2016 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition
Xiang Liu, Chi Yee Corliss Ng
sLounge is a playful furniture for all. It serves as a center piece in a family, creating fun and intimate moment for kids and parents together. Rethinking the role of a furniture in a home, the problem of scales often comes up. There are multiple users in a home, sLounge questions the difference in scales between users. A standard chair is not a usable chair for young kids. A kids table is hardly a stool for an adult. sLounge is designed in a way that it addresses multiple scales. It can be shared by adults and kids at the same time. It is a piece of furniture which is scalable.
The scalability of the sLounge challenges the conventional pre-functioned furniture. In order to be scalable, the furniture has to be an un-predetermined object. It should be flexible and changeable with user’s imagination. It is a fixed piece yet initiate user’s movement, interactions and creativity. A shoe to fit all. In other words, one will never outgrow the sLounge.
The chair could be at 2 distinctive orientations, standing on the curved surface or the flat surface. Functions are suggestive while open to the users, depending on how the users approach the furniture.
When the chair is on the curved surface, it could be a rocking chair for both adult and kid. Gentle rocking movement could be shared and initiated by both parties. There is independence which each enjoy their own space while playfully connected to each other. Meanwhile, when the chair is laying on one of its flat surfaces, it is could be a lounge chair for the adult, could be a fun landscape for kids to climb and play with, could be both.
The natural wooden finish gives a unified, non-hierarchy surface, while the green felt provide a warm and soft finish suggesting users to occupy in different ways. The lightweight material allows kids and adults to flip the furniture and orient it in multiple ways. Felt turns and wrap around corners, providing soft corners.
sLounge is named which s will a smaller letter stands for smaller person, (i.e. kids) and L as big letter stands for bigger person (i.e. adults). Lounge is used because it means to let users relex yet it did not imply any specific functionality to the object. sLounge may have potential for more functions in one in the future development.