Suzuki SX 4 58.9 38.1 / 54.3 58.1 inches of width
12 cubic feet of volume. STUDENTS PERSPECTIVES:
Functionality (i.e. storage convenience, etc.)
Enhanced form quality (aesthetics)
Flexibility
Simplicity
Durability (eco-aspect) to promote long-term use. SUSTAINABLE ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIALS in order to attain an accurate eco-calculation, the whole lifecycle of a product has to be considered. This includes nature resources used, material production, product manufacture, and product use and product disposal. “CES Selector” software:
helps estimate the energy usage and CO2 output Materials used in storage furniture design Timber Prefabricated Board Metal Plastic Corrugated Fiberboard (Cardboard) Paper Glass Fabric Cane NOMADIC nomadic furniture means furniture that is easy to make, lightweight but foldable, collapses, stacks, inflates or knocks down. Commonly used structures to achieve nomadic designs X structure Origami structure Flexible honeycomb structure Deployable structure Fillable structures Trolley structure Stackable structure Soft cover Box unit A NOMADIC FURNITURE DESIGN FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS DESIGN DESIGN CONCEPTS Key parameters to consider in the development of new design:
Target Users: college students
Material Requirement: eco-friendly
Size Limit: Should fit vehicle with 58.1 inches in rear track width and 12 cubic feet in cargo volume
Moving Capability: meet students’ demand for high moving frequency
Direction of Feature: Functionality, Enhanced form quality, Flexibility, Simplicity, Durability to promote long-term use Stackable unit Frame structure Adding functions to normal looking storage Twisting and rotating structure Exploring joint structures Further development Frame structure: advantages of being lightweight, saving materials, collapsible features.
Fabric or mesh pocket: advantages of being lightweight, eco-friendly and easy to transport and store.
Flexible storage space: provide users’ with the ability to adjust storage according to their personal needs. FINAL DESIGN: FENCE STORAGE Final design sketches To fully guarantee that the design can not only maximize storage volume for users, but also be easily fit in vehicle and transported, the designer built up a full-size mock-up to test the optimal size of the design. the height of product in use can keep 68 in., and while in transportation the sticks divided to two separate ones with each less than 50 in., which can be fit for trunk. FENCE STORAGE Fence Storage Rack Cube Box Dimensions Design revisions: During a final design critique, suggestions were made in order to refine several components. Following are six design revisions incorporated into the final design following in order to improve the function and user experience. Cube Boxes Enlarged Hanging Rod is supported by knob vertical tubs Clip Cubic Box to the Tubes Height Adjustment Button Breakdown and use Base as storage of rack components for transporting Add-ons for Fence Storage system: multiple choices for users to DIY (Do It Yourself) Key parameters to consider in the development of new design:
Target Users: college students
Material Requirement: eco-friendly
Size Limit: Should fit vehicle with 58.1 inches in rear track width and 12 cubic feet in cargo volume
Moving Capability: meet students’ demand for high moving frequency
Direction of Feature: Functionality, Enhanced form quality, Flexibility, Simplicity, Durability to promote long-term use EVALUATION & CONCLUSION Chest-of-Drawer Fence Storage CES Selector Software:
Comparing the existing Particle Board Chest-of-Drawers and the new Fence Storage design, the energy usage of new design is more than current chest-of-drawer. However due to the recycle of materials at the end of product life, the total energy usage is reduced to be less than Chest-of Drawers. Therefore, to make the design more eco-friendly, the new product should be manufactured in a way to achieve recyclable of the materials. Steel with 1/16" wall thickness Fabric + Steel Structure Concepts Brainstorming
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