Entrusted with the opportunity to redefine the experience of Indian bathrooms, my vision explores usage habits of middle to higher income Indian families in order to redefine the functionality, usage and experience of storage furniture for Indian bathrooms.
Bathrooms in India are used in a peculiar fashion. Classified under the category of "wet bathrooms", water is the core element used in all hygiene maintaining processes (bathing, post-defecation cleaning etc.). Undertaking these processes often causes water to wet its surroundings. In addition, bathroom layouts are affected by limited space, housing provisions for various systems (usable water, sewage and ventilation) and building structures. This creates spaces that often are cramped, ill-logical use wise (for example; shower at entrance with wash basin towards extreme end) and that have very little to no provisions for storage of toiletries and related items. This causes relocation of these items in-turn causing discomfort and a sense of being unhygienic. And to add to this, storage devices available in the market are incompatible size-wise, budget-wise and endurance wise.
The above observations made caused me to research and discover an opportunity in enhancing the use and thereby the experience of indian bathrooms.
Initiated as an undergraduate team project, Sony Flux is an approach to merging portable media devices with home entertainment systems.Undertaken in 2008, this project looked into trending media devices and mediums of that year.
Developed during my undergraduate degree, Chhin Nung or "one piece" in Thai language is a furniture module concept that functions as a simple and rugged "chaise lounge". When used in multiples, this enables scalability and modularity in function morphing into anything from a book case to an exhibition booth. Designed to ease transportability and assembly, Chhin Nung not only saves space, but also demonstrates crisp elegance in simplicity.
Pursued as an undergraduate team project in spatial design, the Hua Lamphong Train Station posed great opportunities in the realm of transit seating and interim luggage storage.
After observing and interviewing passengers over a period of 9 weeks, we noted underutilization of seating due to its generic design that offered no space to hold luggage and its arrangement in tight rows that left the middle of these very rows unoccupied due to difficulty in accessing them. This caused a lot of passengers to seat themselves along the isles on the floor (customary to Thai culture) which blocked free flow of foot traffic often causing discomfort when rushing for trains. Interim luggage was another such issue that we discovered during our observations.
Our vision is to device a seating system to offer seating options to individuals and families while offering storage capabilities for their luggage. Our vision also encompasses an easy to use storage system that allows for systematic storing and retrieving of luggage while ensuring they adhere to safety standards.