Product that can serve multiple functions for one or for several users, through transformation of function (1), transformation of function to context (2) or transformation to body-type (3).
Multi-functionality can minimise use of resources by optimising product usability.
- It demands user friendly design.
- It creates a risk of low product functionality overall.
- The EMPWR Coat by The Empowerment Plan is a jacket that can transform into a sleeping bag initially developed to help homeless people.
- Houdini’s transformable Cloud jacket.
- Seung Yong Song’s poetic and hybrid furniture.
- The resourcefulness seen in e.g. tiny homes, campervans or boats’ interior design.
Gomes et al. (2015). Furniture Design for a Flexible Use of Dwellings. Sustainable Development Symposium, Lisbon.
Koo et al. (2014). Design Functions in Transformable Garments for Sustainability. International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education, 7(1), 10-20.
Pavko-Čuden & Rant (2017). Multifunctional Foldable Knitted Structures: Fundamentals, Advances and Applications. In: Textiles for Advanced Applications. Intech Open.