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Dufour - smart solution to space woes

on 08 Januari 2010.

MANY people living in flats like to enjoy the scenic view from their veranda together with other family members, while drinking coffee or tea.

But sometimes due to limited space, not all have the pleasure of enjoying the spot.

Looking into this problem and how best to fully utilise the limited veranda space flats have, the Applied Art and Creative Faculty of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) has conducted research in the hope of finding a solution.

"This research aims to investigate the usage of dual-function furniture that can fit in a small area and meet the people's needs," said Unimas researcher Dr Khairul Aidil Azlin Abd Rahman.


For instance, having people over is a real challenge if you don't have enough seating to make them comfortable.

He said from the research, conducted together with fellow researcher Md Syaikhul Al Hafiz Salleh, a number of weaknesses of existing furniture designs have been identified.

They include chair structure, functions, rigidity, storage structure, ergonomics, packaging, mobility, finishing, material application and local identity.

"Through design analysis, Dual- Functions Outdoor Furniture, or Dufour was created," Khairul Aidil said.

He said the advantage of the dual-function furniture design is a two-seater wooden bench that can easily be converted into a four-seater bench and a table with a simple pull-up extension.

"By using tropical Meranti wood with dark brown stain finish and ornamental engraving using laser cutter, we have a truly authentic Malaysian product that offers a smart solution to space constraint in city living," he added.

For outdoor usage, an optional accessory such as a big umbrella can be added to create a cozy look with a functional purpose.

The design focuses on geometrical form for easy production, finishing, compact packaging, DIY assembly and production cost.

For ease of mobility, the entire system can be easily altered in shape or form by the user. As a result, the flexibility of the system makes possible the accommodation of any floor plan configuration.

Article Extracted from The Business Times.

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