Floor to Form : Reimagining Aged-care Furniture: A cradle to cradle approach through mass customisation and recycling

Floor To Form

Project dates: 01/10/2020 - 30/09/2021

Advancements in robotic manufacturing processes present new opportunities for the realisation of aged care furniture, but require research in design and fabrication, end-user input, product lifecycle management and materials research. Addressing IFE’s Centre for a Waste Free World, this project aims to pilot a cradle to cradle approach to reimagine aged care furniture by creating a user-centred design to fabrication workflow in collaboration with industry partners Healthcraft Furniture, UAP, and the ARM Hub.

Chief Investigators:

Dr Müge Belek Fialho Teixeira, Senior Lecturer, QUT Faculty of Engineering, Interior Architecture
A/Prof Glenda Caldwell, QUT Faculty of Engineering, Architecture
Dr Jared Donovan, Senior Lecturer, QUT Creative Industries Faculty, Interaction Design
Dr Kathleen Mullen, Senior Lecturer, QUT Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry & Physics
Dr Claire Brophy, Lecturer, QUT Creative Industries Faculty, Industrial Design

Academic Team Members

Dr James Strong, Research Fellow, Faculty of Science, School of Biology & Environmental Science

Other Team Members

Agnes Lee, VRES Student, QUT
Christina Chan, VRES Student, QUT
Dr. Ayman Wagdy, Researcher, QUT
Joanne McCallum, Researcher, UQ
Amelia Luu, ARM Hub
Tony Gooley, Healthcraft
Ben Tait, UAP

Funding / Grants

  • IFE Centre for a Waste-free World (2020 - 2021)