Application of Co-creation Design Experiences to the Development of Green Furniture
With the trend of environmental protection around the globe, the development of most green furniture in the past emphasized on the production processes and technical applications and more particularly on material selections and functional improvements. However, the user demands which keep pace with the times have seldom been considered. Thus it is difficult to satisfy the diversified demands for green furniture’s creativity and functions by modern consumers whose motivation of buying is thus reduced. Moreover, with the rise of the creativity generation nowadays, people of the fresh new generation always have ever-changing creativity. Enterprises and those who develop products should collaborate with consumers and give users the room for product creation so as to satisfy the concept of user creation and fulfill the design experiences.
Based on the ideas of “value co-creation with users” and “experience service”, the topic of “co-creation design experience” was investigated in this study with discussions on the possibility for an enterprise to develop products in joint cooperation with users. Enterprises should no longer develop products independently but should view users as the co-workers for product development. This allows users to participate in design processes and own design experiences so that it is possible to co-create products’ new values with users. This study connects users’ creativity in series for considering the balancing point of the co-creation between enterprises and users on product values. A “development procedure for products co-created with users” was proposed. Paper pallets were used as the material and a set of innovative eco-friendly furniture was successfully developed for satisfying the co-creation design experience between an enterprise and its users. For the meaning of this innovative eco-friendly furniture, it resembles LEGO toy blocks, which let the users enjoy the design experience by bringing their creativity into play and assemble the parts of the eco-friendly furniture without the need of additional learning or tools.
KeywordsCo-creation Design experience User innovation Green furniture
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