Cooper Henriksen

I designed my sunlounge chair for my auntie (the end-user of the product), who lives in a small country town in North East Victoria. The end-user’s current sunlounge chair is cheap, outdated, uncomfortable and is causing the end-user back pain, warranting a replacement sunlounge chair that provides greater comfort, support and stability. The design adopts a unique shape inspired by a rock formation at a waterfall close to the end-user’s residence, which influenced the shape of the side pieces. The design incorporated a shelf that rotated in and out, rather than slide in and out as most sunlounges in the current market have. The wheels were positioned to ensure the sitting surface was parallel with the ground, and also that the bottom of the chair was resting on the ground when the seat is in use, creating greater support and sturdiness for the user. It was important that the design was also easy to move or reposition, hence why the handle at the back of the product was implemented, allowing the user to lift the back of the chair and engage the wheels to move it (much like a wheel barrow). Multiple designs were looked at, analysed and considered with a focus on the end-user’s environment, as well as the design being unique and innovative. Different applications of lines and shapes were also incorporated into different sketches and design options. My main idea and focus was to create something that was going to not only look good, but also be functional for my auntie and different to sunlounge chairs that can currently be found in the market.


A picture of the sunlounge chair (shelf closed)
A picture of the sunlounge chair (shelf opened)
A picture of the framework being constructed
A picture of the side pieces being oiled
A picture of the wheels attached to the frame
A picture of the handle attached to the back panel
A picture of the sunlounge chair assembled without the slats
A close up of the open shelf
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