In collaboration with IKEA, PlayMate is a conceptual furniture piece designed with Tom Dixon for his Delaktig modular bed and sofa which facilitates sustainability and explores notions of adaptability depending on the way customers would like to “hack”. Unlike usual furnitures guiding people interact with, PlayMate aims to become an extension of a person’s body, which flows with activities happening in the space and grow up with its owner.
The design is inspired by Lego as well as common experiences people have. Many of them have trouble transporting frames and mattress. And usually the first thing they think of is where to place beds when they move into new apartments since beds come with standard sizes and take a lot of spaces. Also, within a family, children grow up quickly. As they wear bigger and bigger clothes, it is necessary to update their furnitures. So why not play with furnitures like Lego and let them become “Transformers"?
After several prototypes, I design this basic bricks as building blocks for frames. They can be easily connected to each other with rotating ranges to form curves in order to prevent people getting hurt. Mattresses constitute by modules which function as storage box to maximize utilization of spaces underneath. Meanwhile, various add-on components like the humidifier I designed can be locked on and taken off the frame at any time. Aesthetic visual language is influenced by SANAA and Toyo Ito's architectures.
Collaboration with IKEA and Tom Dixon
Fast Co.Design: https://www.fastcodesign.com/90108310/ikeas-newest-designers-are-college-kids
The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/fashion/tom-dixon-ikea-furniture.html