Developing Furniture Concepts

At LYNK, a start-up committed to social entrepreneurship and creating easy access to employment for informal sector workers, we set out to simplify and improve the scalability of furniture pieces being made.

At Lynk, the furniture pieces being sold on the platform were primarily tailored to customers needs and preferences, often unique and one-off pieces. Alongside this, we wanted to develop furniture concepts that were more replicable, scalable, easy to transport and modular. Using the database of furniture, I collaborated with carpenters to evaluate the feasibility of the concepts and figure out how their skillsets could align with different furniture concepts.

Evaluating what types of skillsets different carpenters and makers have. Categorizing client requests into different themes and types of furniture.

Simplifying furniture styles and standardizing certain measurements. Creating room for modularity, customization, mixing and matching furniture components.

Matching carpenter skillsets to different ‘furniture families’ or pieces of furniture.

I designed a variety of ‘furniture families’ that resolved problems around assembly and transportation, resulting in simple flatpack pieces that are assembled by slotting into one another and can be flatpacked for ease of transportation. Apart from standardizing pieces of furniture by assimilating size and style, customers would have the option of customizing pieces of furniture by mixing and matching the legs of stool and tables. 

Furniture Concepts @ LYNK
Nairobi, Kenya
Content courtesy of LYNK

Role: Product & Furniture design  |  Strategy  |  Facilitation between client and maker  |