The new arctic collection

Nomitated for "Prize for Form and Expression", by Bonytt 2016

 

Re-design of an electric lift chair.

This project was a collaboration with Hepro AS and their lift chair Arctic was our starting point. The chair is intended for people with difficulties getting in and out of regular armchairs. The New Arctic chair is holding all the same functions as the original, but with an updated holistic aesthetics and more intuitive usage.

The chair is designed at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design together with Line Marie Moen Syversen / Spring 2016

 

 

 

 
 

Design details

The New Arctic is a modern lift chair. It's intuitive to use, with an expression that is inviting and elegant from every angle and embodies a feminine softness.

 
 

 

Background

This project was a collaboration with Hepro AS and their electronic lift chair Arctic was our starting point. The chair is intended for people with difficulties getting in and out of regular armchairs.

 
 

User insights

We gained insights from elderly users and other relevant people several times through the project. We started by asking them how they felt about the transition to start using an aid, like a lift chair. The next step was to visit users in their homes, observing them when using similar lift chairs. Here are a few important quotes from users.

 
 

Key findings

  • The aesthetics of the whole chair gives a very technical expression that reinforces the feeling that it is an aid.
  • The remote controls location and design works badly. Users try different buttons without looking or even lifting it up from the holder on the side.
  • The handle on the armrest is important for stopping the movement when lifting and to hold on to when sitting down.
  • Some chairs are "lent out" to elderly from the government and need practical and durable materials. But the chair is also sold on the private market and here is much more room for variations in colours and materials.

Our redefined brief became: To design a lift chair for the elderly with intuitive functions, that is perceived as a regular armchair and not an aid.

 
 

Process

The first photo shows a small part of our sketch and concept fase. We pinned up every step on a big wall to simplify communication between us. Under that you see two of the moodboards that we did for our four directions. We have been working in parallel with fast physical prototypes and more detailed work in Rhino through the whole process.

 
 
 

 

Technical solutions

The chair has a lot of components that had to be taken into consideration in the design. The handle is used for getting in and out of the chair and needs to feel secure. They are each connected with 4 screws into a wooden frame inside the armrest.

 
 

 

Material & collections

We have made a collection with bright and fresh colours, together with some more traditional colours. For every textile we have chosen a colour for the handle and a textile for the buttons that together creates a good dynamic.

Hepro AS are providing chairs for two different arenas; that are paid for by the government (NAV) and for the private market. They have very different requirements and therefor we made two different collections as you can see on the last page.