Solar Thermal Care provides emergency heating solutions for refugees living in temporary camps constructed in deserted climate regions. Solar Thermal Care consists of a PIR insulated water tank, a pump, connective copper tubes, one small PV panel, a blue Styrofoam insulator and multifunctional modular insulation cushions. The pump is connected to a mini solar PV panel and the pump lifts the water to the solar collector automatically. Polyisocyanurate (PIR) is an ef cient insulation material used in constructions and consist of two sandwiched aluminium foils, so the material reflects heat of the warm water to the water tank to prevent the heat loss. PIR insulated water tank placed in between second insulation form; Styrofoam insulation material covers the whole water tank. Furthermore, third insulation; multifunctional modular insulation cushions cover the Styrofoam insulated tank. These are called multifunctional because user can combine the cushions to form a mattress to sleep or a couch to sit.
Modular cushions tied to Styrofoam insulated tank with thermal blanket. Thermal blanket consists of mylar blanket and cotton. Hence, in the system when cushions are tied with thermal blankets, heat gets reflected to the water. This system is designed for saving human lives.
Perinatal mental illness affects up to 20% of women in the UK. Perinatal mental health problems are defined as mental illnesses that occur during pregnancy or the first year following childbirth. Unfortunately, around 40% of women across England are left without any access to specialist perinatal mental health services at all. Nova is a mobile application designed to monitor maternal mental health throughout the perinatal period. In addition to assessing mental health through the use of medical questionnaires, the mobile application allows women to connect with other mothers in her local area, therefore providing her with a physical support system in addition to the support and guidance provided digitally by the app. With the inclusion of a diary, photo album and appointment log, Nova becomes much more than a way to assess mental health and is a reliable and useful companion throughout the perinatal period.
The growing trend of freelancers, self- employed and flexible job arrangements drives the demand for furniture to work from home, especially by young professionals and students living in big cities. This project explores how we can update current furniture to t the needs of these users, taking into account the need for multifunctionality and space saving solutions within the context of the home of ce.
Through the use of a pivot mechanism, this furniture unit is modular and can transform itself using different add-on pieces, making it multifunctional and customizable. The interchangeable rotational mechanism allows the attachment of different accessories underneath a table top, which can rotate up to 180 degrees.
The detail cut specially made for cable management allows users to organise their desk in their own way, together with the option of having a separate storage unit. The flat pack design, modularisation of components and recyclable materials means that less resources are used and contributes towards a circular economy.
Magic BOO is a portable compact pushchair. The pushchair is designed for 6 months to 3 years old children and for the urban lifestyle families.
This project focuses on the entire process and requirements from the user start to unfold the pushchair to fold it when they nish to us it.
Main aim of this pushchair is to achieve that folding and unfolding a frame with as much easier and quick as possible. In order to solve the folding issue that existing products have, the pushchair has a simple frame structure which not only provide a good suspension but also reduce the weight. The simple frame structure also makes the pushchair compact fold and easy to t in to the car boot. Furthermore, the design minimize the parts to make the pushchair affordable and sustainable.
The pushchair as a product which grwos with the child should also be environment-friendly to bene ts the next generation.
Grow’ in Porto A growing desk for children
The first years of a child’s life are crucial. Kids must practise different skills and explore their imagination. “Giving kids a table of their own is great for creating focus.” (Patel, 2017). To handle every task effectively the desk needs to have “smart organisation.” (Harkell, 2017)
Grow’in Porto, made out of birch plywood, was designed for the home environment, to grow with a child during the primary school period and to help them improve their new abilities and learning experience. To adjust the height, the user must remove four screws, lift the tabletop and push one lateral to gain more space. Then, place the tabletop in the above gap, close in the lateral panels and add the screws. At the tabletop, kids have easily accessible storage with the shapes and colours of the houses of Ribeira (one of the most iconic places from Porto, researcher’s hometown), to promote organization and responsibility.
Behind the project there was an intimate connection between the unique city where the designer grew up and the “birth” of a “growing” desk for any growing up child. Because children deserved it and meaningful places deserved it too!
Inspired by the traditional Japanese theme of ‘simplicity’, the pieces celebrate craftsmanship and elegance which contribute to the harmony of the space they go into. I wanted the furniture to avoid being too ‘noisy’; of drawing attention to the fussiness of its construction. Lightness communicates to the receptivity of the Japanese to ensure the furniture does not add an obtrusive noise to the environment in which it is placed. The Lightness of the furniture was designed to contribute to the harmony and tranquillity of the interior of the café interior rather than making its own personal statement. The furniture celebrates the natural beauty of Ash and Walnut details with gentle proportion, solid materiality and softened with gentle curves and textures.
Ash enhances the lightness while adding elements of warmth and emotion. The round table and stools create an intimacy where couples can sit close and friendship groups can socialise together.
The furniture invites the customers to explore its tactile qualities and discover its details and textures which pay homage to Nottingham’s lace industry. The table rim frames the individual platters, to create a serenity of subtle forms, shapes and textures.
Storyteller is a board game designed for children aged 6 to 9 years old improving the ability of emotional intelligence, specially, recognising and expressing emotions.
The rules of playing games could be multiplayer mode or single player mode. During the process of playing the game, for children, firstly, the ability of recognising and expressing emotions could be developed. Secondly, it is able to enhance language development skill. Last but not least, the creativity could be encouraged. For parents, this game is able to create connections and unique moments between parents and children. Meanwhile, it helps parents to understand children’s feeling.
Bhumika P. Kantharia
An initial idea to release physical stress and encourage to have a healthy and soothing environment leading to have a change in positive emotion as well as help destress mental stress.
A beautifully made urban Slouch chair, simple yet elegant design is perfect for any classic or contemporary decor. With a sturdy metal base intersecting through the seating frame made from layer-glued bent birch ply maintaining the curvature for the perfect slouch position which can be adjusted at different angles according to the user’s comfort through the
metal fittings. The padded seat upholstered with a layer of cushion foam topped with memory foam giving a sink in feeling,
Finished with pastel petal velvet high quality cotton-like velvet fabric. The lush seating is perfect of relaxing the body after a stressful day.
Pet animals like indoor cats are now becoming more and more involved in both daily and social life of human beings. In return, human are also getting more caring for these animals like never before. The popularity of indoor cats has developed their relationship with their owners into a complex conundrum regarding the nature of the human-animal relationship. Despite there is now increasingly demand for double-duty furniture for indoor cats and their owners, an overwhelming majority of such furniture in the market is never up to design level.
Meownimal is a kind of tea table by Muji as it is not a piece of furniture for the customers, but a place of entertainment for the cats. It offers more chances for the companionship and interaction between cats and their owners.
The Justerbar is an adjustable entryway storage furniture for the young urban generation with two modes. When the space available for use becomes larger and the storage demand increases, the Justerbar can be transformed into a second mode. In addition to the three pillar racks, the other accessories need to be purchased separately and installed by the user. These accessories are easy to assemble with no hardware and do not need any tools.
When the space available for use be- comes smaller, the user no longer needs the second mode. All accessories can be recycled by the manufacturer or the merchant to reduce waste.
The Justerbar is going to solve the liv- ing problem for the young urban generation and give more options for them to create their own storage space with different accessories.
Parametric design method and practice
In order to verify the feasibility of the product parametric design method, two different-the sport shoe project and the racing FPV exercise machine project-constructed according to the product parametric design method is described in detail. In sport shoe project, the produce parametric design method is more focused on the feasibility of designing complex topological products under complex conditions. In the racing FPV exercise machine project, the possibility of applying parametric design in circuit design and program development is mainly measured.
MOMO: A conceptual approach towards making your wardrobe a personal stylist by application of smart mirror”. This project is one classic blend of a tangible and intangible feeling. Where tangible part belongs to the wardrobe and its integrated smart mirror which acts as a personal stylist for the female users whereas the intangible features are the effects that the journey of experiencing this system leaves on female users, psychologically. This system aims to achieve an enhancing Human-Machine interaction and focuses on personalisation in design in context to inner layout and aesthetics of the ward- robe. The innovation of this project is in the circulation of the user while accessing their wardrobe and mirror while deciding their outfit for any occasion where the interfaces of integrated smart mirror connected via RFID system that works on raspberry Pi 3 B+, guides the user with different outfit options out of the items that are present inside their wardrobe based on criteria like occasion, weather and mood of the user to the most convenient fashion style possible.
This project is a combination of ‘furniture design’ and ‘user-experience design’, where wardrobe design belongs to the former and smart mirror interfaces to the latter. The end result of this system aiWms to achieve a joyous experience for the user which makes them con dent and content about ‘The-Self’.
Living Room Workspace Furniture Design
Based on the freedom of function within the living room, the Island sofa range focuses on a casual work platform within the sofa area. These space-saving islands are made to t in most of the spare spaces within an apartment and are big enough to fill a room space without feeling crowded or cluttered.
By encouraging people to arrange the living room to what suits them best, the sofa is existing as a group of islands. By combining the islands with a table or a wall, carefully selected arrangements will decorate the living room with an impression of the host.
Similar to the soil on islands, textiles have high flexibility on both colours and different forms of usage. The connected cushions will enhance the seat with a texture of mild softness, whilst allowing the user to personalise the experience and enjoy the product to its fullest.
This product is a tent-like storage unit for children. It could be used in the corner of room. Users open the tent and children can sit inside and play. Also, parents can sit inside and read stories for their children. After the user nished using, the cover can be shut directly, and all children’s items will be brought into the tent.
Also, the tent has a hole that can be opened and closed. It can be used as a shooting game, and encouraging children to tidy by themselves, or as an entrance to a tent. This product creates a play area for children. It helps users to place the children`s items more appropriately, while reducing cases of furniture tipping accidents from happening.