Category: Industrial design, DFM, heavy prototyping + CAD revision
Time: 2021 Fall, 14 + 6 weeks
Role: Industrial designer
The pandemic forced people to work from home on the dining room table using dining chairs. However, dining chairs are not task chairs.
The goal is to design a sustainable dining chair that looks good, comfortable to seat and cost effective for mass production
The chamfer-edged surface of the shells is inspired by the sculpted surface of racing bike frame. The contrast between angular and organic element gives a well-defined welcoming feeling, looking rugged and durable.
The supporting frame is made of 3/4 & 1/2 inch square tubes and rods. Simple, reliable and durable, putting the cork shells to the 1st read. Also, it brings the price down.
The J bar allows certain flexibility for human micro movement while seating
Working with cork presents unique challenges due to its less solid nature compared to wood or plastic. Consequently, I had to devise solutions that could effectively secure all the components while allowing the cork shell to support substantial weight without excessive bulkiness.
Stack ability Test
It was my first-time to design a stackable chair. It was a 1.5-month process that required lots of learning, patience and adjusting subtle things back and forth in both CAD and real life.
The initial chair design had a sled-based structure, but it turned out to be too costly for production. Following discussions with industry experts, I opted to simplify the design, making it more practical for mass production.
In front of a desk