Vivian Chen

Industrial Designer
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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




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 

Disconnect. To Stay Connected

Disconnect. • EXPO • ictusBio Bin NikePlus AR Fender Speaker

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