The goal for this project was to redesign the role of furniture in hotel rooms to respond to the changing needs of the modern traveler. Ultimately we produced a solution that could be manufactured at a cost of less than $600/unit per 1000 units, and created a functional prototype, while working through the entrepreneurial design process. The result was purchased by Marriott for further development and implementation.
The final design places the guest in the middle of a dynamic work space, encouraging a turn of the body away from the discouraging feeling of directly facing a wall. The open, cantilevered surfaces create an engaging visual alternative to a solid wall. The visual ease eradicates the issue of leaving small items in drawers or concealed areas in hotel rooms, and makes cleaning all surfaces easier. The smaller shelves replace a dresser and luggage rack, allowing the series to consume an entire wall, while still providing the guest with ample space to unload their possessions. Each piece contains led strips embedded beneath it, to cast a welcoming glow which the guest can alter to suit any mood. The entire collection of surfaces is modular and modifiable, ships flat, and is built into a false wall to diminish structural damage and cost of replacement.
(Group project with Juhae Lee, Gladys Ndagire, Courtney Brown, and Kristen Harada)