Jamie SimmondsIndustrial Design & Technology BA
Compact Living Furniture
The project focused on student living space at Brunel University with an average halls room being 12.375m2. Scalability to other small spaces in the future was considered throughout. Due to the necessity that student space adapts to the user's many needs this provided the perfect testing ground for the development of an adaptable furniture system and an effective layout. The solution provides students with 50% more usable floor space than a current room (3m2 to 4.46m2) and over 100% more storage (2.11m3 to 4.47m3) addressing the main needs of users. Interesting features include a pullout bed, light wall and fold-out sofa that give the room working, social and relaxing settings; needs defined from primary research. The simplicity and adaptability of the space is distinguished by the simple drop hook furniture racking system. This system was developed to enable furniture to be removed and replaced easily allowing it to flex to different sizes of rooms should it be required. Light, crisp base colours combined with organic textures and feature accents make the space a warm, inviting and interesting home. Flexibility and personalisation is encouraged with any combination of finishes possible due to the veneered materials used in construction.