The Afford Chair isn’t exactly affordable because no price has been set yet. What it does is simply afford storage for your different belongings.
Chairs should offer more than just comfortable seating. Many people also believe chairs are an important element of an interior. They are used for decoration that’s why there are designer chairs that are expensive and most coveted. However, for the public setting, chairs should just be basic but who says you can’t use chairs that are smarter?
Designer: June Woo Lee
A lot of areas in our lives have changed because of the pandemic. Going out can be slightly daunting because you know, the virus still lurks. You can’t go out without a facemask. You can’t really leave your things on any surface or on the floor. That is why a chair with storage can be an ideal solution, especially in restaurants, hotels, and schools.
Korean Designer June Woo Lee came up with the Afford Chair to address a number of issues concerning public chairs. His design includes a drawer for storage of your personal stuff. It offers safety because you no longer have to hang your bag from the chair. This will then lessen the chance of having your things stolen because they are kept safe underneath the chair.
The storage is easily accessible because it’s a pull-out drawer. You can’t just pull out the drawer from behind though. You need to pull the base of the seat first. This step adds safety because anyone can’t just pull the drawer from behind. There is a lock that secures the storage when a person sits on the chair.
For coats and jackets, you can also hang them on the Afford Chair’s back, specifically, on the hook. Tuck the rest inside the drawer so your coat won’t touch the floor. Your backpack can still be placed there if you want. It’s still the pandemic and you don’t want your stuff getting dirty. Noise pollution is also reduced with this chair. When you need to move the chair, the sled base glides will work quietly.
The Afford Chair offers the public users many things including comfort, protection, safety, and hygiene. It is also safe to use because of the design of the legs to prevent fallback. If you’re the type who can’t sit still and likes to play with chairs, this one won’t let you.
The materials include plastic and steel so this means Afford will be easy to produce. The chair will also be easy to disinfect and clean. A simple wipe down of the surface with mild soap, detergent, or alcohol will be enough to sanitize the chair.
The chair is one basic furniture piece but we find it cool that a number of innovations can be applied. You see, that is the beauty of industrial design. A good design affords us to improve our lives no matter how mundane the task is.