WABO Sustainable Chair by Tong Jin (TJ) Kim

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
WABO

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Sustainable Chair

INSPIRATION:
There are many approaches in sustainable product design, including recycling of plastic water bottles, but most of the recycling process for these are inefficient with complexity of the process and more energy use. So, the design approach for this project is to focus on up-cycling of the plastic water bottle, without going through a complex processing, still make it useful and beautiful.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
"WABO" uses empty plastic water bottles to complete its structural form as a chair. The trapped air inside the bottle provide cushion for the back support and seat. The user can collect and use their own plastic water bottles and attach to the main body. It would take less than 10 minutes to assemble the whole chair.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
WABO is easy to ship and assemble and disassemble for moving with minimum part counts. Since the user can collect their own plastic water bottles, they can customize the unit using different types of bottle. Most of the plastic water bottles in the markets are different shapes but similar sizes.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in April 2015 and finished in November 2015 in West Lafayette, Indiana.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
WABO uses used plastic water bottles and ferrous metal and painted latex based color, which is also biodegradable.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 407 mm x Depth 432 mm x Height 1016 mm

TAGS:
water, bottle, chair, upcycle, recycle

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Primary research was conducted to understand peoples behaviors and perceptions about recycling process and methods. Also, conducted secondary research to find out other types of recycling and up-cycling process and applications.

CHALLENGE:
We found out that most of the people don't really understand the recycling, fabrication process, and its challenges. People are not so aware of the complexity of processing these materials to make into new products, thinking that recycling is an only way they can help keeping our environment sustainable.

ADDED DATE:
2016-04-05 14:00:51

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Tong Jin Kim

IMAGE CREDITS:
Tong Jin Kim

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Purdue University / Industrial Design

PROFILE:
The Industrial Design area at Purdue has about 100 students in the program. They offer both an undergraduate and a graduate program in ID. The undergraduate degree is a professional program with intensive course work to prepare students for professional design positions. Purdue is unique in that it combines the professional degree with strong liberal arts education. This combination of liberal arts and professional design studies prepares students for strong leadership roles as industrial designers.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Wabo Sustainable Chair by Tong Jin (tj) Kim is a Nominee in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Wabo Sustainable Chair by Tong Jin (tj) Kim is Runner-up for A' Design Award in Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design Category, 2015 - 2016.



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