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The Design of a Multipurpose Chair for Children


Paul, Charles Craig (1948) The Design of a Multipurpose Chair for Children. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/hrn6-ym94.


A combination high chair, youth chair and low chair has been designed and developed for a mass market.

A market survey was conducted to determine the controlling market factors for design considerations. It indicated that the children's furniture business is highly competitive with many firms manufacturing high grade products. Competitive products were studied to evaluate their design features. Parents' desires were brought out by a consumer survey. A physiological study established the relationships of the seat, backrest and footrest.

The final design has been directed toward the large potential market desiring a multipurpose seat for children. It has three distinct uses, (1) high chair, (2) youth chair, (3) low chair. It consists of an aluminum tubing frame, a large plastic tray for food serving and play area, and a plastic fabric seat that is easy to clean and comfortable to sit in.

The color scheme of gray and yellow or red is very appealing. It is a chair that mothers will find hard to resist.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:(Industrial Design)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Clark, Donald S.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1948
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:03062024-191723786
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:16318
Deposited By: Benjamin Perez
Deposited On:07 Mar 2024 19:29
Last Modified:07 Mar 2024 19:30

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