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Cohousing furniture

Granström, Ylva (2020) In Diploma work IDEM05 20201
Industrial Design
Abstract
A cohouse is a house with private apartments as
well as shared areas and they can be organized in
different ways.

The purpose of the project was to learn more
about cohousing. How the common rooms are
used and what kind of furniture is preferred.

My method was to read about the topic and
then visit cohouses in Sweden and Germany to
do interviews and study the use and function
of the shared spaces. The houses I studied had
between 30 and 100 residents.

I found that in most cohouses people had
common meals, meetings and parties with
dancing. Sometimes the rooms were used for
exercize and play. I often noticed a lack of
flexibility in using the furniture in shared areas.
In some places it was messy and... (More)
A cohouse is a house with private apartments as
well as shared areas and they can be organized in
different ways.

The purpose of the project was to learn more
about cohousing. How the common rooms are
used and what kind of furniture is preferred.

My method was to read about the topic and
then visit cohouses in Sweden and Germany to
do interviews and study the use and function
of the shared spaces. The houses I studied had
between 30 and 100 residents.

I found that in most cohouses people had
common meals, meetings and parties with
dancing. Sometimes the rooms were used for
exercize and play. I often noticed a lack of
flexibility in using the furniture in shared areas.
In some places it was messy and unpractical.

The result is a proposal of foldable furniture
for a flexible use in the common spaces. It
includes a folding table, a folding bench and a
serving table that doubles as a storage for the
other two.

My conclusion is that there is a market
opportunity for thought through solutions for
the furniture in common areas. Existing folding
furniture often lacks storage solutions, looks too
technical or are made for outdoor use. (Less)
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author
Granström, Ylva
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Encourage shared activities in common rooms by improving function and flexibility in furniture
course
IDEM05 20201
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Cohouse, flexible furniture, folding table, serving table, common activities
publication/series
Diploma work
report number
ISRN: LUT-DVIDE/ EX--20/50467SE
other publication id
ISRN
language
English
id
9007277
date added to LUP
2020-03-30 14:21:27
date last changed
2020-04-16 08:23:02
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  abstract     = {A cohouse is a house with private apartments as 
well as shared areas and they can be organized in 
different ways. 

The purpose of the project was to learn more 
about cohousing. How the common rooms are 
used and what kind of furniture is preferred. 

My method was to read about the topic and 
then visit cohouses in Sweden and Germany to 
do interviews and study the use and function 
of the shared spaces. The houses I studied had 
between 30 and 100 residents. 

I found that in most cohouses people had 
common meals, meetings and parties with 
dancing. Sometimes the rooms were used for 
exercize and play. I often noticed a lack of 
flexibility in using the furniture in shared areas. 
In some places it was messy and unpractical.

The result is a proposal of foldable furniture 
for a flexible use in the common spaces. It 
includes a folding table, a folding bench and a 
serving table that doubles as a storage for the 
other two. 

My conclusion is that there is a market 
opportunity for thought through solutions for 
the furniture in common areas. Existing folding 
furniture often lacks storage solutions, looks too 
technical or are made for outdoor use.},
  author       = {Granström, Ylva},
  keyword      = {Cohouse,flexible furniture,folding table,serving table,common activities},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Diploma work},
  title        = {Cohousing furniture},
  year         = {2020},
}