Ollie

Product Design Research | Branding | UX/UI

My Role

Research, Prototype, UX/UI

Collaborators

Length of Project

The Outcome

Ollie is modular furniture that is sustainable, mobile and that can grow with you at any stage of your life.

Recognition

Student Runner Up 

Strategy & Research Award

Core77 Design Awards 2020

Link to the award entry

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The Challenge

The current generation is facing housing crisis, student debt crisis, slack economy, burnout, etc. This generation, the Precariat is highly mobile. In 2017, 45.3% of people 25-34 years-old lived in their home for less than two years. In this process, they often find themselves surrounded by disposable chipboard veneered flat pack furniture.

 

How can we create more sustainable furniture without compromising the look and price?

Market Opportunity: Furniture Waste

• Furniture is the least recycled household item in the U.S.

• 9.7 million tons of furniture waste going to landfills each year

• 74% of Americans prioritize experiences over products

 

Entry Level Furniture

• After paying rent and student loans, there is little money left for furniture leaving many with cheap disposable furniture that is ill-suited to frequent moves

Product

Furniture that stays with you from college, through the moves, and through the milestones of your life. Our furniture is affordable, modular, portable, classically styled, and environmentally conscious. Our furniture are building blocks to build life.

The Opportunity Space

Prototype and Process

Website

Ollie's website highlights both the mobility and permanence as the products are introduced to the customers.  

The main innovation lies in the customizable configuration which is shown through the product animation of moving shelves and drawers.

Customers can begin with one Ollie or keep adding on to create and use as a credenza or a bookshelf. Customers are able to purchase different parts as they get worn out.

Once the customer is done with Ollie, she can return the old Ollie to be recycled and refurbished. She can just schedule a pick up or drop it off to the local store.

Branding

Design for liberation: ‍

When its time to escape the mundanities and drudgery of the city and find solitude and peace of mind, our furniture moves with you rather than ending up broken on the curb.

 

Design to keep for life: ‍

Assembly & disassembly ought to be intuitive making our furniture easy to transport, simple to repair, and a breeze to customize.

Furniture as building blocks in your life:

Each piece will compliment your next step in life, career, and home; upgrade the materials of the components as you get upgraded.

 

Supporting the circular economy & sustainability: ‍

When an item reaches the end of its usefulness we help you get to dispose of it more responsibly. We use ethically sourced and ecologically recycled aluminum. ‍

Whether you're looking to complete your team or simply need a gun for hire, let's touch base to find out how we can collaborate together! 

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