Work in Progress……. By: Susette A.C.

Surprise!Comfort4U has changed it’s design! During the “Imagine” stage of The Maker Space Process, what Comfort4U had in mind of creating was a chair from scratch. All of our deliverables, brainstorming ideas and energy has been centered around how to create a chair from scratch. Little did we know our final design proposal would change in a matter of days.

As described in the blog, the 3D model shows the belt, cushion and elastic features we plan on incorporating to a school chair.
As described in the blog, the 3D model shows the belt, cushion and elastic features we plan on incorporating to a school chair.

We originally intended to create a chair where comfort was our absolute main priority. My team and I wanted to incorporate a netting system that would suspend from the rim of the seat and it would have the ability to be tightened or loosened according to the customer’s preference. Our original chair would also have thick cushion for the seat and back areas to fully incorporate our comfort feature. Our customer’s also complained a lot about lack of sufficient support in the neck so we added a neck support as well.

BUT,

Comfort4U has met and we have decided that creating a chair from complete scratch is unrealistic for the timeline we have and we are gearing more towards a seat cover design. In this innovated design, we are still including a feature for student’s feet, but we are not including the pedal system. Instead of pedals we are going to use an elastic band that students can use to add mobility to our chair cover. Also, we are using our cushion idea on our seat cover and they will be secured with belts. We are also planning on adding a yoga mat to add extra “comfy-ness” and it’s also going to help us integrate the elastic feet part to our design. Although our design has been modified, just like our presentation says “comfort is the new black……except in school chairs,” comfort is still the main priority .

So….. what’s next for Comfort4U?

We have yet to receive any materials so we currently don’t have anything to begin creating a prototype to then test. In the meantime our 3D model seems to be in a satisfactory stage so we plan on printing it with the 3D printer to secure that we have a tangible, visible design of our chair cover. After we receive our materials we will quickly begin creating a prototype so we can then test it with students, office workers and teachers who are our target audience. Although a lot of thought and research went into our first design we are happy with our new design and we hope that our chair cover is a success!

On a final note I found this quote that I completely love and agree with:

“Design is a mix of craft, science, storytelling, , and philosophy.”— Erik Adigard

An image taken by Claudia Vargas, of Miss Daisy Horr working diligently on Comfort4U's presentation. (She is probably one of the most artistically inclined person I have met, her aesthetic visions are brilliant!)
An image taken by Claudia Vargas, of Miss Daisy Horr working diligently on Comfort4U’s presentation. (She is probably one of the most artistically inclined people I have met, her aesthetic visions are brilliant!)
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