Profil

A side table to use over armchairs, beds and sofas, initially for elderly.

Profil is a table that combines modern aesthetics and user friendly functionality. The table fits over most leaning chair, sofas and beds and can be used for many things, like eating, reading or working. The table is easy to adjust, so it can function in many different settings. The table top is made of solid ash wood and the legs are in powder coated steel. The strong blue colour is a statement for a new way of designing for and understanding elderly people.

The table was designed at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design together with Line Marie Moen Syversen / Fall 2015

 

 

 

 
 

 

Background

This project is made at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and the assignment was to design a product primarily for elderly users. We started the project by talking to seniors at a senior café to help us choose a meaningful product area. Based on those conversations, we decided to make a side table. One important insight is that many products designed for elderly are functioning well, but the seniors wait the longest to use or buy them, because they hate how they make them feel.

We made a brief: To design an adjustable side table for different tasks, without stigmatising aesthetics.

Side tables are used by many seniors, but after new interviews with users we understood that the use is wider than we thought at first. See the most important areas underneath.

 
 

 

Testing out existing tables

We were also testing existing tables, to understand what we wanted to improve. Here are some of the problems.

 
 

 

Process

We used sketching, 1:1 prototyping, 3D printing and fast renderings parallel throughout the design process