shift desk & vanity
Shift is a furniture piece that maximizes usage and minimizes the amount of space used. It was designed for women who have limited space in their homes. It opens up into a lighted vanity with storage, and when the lid is closed it acts as a working desk.
This furniture piece was designed to fit easily into a small apartment or home, and to be able to store everything that is needed to get ready in the morning as well as desk storage.
The lid acts as a working lighted mirror, and folds down into a working desk which allows the user to maximize space usage.
Fifty women living in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area were polled. 80% of women polled had always wanted a vanity but felt they didn't have the space. 60% of all women polled owned a desk, which was what ignited this idea. Women have a lot of products and routines when they get ready in the morning. Without adequate storage it either winds up scattered in the bathroom or bedroom.
This is the exploration of different shapes and styles while trying to maintain a minimal contemporary look. This was also taking a look at different ways to utilize storage, desk space and seating.
Fine tuning of the overall shape of the desk through a foam core mock up. Looking at dimensions and slowly editing down until it was resolved. Explored different ways of storing, and running electrical through the piece. Getting the height of the seat in relation to the desk to the correct proportion.
A prototype was built out of MDF to get the final dimensions correct, as well as testing out hardware and different ways of hinging the lid.
Final sketches and dimensions
Building the final model per the final spec. Welded the steel rod hairpin legs, and build the desk out of walnut plywood.
3D MODELING IN RHINO