Pandora Multifunctional Sofa by Andreas Orpheas Makos & Manolis Stratis

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Pandora

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Multifunctional Sofa

INSPIRATION:
As students ourselves, we live in small studios with limited space, and we use the sofa for many activities such as studying, sleeping, dining, meeting with friends, etc. When you only have one room that functions as different rooms, you start thinking of ways to transform it to fit various occasions. This triggered us to think how we can implement all these states into a product that can play the role of many pieces of furniture in one, and still be a beautiful artifact to have. Thus, the Pandora idea was born.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Pandora is a multifunctional sofa system concept, designed for studios with small space, with the purpose of converting the living-room by flexibly adapting to requirement, depending on the occasion, thus generating the most out of the available space. It has functions that serve four basic user needs; relaxation, entertainment, dining and studying, all integrated into one piece of furniture. It is consisted of a sofa/bed, cushions, three folding stools that can also function as footstools, a folding table, two roll-away benches and a drawer.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The product acts as a sofa and a bed in its original state. The user can also make use of the side cushions as pillows. To transform it from a single to a double bed, one simply pulls out the bed frame, lowers the bed leg and places the back row of cushions in the designed openings. To store the table, or bed sheets, one can pull out the drawer under the sofa and fold the table legs before placing it inside. The folding stools fold in the same way and to use the side benches, one simply pulls up and towards the seating to get them in position.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in November 2014 in Athens and finished in January 2015 in Syros.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Materials research and production methods were analyzed to determine the final choice of MDF wood for the inner structure of the sofa, an inexpensive and also sustainable in production type of wood, with a low carbon footprint, making it suitable for mass production with a low cost, and thus affordable to users. The outside of the sofa is covered with curved veneer sheets to give a more premium look. The product has many parts, but is designed in a way that assists easy packing, moving and assembly.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Sofa: Width 2000mm x Depth 1000mm x Height 870mm Double Bed: Width 2000mm x Depth 1550mm x Height 500mm Table: Width 1000mm x Depth 660mm x Height 550mm Stools: Width 630mm x Depth 550mm x Height 370mm

TAGS:
Sofa, Couch, Bed, Transformable, Stools, Table, Wooden, Contemporary, Multifunctional

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Following research and analysis, user tests of users in their houses performing everyday tasks were conducted. Observation, questionnaires and interviews with users helped us find the functions that our product would serve. Research in ergonomics and human factors was done to determine the positions of use and the product dimensions. Materials research and production methods were analyzed to determine the final choice of materials.

CHALLENGE:
The most challenging part of the design was implementing all these different functions in one product, and retaining an appealing look following contemporary design aesthetics, and at the same time keeping the cost low and giving the product a sustainable character.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-26 12:47:40

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Andreas Orpheas Makos and Manolis Stratis

IMAGE CREDITS:
Renders: Alexandros Georgakopoulos

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Andreas Orpheas Makos & Manolis Stratis

PROFILE:
Andreas Orpheas Makos and Manolis Stratis are two young Design Engineers from Greece, currently completing their studies at the University of the Aegean. Being friends and colleagues, they decided to work together on a project and they created the “Pandora” multifunctional sofa. They are both passionate about design and they try to improve with every project they do. With a Design Engineering background, and an eye for nice things, they combine functionality with aesthetic pleasures. Their fields of interest lie from industrial to interaction design, branding, service design, and more.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Pandora Multifunctional Sofa by Andreas Orpheas Makos & Manolis Stratis is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Pandora Multifunctional Sofa by Andreas Orpheas Makos & Manolis Stratis is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2014 - 2015.

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