A Study of the Attractive Factors for the Kidult Furniture

Yi-Ning Lee
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Chun-Heng Ho
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

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Ingår i: KEER2014. Proceedings of the 5th Kanesi Engineering and Emotion Research; International Conference; Linköping; Sweden; June 11-13

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 100:117, s. 1407-1415

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Publicerad: 2014-06-11

ISBN: 978-91-7519-276-5

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


With the changing times; people not only concern about the functions of a product but also focus on the emotional connection with a product. Taking furniture; for example; it is a part of our life because we use and rely on it every day. When people interact with it; an emotional connection is then built up. As a result; it is particularly important that new furniture design can satisfy the emerging needs in emotion. In this study; the authors would catch the idea of ’kidult’; which combines the two words ’kid’ and ’adult’. It means a person who continues to participate in and enjoy youth culture (McFedries; 2002). Nowadays; the ’kidult furniture’ already exists in the market; whereas the definition and the features of this kind of furniture are not clear. Therefore; in this study; the authors used ’Evaluation Grid Method’ to explore the attractive factors of kidult furniture. Then the factors were justified by the discussion of the existing design projects. As a result; this study proposed some important abstract and concrete features for kidult furniture which can be categorized into four categories; i.e. shape; material; multifunction; and interaction. In the future; this finding would help designers to design kidult furniture better.


Emotion; Furniture; Kidult; Evaluation Grid Method; Miryoku Engineering


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