Emotion in furniture?

Hey guys

I’ve been looking into furniture that portrays certain emotions to the user, but so far all i have is colours igniting the senses for the users and also the design that portrays certain images, im wondering if theres more to it?

I think you might have to elaborate a bit further on what you are asking and meaning specifically…

eg: there is furniture that can be very animated, playful, that portrays a feeling of ‘happy’, ‘fun’ etc. because of its form and aesthetics.


eg: furniture reflects the user’s emotions when they interact with it? Or by touching the furniture is reacting to how they have been touched? (turn red if angry etc.)

I’ve read somewhere that using a furniture piece daily gives an emotional reward … this is what i dont understand.
“Emotional reward”
Is it the way it was designed, the function, material? ergonomics that allows the user to sit comfortably? which results in a emotional award of happiness and relaxation? ( a chair for example )

For me emotion in furniture would be rather the shape, design, material etc. that influence on our thoughts and feelings. It’s something similar to the painting that u should feel and understand when u’re watching it. It is more complicated and not everyone would understand it as it was thought to be…

that is a difficult question and i have no idea if i helped u anything but i was trying :wink:

When we talk about the emotive characteristics of a product, we are talking about the product’s ability to elicit an emotional response from its user. These emotive characteristics can be designed and deliberate (the designer gives the product a “voice” that visually communicates something), or it can be the result of personal experience (warm feelings about a certain kind of La-Z-Boy that your dad used to sit in). This is a very powerful area for design if done right, because it elevates a chair or other product from being simply functional, to also being beautiful and evocative - things that help it to build a connection with a customer. Products can communicate all kinds of things. Furniture for instance, can communicate sturdiness and reliability, hominess, carefree, etc etc etc. Your job is to figure out what you want to communicate and find visual cues or other details that will help you in your mission. You might want to check out the recent thread on mood boards.

This I find an interesting (and a quirky vid) example because of the furniture provoking very distinct and different emotional reactions from the user.

Just a fixed single position, or I wonder if Matti Klenell’s Teddy Bear chair can be articulated … laid out flat for example.

I love Eero Aarnio’s Ball Chair [Adelta, 1963] for the seclusion it offers without loosing touch with others in a room.

But I’m still fond of the Wing Chair, that my came down from my grandfather, for it’s human scale (solid construction but not too big, and not too heavy, “proper” seat height so it’s easy to get into and out of). And obviously for it’s sentimental value.

Emotion in this case, for me is also something that transcends from the furniture and communicates personally on a deep level, this might not have been “designed into”. i.e an old rattan chair bringing up memories of grandma (or a tropical paradise depending on who?).
Somehow I also thought of this piece, it has a very sweet emotional impact and tells a story effortlessly.

Another offspring-themed piece:

I actually did my thesis on this sort of topic. There are a lot of things out there, you just have to look. Check out the placenta chair, for one. There are plenty of interactive, both electronically and mechanically, furniture pieces as well as many more that are just fun and others that are creepy. Some are like playgrounds. Others are comforting. Some are coffin-shaped coffee tables. Some light up when you touch them. And technically, almost anything elicits an emotion on some sort of visceral level. Short on time, but will follow up with some real examples.

Now this kind of furniture is way cool. I thinks as long as it is provocative in some way, or it makes you feel something or think something when you look at it - then it’s done it’s job like 2gts. Of course it still needs to be functional as a piece of furniture, I mean if you design a chair that is very stimulating to look at, it still needs to be comfortable to sit on.

I 'd love to have some custom furniture designed for my home, but the budget just won’t stretch unfortunately.