Dimension Sofa bed by Wai Ho Cheung

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Dimension

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Sofa bed

INSPIRATION:
According to a report from the United Nations, 54% of the world’s overall population is urban population in 2014 and it would increase to 66% in 2050. In other words, as urban population increases across the world, residences in cities will keep shrinking in order to fulfill the demand. Meanwhile, social interactions become essential activities in human life in crowded settlements. Therefore, furniture is highly responsible to improve the efficiency in space-usage and hence the quality of social interactions in small properties.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This is a small size sofa bed operates with 2-way extension system and it is able to split up into half and use individually. Users are not necessarily to open the whole sofa bed which wastes a lot of space and it can provide extra seats for up to 6 people. If the guests want to stay overnight, it can improve the privacy by providing twin beds opportunity. It also offers pillows and bed rails which most of the current sofa beds cannot offer. Moreover, due to the base is foldable and the mattresses can be taken out which make the Dimension better at transportation.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This is a piece of multi-functional furniture to improve the space-usage in small properties in order to improve the quality of social interaction in small living space. Dimension extends with unique mechanism by turning one side up and sliding another side out, which allows the 2 seater sofa to split into 2 single chairs or to transform into a 3 seater sofa, a corner sofa and benches or to provide twin beds opportunity. There are small wheels underneath the frame covering the turning system which are helpful for the transformation.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in September 2014 in Coventry, U.K. and finished in May 2015, and was exhibited in Coventry University ID Degree Show 2015.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Dimension operates with 2-way extension system made of aluminium alloy. The system consists of 2 types of mechanism: one end is the turning mechanism and the other end is 3-step slide rails. There are small wheels underneath the frame covering the turning system which are helpful for the transformation. Besides, Dimension is formed with a pair of single sofa bed, which means it is able to split up into half and use individually.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Single Chair: Width860mm x Depth790mm x Height850mm 2-seater Sofa: Width1690mm x Depth790mm x Height850mm 3-seater Sofa: Width2355mm x Depth790mm x Height850mm Bench/ Single Bed: Width1900mm x Depth785mm x Height460mm

TAGS:
multi-functional, sofa bed, new concept, small, urban living, dining chair, bench, sofa

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
There are usually more opportunities and higher quality of life in mega-cities, hence the urban population will not cease from growing. As social interactions are essential activities in human life, the research identifies through literature reviews and sampling from property agencies that the main users are relatively young who would be students or fresh workers with low income level; the target types of residence are studios and 1-bedroom flats. By interviews and online surveying, I find out that many people are willing to gather at home if the living space is used efficiently.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge of the project was only one thing: how to make it more space-efficient than usual sofa bed. The key point was on the mechanism so I needed to figure out what kind of current mechanism could be referenced. I built up 1:5 scaled sketch models and I found out the difficulty to extend the single sofa from both sides to the size of bed and there was weak bonding through the length of bed. With the assistance of CAD models, I overcame the stretching problem with a combination of 2 types of mechanism, which was also helpful on reducing size.

ADDED DATE:
2016-09-14 17:10:00

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Wai Ho Cheung

IMAGE CREDITS:
Video Credits: Animator Evelyn Ivanova, Dimension, 2016.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Wai Ho Cheung

PROFILE:
A versatile Industrial Product Designer, who is highly committed to developing a career in product design, especially furniture design. This designer has proven creativity and design skills from academic study, work experience and participation in an international exhibition.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Dimension Sofa Bed by Wai Ho Cheung is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Dimension Sofa Bed by Wai Ho Cheung is Runner-up for A' Design Award in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2016 - 2017.

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