3 weeks in Fall 2013 for Room for Musical Experiences at Umeå Institute of Design (Year 1).
Rock Sofa is a piece of furniture that exposes visitors of Guitars – The Museum to the vibrations of famous rock bass lines and evokes memories of leaning against the back wall of a live concert.
The challenge was to design an interactive musical installation for visitors to experience music in unexpected and fun ways at one of the largest guitar collection is the world at Guitars – the Museum.
Inspired by how the Royal Orchestra of Wales plays concerts for deaf children, I decided on trying to come up with a design that people with hearing difficulties would enjoy just as much as everybody else.
How It Works
As soon as museum visitors decide to sit on a Rock Sofa or Rock Chair a large subwoofer will start playing either the bass lines of famous rock songs or tell them an interesting guitar trivia story. The idea is that each piece of furniture has its own stories from its previous life in the back-stage areas of concert venues to tell.
Each Rock Sofa consists of a sensor that senses when people sit down and get up, a large speaker built into the furniture and an Arduino microprocessor. For this project multiple functioning prototypes as well as an experience video prototype were built.
Press and Next Steps
Rock Sofa was selected from fourteen other concepts by Fredrick Fagerlund, the Head of Public Relations of Guitars – The Museum, to be built and exhibited once the museum opens on 1st February 2014. Rock Sofa was also featured in the newspapers Västerbotten Kurieren and Totalt Umeå.
|School||Umeå Institute of Design|
|Class||Room for Musical Experiences|
|Project Partner||Guitars – The Museum|
|Tutors||Niklas Andersson, Niklas Wolkert|
|Year||Fall 2013 (3 weeks)|
|Skills||Video Prototyping, Physical Prototyping (Arduino), Storytelling, After Effects|