FlexSit Stool by Xiying Bao and Minghao Luo

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
FlexSit

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Stool

INSPIRATION:
The design was inspired by tumbler toys, which is unstable and fun. The concept of "Motion Seating" was also injected into this stool.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
FlexSit, born to be 'unstable', is not only a rocking stool with a range of options included but also a fun and ergonomic seating solution for the home, office and classroom. In consideration of practicability and sitting experience, the design of a spherical bottom was applied to the stool in order to provide a extremely different but interesting way of 'unstable' sitting. Moreover, the method of modularity offers customers the possibility of personal customization. The vibrant color matching also perfectly meets the needs of young generations.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
FlexSit appears simple, but it is packed with useful features. The ergonomic knitted top, the solid wood pillar and the bottom with a counterweight could be easily assembled through the screw threads. The seat can be adjusted in both color and height by changing different pillars and bottoms. People can easily sway and spin without falling off on FlexSit, which actively stretches the lumbar and avoids sedentary symptoms.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in Nov 2017 in Shanghai and finished in Dec 2017.

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The bottom is basically made of PP with a PC layer wrapped outside as well as a metal counterweight core inside. The pillar in the middle is made of solid wood and the PP seat is covered by woven fabric.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
400 mm x 400 mm x 400 mm 400 mm x 400 mm x 500 mm 400 mm x 400 mm x 600 mm

TAGS:
flexible seating, ergonomic, tumbler, stool, motion seating

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Several studies have pointed to the dangerous effects of prolonged sitting. Our bodies were never made to sit hunched over a desk or computer all day. The negative effects on our circulation, respiration and posture show up in the statistics of how many people suffer from diseases and back problems from sitting. This type of flexible seating aims to create a learning and working environment that more truly reflects the nature of the hyperconnected, ever-changing, globalized world that we now live in. It's a environment that inherently requires people to master skills such as flexibility, creativity, problem-solving and collaboration.

CHALLENGE:
The hardest part of the design was engineering mechanics. We need to find the proper ratio and materials to ensure the safety. In order to lower the center of gravity, a counterweight bottom was designed to guarantee the functionality.

ADDED DATE:
2018-11-16 10:50:05

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Xiying Bao and Minghao Luo

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Creator, Xiying Bao, 2017
Image #2: Creator, Xiying Bao, 2017
Image #3: Creator, Xiying Bao, 2017
Image #4: Creator, Xiying Bao, 2017

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to Xiying Bao and Minghao Luo, 2017

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
College of Design and Innovation, Tongji Unibersity

PROFILE:
College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University draws on the latest ideas and models of world design and innovation disciplines and gathers outstanding talents of design practice, design research, design management and design education management from all over the world in order to cultivate innovative and inclusive value orientation, up-and-coming collaborative innovation style, capability of contributing to the society and transparent and aspirant college culture.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Flexsit Stool by Xiying Bao and Minghao Luo is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Flexsit Stool by Xiying Bao and Minghao Luo is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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