Parametric Assistive-Universal Furniture: Allowing Products That are Tailored to Specific Needs Preserve Formal Design Intent
Kevin Shankwiler, IDSA, Donald Burlock, Duane Rollins, Russell Gentry
Georgia Institute of Technology
This paper discusses the development of a test-case model of parametrically driven assistive-universal furniture. The project aimed to produce a digital representation of furniture incorporating geometry that is variable for the purpose of accommodating a range of given users’ physical abilities and body types. The authors show how associative-mapping techniques were employed to understand and illustrate the inter-relationships between human and artifact geometry, and how manufacturing characteristics were substantiated through fabrication of full-scale iterative variations. Georgia Tech’s School of Industrial Design led this research effort in collaboration with the Digital Fabrication Lab and the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access.