The inspiration behind the design was a desire to improve upon the multifunctional stools currently available and our experience in manufacturing semi-rigid felt products. Our ultimate goal was to produce a fun and easy to use stool in a simple geometric form.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The defining feature of the stool is its compact and light nature. It allows the user to carry it comfortably and safely one-handed anywhere around the home. Constructed of semi-rigid felt, it maintains its shape, yet provides a firm and comfortable seat. The felt waste from production is chopped into small beans and used as the filler instead of polystyrene foam beans. The stool can also be emptied for use as a storage basket.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The smaller side of DIMPLE is marked by a slight depression for an improved seating experience. Turn the stool over to reveal a wider flat surface that supports a serving tray. This side also unzips to allow you to remove the bag of felt beans and convert the stool into a storage basket. The ring handle pulls out for easy carrying or hanging against a wall.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project commenced at the beginning of 2015 in Hong Kong and the design was finalized in mid-May.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
A pressing tool is applied to a pre-heated felt sheet to form the stool body. After production, the excess felt from the trimming is chopped into small beans and packed inside a polyester bag, then inserted tightly inside the stool cavity. The ring handle is injection moulded and secured by being screwed on to the extended part of the felt stool body. The handle is attached onto the side of the stool by a magnet.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions: Length 500mm x Width 520mm x Height 360mm ; Materials: Recycled PET felt, ABS handle and magnet
Felt, Dimple, Recycled Felt, Storage, Basket, Laundry, Felt Beans, Eco-friendly, Stool
Small living quarters is a common problem for the majority of residents in Hong Kong or any other cities with dense population, so multifunctional design is important considering the space constraints. The design was conceptualised to solve this issue. Different elements from designs of various home products made out of recycled felt were applied to determine the final construction of the stool.
Our challenge was to maintain a simple and easy to use design that is eco-friendly and employs low to medium manufacturing technology.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Norman Tang and Rainy Leung