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Zade

- Balcony chair-

OVERVIEW

A balcony chair designed for people with limited balcony space so they don't have to compromise on their living amenities. 

PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION

Duration

2 weeks

Role

User Research, Concept generation, 3d Modelling, Rendering, Prototyping

Type

Academic

Lack of available space leads to people living in studio apartments or smaller accommodations which increases the need for more modular or compact furniture. In this space, the balconies are rarely utilized as per their intended usage, which is for relaxation. Having a recliner chair or rocking chair is not convenient in such a situation as there isn't much space for these furniture pieces. 

PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION

Lack of available space leads to people living in studio apartments or smaller accommodations which increases the need for more modular or compact furniture. In this space, the balconies are rarely utilized as per their intended usage, which is for relaxation. Having a recliner chair or rocking chair is not convenient in such a situation as there isn't much space for these furniture pieces. 

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THINGS TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION

Purpose

  • To have tea/coffee

  • To read a book

  • To have time to yourself to think

  • Small naps

Problems

  • Privacy (if in apartments)

  • Not enough space because of-

    • Clothes-

    • Plants-

    • Miscellaneous items

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Residents mainly in apartments who have limited balcony space. Usually in metropolitan cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, etc. 

  • People who wish to have a leisure space in their home.

MARKET RESEARCH

Looking at the balcony space, I found that most of the designs offered were focused on allowing the user to sit back and relax. The material used is such that it does not deteriorate from outdoor conditions.

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MOODBOARD & INSPIRATION

A mood board and inspiration board were created based on how I want my design to be. 

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USER RESEARCH

With my user research I was able to understand the balcony space better -how it is used by the consumers. With my research, I found that most Indian households use balconies for drying clothes, for storage of items and decoration is done with plants. 
All in all, the space for relaxation is limited. 

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CONCEPT GENERATION

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FINAL CONCEPT

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PROTOTYPING

I created a 1:5 scale prototype by 3D printing the structure, then layering it with putty to give it the  a smooth finish. This was finished off by painting with enamel paints to give it the wooden effect as shown. 

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