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Enjoying Time Together: Cafe Set

 
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  • Promote Relationships

  • Helps Slow-down/Relax

  • Rest
  • Supports Community
  • Enjoyment
  • Comfort
  • Being Outside
  • Happiness

Opportunity:

Thonet18
Sad Bistro

The cafe set was about taking a moment to sit outside and enjoy each other company. You want the cafe set to inviting, comfortable, and not distracting. 

The typical cafe chair has morphed into a shape that benefits manufacturing but hurts our relationships. It is time for an update that supports us spending time together.

Question: Can a cafe chair and table improve our relationships?

 

Wonderful moments blossom because of having an excuse to sit and have something to drink. Tables small enough that you don’t commit to anything too serious. Enough of a barrier between you an another person that you can feel safe. It allows you to turn in and talk quietly and privately, or turn out and speak boisterously. Intimate enough for 2, and room enough for a cozy 4… but no more. This keeps conversations manageable and pleasant. I love the cafe setting.

Why?

 

Research:

Many cups of coffee, lots of conversations, and prolonged time spent outside chatting with people all in the name of research to discover what makes a good and bad cafe chair and table.

What Makes a Good cafe chair?

  • Easy in/out
  • Light to move around
  • Weather Resistant
  • Aesthetically Pleasing
  • Comfortable seat
  • Supportive back
  • Leg comfort
  • Different ways to Sit

What Makes a Bad cafe chair?

  • Hard to get out (arms)
  • Easily Damaged
  • Can’t get wet
  • Ugly
  • Uncomfortable Seat
  • Sharp edge on legs
  • Too big
  • Heavy

The best experience was  the no.18 Thonet chair originally designed in the 1870’s. 

Loose Initial Sketches:

Models: Scale, Full Size, and Virtual Reality

Full scale model and ergonomic study

Full scale model and ergonomic study

Couple of second round options I was exploring

Couple of second round options I was exploring

Initial 1/4 scale models

Initial 1/4 scale models

Jumping off point models that I brought into virtual space to start iterating and playing.

Jumping off point models that I brought into virtual space to start iterating and playing.

6 differnt versions of the table in a virtual enviorment for context

6 differnt versions of the table in a virtual enviorment for context

Final:

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FrameCafe
Cork for Cafe
baked Cork Oven
 
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