Project Name: Yu
Primary Function: Folding Stool
Inspiration: The starting point of this project is design a beautiful
folding stool. Which means the stool is no longer put in the corner or
storeroom after being used, it can be a decorative item displayed at the
room. To achieve this goal, we need to find a shape to keep it beautiful
before and after folding. After referring from Chinese culture, we find
fish can fit this requirement which is symbolized lucky and wealth in tradition.
We hope to give it a good meaning hanging on the wall.
Yu is a design project to tap Chinese culture. In Chinese Yu is the meaning
of fish, which is the appearance of this stool when it unfolds. So Yu is
not only a stool for sitting but also a decoration hanging on the wall.
And it can be folded for storage and carrying easily. The stool surface
is made of solid wood inlaid with a hand-painted porcelain chip, which
endue with cultural characteristics.
Yu is the shape of a fish when fully open, its surface is designed as
the head and legs are designed as the tail. Its decorative surface can
be displayed when placed flat hanging on the wall. Also it can be folded
simply for carrying and packing. Yu is not only a stool saving storage
space and has a positive decorative effect to living environment.
Stool surface is made of solid wood, using machine processing combined
with mortise -tenon joint connection technology. The decorative chip inlaid
in the middle of the stool is made of porcelain with hand-painted design.
The legs of Yu have solid wood mortise -tenon structure and fixed with
Rosewood, porcelain chip, metal screws
In the design work of this project, we studied a large number of solid
wood processing technology, summarized the storage structure of various
types of folded furniture, analyzed people usage habits, and conducted
in-depth thinking on Chinese traditional culture.
It is the most difficult part of the whole project to distill the fish
characteristic and keep the rational use of the folded structure of a stool.
We need to ensure that our products are designed according to the product
features set by the users, combined with the fish element design. Design
work often take this one point at the expense of another point, want it
to have the most simplified folding, stable force structure, beautiful
unique shape and a perfect story to convey.