Project DescriptionFROM STEPHANIE WOOD:
Built on the shoulders ancient origami, Erganomi embodies the simple and quiet form of origami while also encompassing the complexity of ergonomics within its function. Most importantly, Erganomi is made from modern day, inexpensive and recyclable materials, making it a truly universal design that is accessible to all.
Design considerations for this project began with research of methods in origami. In order to understand the potential of cardboard (paper) in terms of strength and shapes, folding became the main mode of exploration. Different shapes, angles and methods were tested in order to narrow down the best possible forms for modular seating design.
The exploration of origami led to the selection of a triangular prism module. Triangular geometry and 60° angles were essential for the functional modularity of the piece. Further modifications and manipulations were needed in order to create the desired characteristics for seating.
Once a successful modified module was achieved, it became the grounds for further ergonomic exploration. Additional fine-tuning and subtle manipulations for extra strength reinforcement, aesthetic appeal and comfort resulted in the final ergonomic module.
Modules were then assembled and stacked together in a variety of configurations to explore possibilities. A single 4’-0” x 8’-0” piece of cardboard yields 3 of the 18” size modules; enough to build an entire stool. If a laser cutter is not available for use, this design can be traced and cut easily with an Exacto knife or box cutter. Either via laser cutter or manually, the pattern is then burnished by hand to create the fold lines necessary to build each module.
The final assembly allows for multiple functions in a variety of scales to suit unique needs for each user. The primary function is ergonomic seating. Secondary function is as a side table, when paired with a top. Flipped upside down, it becomes temporary storage. The three functions serve everyday needs while still maintaining a simple and sculptural appearance.
Careful attention was given to the accessibility, ease of use, and efficiency of materiality in order to create a design that can be easily reproduced by others as well as economically viable and with as little waste as possible.
Additional experimentation on methods to eliminate the need for glue could potentially create a design that is easily put together as well as taken apart. This would allow Erganomi to be transported to and from offices, homes, schools, etc., easily resulting in a seat that can be used anywhere by anyone.