Sunday, April 11, 2010


What an interesting lesson, pulling stuff apart is one of my favorite past times. I was astonished when it came to the breville mixer i was amazed at how many parts were inside. Aim was to redesign the mixer to improve its environment impact during and after use. Were used a program called 'Greenfly' and managed to calculate the major materials which caused the greatest harm.

We found that the upper portion of the mixer, consisting of a stainless steel shell and a polycarbonate insert, could be changed to a single piece of polycarbonate, reducing fittings, material, and dropping the waste. Another change that we made was to replace the PCB with single buttons, thus eliminating one of the most damaging parts of waste.


Here are some redesigns of the ikea chair.

With our design we tried to add value to the chair, by having the chair grow with its owner. We had agreed that the target for this type of chair was a first home buyer, mid 20's, low income and is need of a cheap set of chairs to eat dinner off. So they would buy a set of 4 Ikea chairs to sit around a dinner table.

Our redesign saw our chair growing into a rocking chair, when our users grow into a family, with their first child. Instead of buying a new rocking chair, the user can buy an adaption for one of their dinner chairs. This adaption includes 2 half moon shaped feet, and a back support. The feet would be slid on to the feet of the chair,enabling the chair to rock.We considered the fact that the person would be on this chair for a longer period of time, therefore we added additional back support for comfort.