Objective: To design and construct a seating device for a specific user to perform a specific task using only plywood.
My goal was to create a chair that was functional and beautiful to fit the needs and wants of my user.
My research included interviewing my user to better understand her wants and needs. My user wanted to use the chair for painting, so I spent time observing where she currently paints to understand the supplies she uses and the position she usually sits.
To meet the needs of my user, the chair needed to have storage, include a place for a water cup, and have a wide surface for changing positions. Through several rounds of ideation, I explored variations of chairs that included these functions.
In order to test and to better visualize and understand each concept from my ideation, I created small scale prototypes.
Initial Full Scale Prototype
The first full scale prototype that I built included shelves for storage underneath the seat that also provided extra stability. The hexagon-shaped seat allowed the user to have a large surface area to put supplies while painting.
After receiving feedback on the initial prototype, I did more ideation to make the form more sleek and visually interesting from any angle. The final design has storage under the seat and a cup holder that hides under the seat. The back of the chair was simplified to better serve its intended purpose. The back gives some support, because the user did not need full support to complete her tasks. The final chair is simple and functional, designed to give the user a place to paint.
The final design has the hexagon-shape of the seat repeated throughout each angle that you view the chair.