In this project it has been examined through a design-process, how it is possible to adapt furniture to new forms for labour and education. This have resulted in a design created for the furniture company Labofa, and for their audience. The design process has been based on a body of research, which has accounted for the factors that have affected the future of the labour market and educational institutions. This have been used to look at the benefits and the drawbacks of tomorrows (and today ́s) open work environment.
The project has include research on how ergonomics affect the body, and how it can be used to design a product better suited for Labofa’s audience.
It have been clarified that the factors of technology, demography and globalization have a great impact on the labour market and education. Teamwork will have a greater influence, which an open work environment will be able to meet. However, this can cause problems in terms of noise and friction because of different ways of working.
With inspiration from Labofa’s design idiom, there have through a focus on ergonomics been designed a concept, which covers different work positions and the target groups needs.
The concept allows a dynamic work flow, and is therefore suited for the work and education (now and) in the future.
This led through the design to the conclusion, that a piece of furniture have among other factors to be dynamic and ergonomic, to be able to fit the future work and educational environments.