LUFFA’S is a series of interactive furniture made of sustainable materials. The interaction is to encourage people to touch, watch and feel the beauty of those materials and rebuild their connection with nature. It provides an alternative to the products made of expensive and rare materials nowadays.
10 Weeks (March,2013 - May, 2013)
Individual Project (Yedan Qian)
Product Design, Physical Interactive Prototype, Material Exploration
Sketch, Rhino, V-ray, Arduino, Processing, Premiere, Arduino, Premiere
Luffa: beautifully textured
Sustainable materials like luffa, reed and bamboo are abundant in the nature, and featured by their special texture. Luffa's texture is rough, spongy and moldable after moisture and compressed.
Research on Industry
The luffa processing industry in China is developed but rarely has design, which keeps the profit low. Design can bring traditional material imagination and new identity.
People buy products for functions, aesthetics, values, and also emotion. The interaction is to create the emotion and make people recall memories of lying on the grass, smelling the mud and watching light through leaves, which help them rebuild connection with nature
Product Design + Haptic Interaction
Design structure prototype
Cut luffa intro stripes and weave them together
Fix the weaved stripes to the frame
Design the electronics & Arduino and fix them inside