Why this project?
"I believe design makes the biggest impact in people's life when you truly understand their behaviour, values and drivers. In what way can love and initimacy influence a shower concept?"
A 3-week project in collaboration with FM Mattson Mora, which has been executed at the Umeaå Institute of Design in September 2015.
If we talk about showering together, most of us can come up with the positive and negative aspects to this intimate moment. I set myself the goal to translate these positive experiences into an object that represents this expression of intimacy, while increasing its functionalities.
Relief is a shower concept which empowers the pleasure to shower together. This shower, inspired by mother nature’s beauty, can not only be used as a couple shower, but could give you a complete wellness experience when showering alone.
Prioritising the emotional bond with your shower
Designers tend to think in a problem - solution approach, which helps to easily explain why to move forward with a specific product solution. Once a problem is identified and solved in a user-friendly way, he or she will emotionally be bound with it. User research showed me both the positive and negative aspects of showering together as a couple. Emotions play a big role in the acceptance of newly developed product, especially when it comes to a shower that focussus on the joy of showering together. The previous defined design opportunity is based on the following four main insights.
From scratch to a concept
Since the project was a 3-week project, ther pace was high. As a class, we starterd brainstorming together for two days regarding technologies related to digital showering. After the collective brainstorm I started to sketch more ideas related to the topics I found interesting. Withing the three weeks, analogue & digital sketches, sketch models and a final scale model have been made.
relief - empowering the joy of showering together
relief is a shower concept which empowers the pleasure to shower together. This shower, inspired by mother nature’s beauty, can not only be used as a couple shower, but could give you a complete wellness experience when showering alone. The twigs of the shower could be used independently to satisfy your needs or create a complete indoor wellness experience. The shower can be used with the handles, whose are positioned at the bottom.