Vivian Chen


Industrial Designer
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Disconnect.





2021

In a world where we are surrounded by objects that are mass produced and easily accessible, we are losing our connections with things that we use.

Disconnect. is a chair that helps us to escape mediocrities and bring in connection by showing the obvious disconnection. While sitting in the what feels like a floating chair, we are re-examining our human connection with industrialized objects, with a little magic and joy.

Furniture design


Rethink our connections




Background
















Inspiration



Design




Exploded View



Ortho and Dimensions




Design Details



Molded plastic seat covers the metal construction
The disconnecton myth is revealed only when looking from behind



Rubber Feet


A Statement


Disconnect. is not just a chair, it is also a statement in itself.

With an iconic silhouette, the playful, exaggerated, and unsettling character of Disconnect. is shown.


*Side table: Meta Side Table, designed by New Tendency






Design Process




Early testing of proportions with small mock-ups


Exploration in VR


Using VR to quickly generate forms and view in full scale


Selected 3D models


With the chosen model, I was able to move on to modeling in SolidWorks with relatively close to reality dimensions and reference




2 Design Directions


I decided to proceed with the hidden direction for a more seamless and soft aesthetics



Physical Model Development


  • Full scale models
  • Back angel adjustments and testing
  • 1/7th 3D printed mock-ups



Changed dimensions after making the full scale model


Structural Strength Test with Full Scale model in Steel


I decided to learn metal work and fabricate the model by myself


Yes, It Works




Minor Proportion 
Adjustments











Disconnect. To Stay Connected




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