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LEL Wall System

Year: 2014

Client: BoConcept

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Lel was a project done in collaboration with Sie Gal.

The concept for this project was to create a furniture accessory that bridges the gap between the wall and soft horizontal surfaces such as the sofa. The client in this scenario was BoConcept, a global modern Scandinavian furniture manufacturer, whom which we met with throughout the process. We ended up with a multipurpose working surface that can be lifted to adjust heights and be detached to interface with a couch armrest.

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We started by studying the BoConcept couch anatomy, and the available spaces in a home setting that could be considered as opportunities.

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From here we generated scale models of the couches based on a 1:10 scale and average dimensions from their most popular couches. We refined over 100 prototypes down to 15 ideas that had promising directions.

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After critiques, comments, and validations, we moved on and made a full scale section of couch from cardboard and made full scale prototypes. We liked the idea of transformation and having multiple uses for the one object.

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We used aircraft plywood and multiple layers of scrap maple and walnut veneer to create a rigid enough body to test our ‘L’ shapes stiffness, and its ability to be machined on the router for the slot.

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We developed some simple hardware mechanics to create our 90 degree turning hinge to allow the release of a module from the wall. This was later 3D printed and implemented as a sliding block behind the base board.

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The final design can slide from a high chair sitting desk to a shelf position (left), or from a sitting desk height to a standing desk position (right).

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For a full process outline please see the process book here.


Special thanks to Christian Blyt, Imu Chan, BoConcept, Stas Krakov, and Michaela Rechtschaffer.