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Title: A Nomadic Furniture Design for College Students
Author(s): Lin, Jingwei
Advisor(s): Bullock, William
Department / Program: Art & Design
Discipline: Art and Design
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.F.A.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): dormitory clothes storage nomadic furniture eco-friendly materials flexible storage
Abstract: The moving experience is a nightmare for most college students, who tend to move more than other groups of people. Heavy, large bulky furniture, clothes and many other items take a lot of time and energy to move. Moving typically involves removing items from the chest-of-drawers and closet, packing items in boxes, suitcases, bags and other containers and loading them in a vehicle and transporting them to a new location where the process is repeated. This is chaotic and time consuming. Another issue is that due to the limited storage space available in the typical dormitory or apartment a way to create more efficient clothes storage is needed. Eco-friendly materials should also be emphasized to build the product that be durable and last long. In this thesis design a new Nomadic Furniture Design for College Students is created that addresses five major design issues: functionality (i.e. storage convenience, etc.), enhanced form quality (aesthetics), flexibility, simplicity and durability (eco-aspect) to promote long-term use. Existing dormitory furniture does not adequately address college students’ needs for clothes storage and moving frequency. This thesis explores design alternatives and makes suggestions for improvement.
Issue Date: 2011-01-21
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Jingwei Lin
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-01-21
Date Deposited: 2010-12

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