For my senior thesis project, I created modular, transformative furniture for new parents. The goal of this project was to create environmentally conscious furniture by extending product lifetime. While I was focused on reducing furniture waste, I was also focused on facilitating meaningful interactions between parent and child.
My final product is a rocking loveseat that executes the functions of a rocker, cradle, doc-a-tot, tummy time mat, and toy storage container, all in one. The cradle, once outgrown, can become a storage ottoman with either a hard tabletop or a soft top. The fabric storage drawers and cushion covers are easily removable and machine washable to accommodate the everyday messes of family life. The rockers are removable and, when removed, can be stored in the fabric storage drawers. The goal of this design is to facilitate convenient and meaningful interactions between parent and child, whether it be in infancy by providing a space for rocking, napping, and feeding, or in toddlerhood and childhood by providing a space for reading, learning and playing.