Duration: Feb, 2014 - May, 2014
Apikri is an artisan group in Indonesia that promotes fair trade. The project was based on an imaginative collaboration with the artisan group. The goal was to design home goods that utilize their unique techniques.
Most of the products from the artisan group are sold to western countries. However due to the cultural differences, there is a mismatch between the design and what is desired by users.
How can I design a product that bridges the gap between the valuable crafts of the artisan group and the modern lifestyle?
Version I - Space between bamboo slats allows natural ventilation
The bamboo laptop desk is inspired by the woven bamboo pillow used for sleeping. Connected by fishing wire, the bamboo slats allow just enough cushion for the user to put on the lap. Space between slats also creates natural ventilation for laptop.
Version II - A combination of food tray and laptop desk
The desk is detachable. Users can use the bamboo tray and the pillow together or separately.
Use of QR code to connect users with artisans
By scanning the QR code, which is included on the tag of the pillow, users are able to read about the story of the product and the artisan group through the app of Apikri.
App of the artisan group
The app enables users to browse through or purchase products of the group, to read about stories of the artisans, and to learn about the craft techniques that the group uses.