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dc.contributor.authorTopping, Marisa Kheen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-17T19:29:38Z
dc.date.available2008-09-17T19:29:38Z
dc.date.issued2008-07-14en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/24683
dc.description.abstractRelationships between furniture and children s play are examined in this research paper, with the purpose of connecting features in furniture to specific play activities. The focus of the research is children between the ages of 4 to 8 years old in the context of indoor play at home. An image survey of furniture created for children s use displays a range of attributes and aesthetics designed into children s furniture. A collage study conducted with designers, parents and teachers reveals the perception of furniture s use and anticipated attractiveness to children by analyzing each item s characteristics. Trace observation of how children manipulate their home environment and home interviews with parents provide opportunities for a detailed description of children s play activities linked to specific pieces of furniture. Child interviews conducted for a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) sponsored research project for the study of Inclusive Indoor Play provided information on children s preferences with respect to indoor play at home. This research paper discusses how the combined data of these four studies links distinct furniture features to specific play activities. The resulting data proposes an informative tool to be used by designers to create furniture more conducive to children s play.en_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.subjectIndustrial designersen_US
dc.subjectDesigneren_US
dc.subjectPlayen_US
dc.subjectChildrenen_US
dc.subjectFurnitureen_US
dc.subjectFurniture designeren_US
dc.subjectChildren's furnitureen_US
dc.subject.lcshFurniture design
dc.subject.lcshChildren's furniture
dc.subject.lcshNeeds assessment
dc.titleRevealing the relationship between furniture and play: an informative tool for designersen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeM.S.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentIndustrial Designen_US
dc.description.advisorCommittee Chair: Kevin D. Shankwiler; Committee Member: Abir Mullick; Committee Member: Alan J. Harpen_US


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