SHIFT is designed for outdoor workspaces. It provides a seamless transition between informal collaboration and individual work. It can be easily modified to different positions, which allows people to sit actively and work comfortably.​ This work was exhibited at Haworth Showroom in New York in May 2019.

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Project Type

Furniture Design
Sponsored by Haworth

Why outdoor?

87% of workers spend two to four hours every day working in informal spaces even though they have their own assigned workstation. The outdoors is becoming the new frontier of informal workspace because it provides people with lots of extra benefits.

Resource: Steelcase | Trend 360

An escape from Monotony

Casual, informal, and comfortable space jump-start and sustain creative thinking.

Physical & Emotional Comfort

People need an escape from working in the same place during their day, whether they were alone or with others.

Quick & Informal Interaction

Individual spontaneous insights should be shared more quickly among project team members before ideas are lost.

A versatile and fluid design

Shift features two modes—upright position and lounge mode. It only takes one step to switch between different modes.

Sit how you like

While traditional lounge furniture inhibits movement, Shift encourages it.  Shift accommodates a variety of postures and positions: upright with a laptop at the ready, or reclined with a cup of coffee; legs crossed, or feet up.

Arrange how you like

Shift can be arranged into configurations that support fluid interactions and spontaneous conversations across the entire space, keeping the office in a state of flow, where people are engaged, focused, and able to move freely between collaborative and individual work activities.

Individual Work


Individual Work & Quick Interaction

Design Process

Paper Mock-up

After ideation of the functions and the form, I used this paper mock up to validate the initial mechanism design, using 3 panels connected by hinges to achieve different sitting positions. The next step is to designing a frame to hold these panels nicely.

1/4 Scale Model

The hinge helps avoid the panels moving forward in the up-right position.

The underneath panel supports the hinge and panels in the lounge position.

The strap is added to indicate how to use it.

The angle between the up and middle panels is not ergonomic and needs further improvement.

CMF Exploration

Presented at the Haworth Headquarters in Grand Rapids
January 2019

Exhibited at Haworth Showroom in New York
May 2019

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