Global Future Design Awards 2019
Category: Product Design
Designer: Insu Kim
Country: United States
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INSPIRATION: The world population is projected to continuously grow, and a current trend of shared housing, and micro-apartment seek for new furniture that adapts efficiencies adapting those conditions. Responding to the small living spaces, Turning Chair has two-in-one feature that can be transformed into a lounge chair and a bar stool. It saves a lot of space by reducing a number of seating needs into one.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: There has been a fixed idea of what a chair can be, typically a stationary chair featuring only one function. Turning Chair serves a duality that can be converted to either a lounge chair or a bar stool. Both positions are ergonomically dimensioned with ideal heights, widths and angles that not only offers a comfort but also a stackability. Its convertible feature minimizes a number of seating needs, and draws people to customize their lifestyle with greater flexibilities. This two-in-one chair switches its role the way the users want it to be, simply by turning it.
OPERATION: This two-in-one chair switches its role the way the users want it to be, simply by turning it. For space saving in a micro-housing, it can be convertibly used either in a livingroom or kitchen/bar areas. For eventful spaces, two positions can be arranged by having the lounge configuration, which has lower seating height (372 mm), in front while having the bar configuration, which has higher seating height (713 mm), in the back in order to invite multiple viewers without obstructed view towards proscenium.
FABRICATION: It is fabricated in two bent metal tubes intersected and welded together as a main structure, then one laser cut metal sheet is bent and welded sinuously along the structure as a seating surface and back support. Lastly plastic feet are added to cap the tubes.
Lounge Chair: 730 mm X 482 mm X 643 mm (372 mm seat height)
Bar Stool: 640 mm X 482 mm X 713 mm (713 mm seat height)