The purpose of this project was to make moving from one location to another an easier process by developing a creative furniture piece that can be used for storage.
Research on the actual moving process and existing moving solutions was done to gather information to begin this project. At the beginning of ideation, light-weight materials and folding structures were studied, and several new furniture solutions were explored. Concepts such as a storage stool, a transformable shelf, and bamboo roll furniture were created and tested.
A storage stool was selected for further development, because it provided the best fit for the project objective and was elegant looking. Structure, material, joints, and some details were refined during a long process of prototyping and testing.
The final design turned out to be a folding storage stool made with polypropylene. It is a stool as well as a moving bag; light, strong, durable, and water-resistant to some extent. It also can be used as a laundry bag or a grocery shopping bag.
Industrial Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Yang, Liu, "Flap Stool Storage Furniture for Urban Nomads" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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