Johnathan Wu-Uchair Office Chair

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Interview with Johnathan Wu : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Johnathan Wu : The product concept arises from the desire to improve the integrated experience of a computer user. Over the past decade, many advances have been made towards the design, features and performance of a computer hardware, but very little attention has been shown towards interrelated objects such as chairs, desks and supporting accessories. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Johnathan Wu : uChair is an extension of one's self. It's an expression of the personality. We want to give the user the flexibility to do that while having incorporating useful features into the chair. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Johnathan Wu : We're constantly refining the design to make it more comfortable and useful. We plan to make the prototype in June 2013. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Johnathan Wu : It took well more than 1 year. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Johnathan Wu : This innovation came to life when a small team of engineers, designers and gamers meet and worked together at a cyber café to create innovative products affordable by the masses. We were asking ourselves how we could improve the integrated experience of a computer user? How could our products assist their digital lives? .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Johnathan Wu : We are addressing both the generation Y designer lifestyle market and as well as the hardware gaming market which is predicted to reach 35.4 billion in 2016. .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Johnathan Wu : It's never been done before. This innovation was possible because we apply multi-faceted perspectives and applied that to objects that would have been designed in a traditional way – such as the office chair. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Johnathan Wu : uChair is very personal to the user. It's an extension of one's self. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Johnathan Wu : Solidworks. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Johnathan Wu : Personalisable banners, armrest toys and supporting accessories - such as keyboard / mouse tray. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Johnathan Wu : Product Manager, Industrial Designer and Material Engineer. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Johnathan Wu : It's about understanding today's technology environment and how could this design support that environment? .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Johnathan Wu : The primary designer (Johnathan) does not have a design background, this is one of his first work. So he wanted to test the reaction of the public to his designs. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Johnathan Wu : We're always improving and pushing boundaries by overcoming challenges. .

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