2024
Casper Bosinius
Product Design Engineering BSc
Interaction
Strung
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Project Description

STRUNG tackles significant challenges faced by young adults in the UK's urban private renting sector, specifically the frequent moves which discourage investment in quality furnishings and lead to buy-to-waste consumption patterns. The design of STRUNG is innovative, operating entirely without fixtures and held together by tension. This allows for easy assembly and disassembly, with panels that fold compactly enough to fit into the boot of an Uber, facilitating easy and cost-effective transport. The use of PET felt for the seat bases— a lightweight material made from recycled water bottles—enhances the product's sustainability and reduces its weight, making it even more portable. Available in three sizes—single, double, and triple seater—STRUNG allows users to adjust the sofa's size by swapping out just one component, further supported by multiple colour options which allow for personalisation. The benefits of STRUNG are multifaceted. It enhances sustainability by increasing the furniture's longevity and adaptability, thereby reducing the need for frequent replacements and minimizing waste. The design also supports emotional well-being by enabling personalization and continuity, as renters can take their customized furniture from one home to another. Economically, STRUNG reduces both the initial cost of the sofa and the overall expenses associated with moving and buying new furniture, offering significant savings for renters. Overall, STRUNG not only provides a practical solution to widespread issues but also promotes environmental sustainability and improves the quality of life for urban renters, embodying a holistic approach to addressing modern living challenges.