BA Product Design
A deep-rooted artistic background coupled with a lingering proclivity to design, with significant emphasis on the user, fuels my enthusiasm for design. I endeavour to portray this within my work.
This project involved designing a flexible piece of furniture which aids slow living to improve mental health among those living fast paced lifestyles.
Often overlooked, especially by those accustomed to it, are the bona fide implications of fast living on mental health, specifically, on those subject to urbanisation due to their albeit inadvertent exposure to fast paced living.
Whilst it's important to note that mental health issues are an enduring battle which often can't be cured, I sought to find a temporary solution which assists in the long run. This understanding prompted the exploration of slow living, in particular, mindfulness.
Sati, commonly translated as mindfulness in English, is a Japandi inspired floor chair. Having understood the difficulties of encouraging the practice of mindfulness, namely, meditation, Sati relies on behavioural change to instigate slow living.
Constructed around a rocking motion, Sati allows users to gracefully lean back into a relaxed position, as well as Fluidly lean forward into an upright meditative position, thus providing an effortless motion in and out of slow living.
Conceived beneath the umbrella of flexibility, Jingyi was born to question the perceived understanding of flexible design within a workspace environment, by exploring user-oriented design. The escalation of individuals working from home since the COVID-19 outbreak evoked the ambition to provide young professionals with a product that emphasises the need for balance. Relying on regular physical engagement, to create a bond between user and product, Jingyi encourages connectivity by rethinking flexible design, ensuring balance; the equality of focus and relaxation.
Meaning gentleness, joy and happiness, but, more appropriately, harmony, Jingyi, is a reflection of the Chinese concept Yin and Yang. The Lume table lamp is designed to strike a balance between work and leisure.
The outcome, a simplistic form, emanating minimalism through delicate white porcelain and soft black steel, shaping its intent by providing immersive illumination for working hours, or a subdued ambience for a soothing saturation through the manipulation of material and positioning.