XoomRooms Modular wall system by James Hoefler

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
XoomRooms

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Modular wall system

INSPIRATION:
My daughters needed to sublet a section of their apartment in order to afford the rent. There was no easy way to create a new, private space in the apartment without harming the floor, ceiling and walls, and so I designed and built one.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
DIY: Lightweight & easy to assemble & disassemble with only an Allen wrench Adjustable: Works for any ceiling height up to 3.5 meters Versatile: Set up in an infinite variety of straight and angled configurations Sturdy: Poles handle 20 kg of lateral stress when installed Undetectable: The system leaves no marks on the floor or ceiling after being disassembled Storable: The system components lay flat and store easily when not in use

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Do-it-yourselfers can create entirely new and private spaces in the existing rooms of their homes with only a 4 mm Allen wrench used to tighten connecting bolts, a level to make sure the walls are level as they go up, and the ability to heft a 12 kg door panel. XoomRooms provides the poles that anchor the wall system between the floor and ceiling and connecting members used to connect the panels to the poles and to each other.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January of 2012 in Washington, DC, and was completed in Carlisle, PA, in January of 2014. Prototyping was completed in Carlisle, PA, Sherburne, NY, and Middleburg, PA.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Unexpected Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The design process for this product made extensive use of trail-and-error. Many of what I thought were my most promising design ideas collapsed (sometimes literally) when tested. By the end of the process I had developed a saying: You do not know anything until you actually test it. Working with and listening to mass production professionals was also key. A great design solution that is intended for a mass audience is nothing if it can not be replicated in volume.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Pole base: miter-folded MDF clad with laminate; 5.7 cm x 5.7 cm x 230 cm Pole extension: aluminum; 1.9 cm round x 152 cm high Bottom plate: HDPE; 5.7 cm x 5.7 cm x 1.9 cm Top plate: Plastic; 7.5 cm round x 3 cm high Connecting pressure plates: MDF; 1.9 cm x 3.8 cm x 230 cm Wall panels: Consumer choice, the wall panels in the design submitted here are laminated MDF; 1.6 cm x 50 cm x 230 cm [389]

TAGS:
Modular, temporary, portable, residential, wall system

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research: Participant observation Objectives: Generate value for the end user at a reasonable price Methodology: Transformation (creative thinking) and convergence (prototyping) Data: Semi-structured interviews Experiments: Lots of trial-and-error (mostly error) Results: A product that will change the way people live their lives Insights: XoomRooms is a game-changer . . . There is nothing like it in the market. Real-Life: Nearly everyone I have met has a potential use in mind for XoomRooms in their lives

CHALLENGE:
I set out to create a modular wall system that would: - Be easy for a single person to put up and take down - Be able to endure multiple assembly-disassembly cycles - Be sturdy and safe - Leave no marks on the floor, walls, or ceiling when removed - Be easy to store when not in use - Be able to be mass produced (to keep price-point low) - Not violate fire code - Be sustainable - Be aesthetically pleasing The hardest part was meeting ALL of these design criteria at the same time.

ADDED DATE:
2014-02-24 07:10:01

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IMAGE CREDITS:
James Hoefler, 2013.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
XoomRooms

PROFILE:
Jim Hoefler is an entrepreneurial designer based in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is a trained mechanical engineer with 30 years of experience in residential design, redesign, and residential construction in California, Arkansas, New York, and Pennsylvania. Hoefler is the principle for XoomRooms, a startup company he launched in 2013. His portable, temporary, residential wall system is the first of a series of products to be offered as part of the XoomRooms brand. Partners for this design include Northway Industries (Middleburg, PA US) and Hafele America Co.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Xoomrooms Modular Wall System by James Hoefler is a Nominee in Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Xoomrooms Modular Wall System by James Hoefler is Winner in Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Category, 2013 - 2014.

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